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Ealing Comedies
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The Ladykillers

Directed by Alexander Mackendrick
United Kingdom, 1955
Comedy, Crime
  • English
  • English
Ealing Comedies


A gang planning a ‘job’ find themselves living with a little old lady, who thinks they are musicians. When the gang set out to kill Mrs Wilberforce, they run into one problem after another, and they get what they deserve.

Our take

Today we launch a retrospective devoted to the film company behind the golden era of post-war British comedies, Ealing Studios. We begin with one of the very best: Forget the misguided Coen brothers remake, Alexander Mackendrick’s 1955 gem starring Alec Guinness is a wickedly funny classic.

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Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1957 | Nominee: Best Writing, Best Screenplay - Original

BAFTA Awards

1956 | 2 wins including: Best British Actress

1956 | 2 nominations including: Best British Film

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