The Ladykillers is a 1955 British black comedy crime film directed by Alexander Mackendrick for Ealing Studios. It stars Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, Jack Warner, and Katie Johnson as the old lady, Mrs. Wilberforce.
Mrs Wilberforce is a sweet and eccentric old widow who lives alone with her raucous parrots in a gradually subsiding lopsided house, built over the entrance to a railway tunnel in Kings Cross, London. With nothing to occupy her time and an active imagination, she is a frequent visitor to the local police station where she reports fanciful suspicions regarding neighbourhood activities. Having led wild-goose chases in the past, she is humoured by the officers there who give her reports no credence whatsoever.
|genre||comedy crime drama|
|keywords||boccherini cello change of heart cockney draw lots dump fall gang member kill london king\'s cross railway station minuet musical instruments nothing pass plan police station railway semaphore signal railway signal railway station record rehearsal space snipe hunt sortition spiv starve starving artist string string quintet trap wild-goose chases|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay|
|publisher||The Rank Organisation|
|theme||black comedy crime comedy heist|