Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time.
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. Written by
When the parrot flies out of the living room and into the hallway, it clearly says "Alec Guinness" as it lands. See more »
When Professor Marcus first calls at Mrs Wilberforce's boarding house she opens the door and it is never closed, yet we see Professor Marcus standing in front of a closed door a few moments later. See more »
[looking blankly at his cello]
Are we supposed to make noises with these things? What kind o' noises?
Who is she?
Not "noises," One-Round, *music*!
I said what does she mean, you...
[Professor Marcus shushes him and turns on the record, dancing a bit to the music]
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During the opening credits, roses are shown, to highlight the fact that William Rose wrote the screenplay. See more »
I won't go on about this, but I think this is one of the funniest comedies I've ever watched. So did my ten-year-old, with whom I've watched it many times on tape. I say "one of the funniest" deliberately because this is about as good as it gets, and other comedies have reached that same asymptotic height -- "Dr. Strangelove," for instance, or "Some Like it Hot," -- but none have, or is ever likely to, exceed it.
Most of what can be said about this Ealing Comedy has already been said and I won't repeat it. I will add, however, one generally overlooked point. The principal cockatoo, "General Gordon," sees Professor Marcus's shadow on the door and squawks "SOS" in Morse code. One of the scenes I find most amusing, in a film filled with amusing scenes, is when Peter Sellers returns to the old house to find his four thuggish friends trapped in a room full of chirping old ladies in lavender and frothy lace. The thieves hold a cup of tea in one hand and a pastry in the other, except for Guiness who is draped scowling over a player piano that is tinkling out "Silver Threads Among the Gold."
If you feel yourself falling into a funk, this is the one to watch. Well, okay, it's the one to watch anyway. A non pareil, light years better than my spelling of French.
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