Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.


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Complete credited cast:
Cecil Parker ...
Claude (a.k.a. 'Major Courtney')
Louis (a.k.a. 'Mr. Harvey')
Danny Green ...
Jack Warner ...
The Superintendent
Philip Stainton ...
The Sergeant
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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 Rob Hartill

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Release Date:

24 February 1956 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

The Lady Killers  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


(colour) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This marked director Alexander Mackendrick's last film for Ealing Studios. See more »


When the gang block the van during the hold-up and one of the guards puts his head out of the window to remonstrate with them, what he says is out of synch with the movements of his mouth. See more »


Claude: [the gang is waiting inside the car for One-Round, whose cello case is caught in the crack of the front door of Mrs. Wilberforce's flat] What is that moron playing at?
One-Round: [Yelling] It's stuck in the door. The case is stuck...
Harry: [Interrupts] Well, ring the bell, brains. Don't just stand there.
Harry: [One-Round rings the bell] Thank you.
Professor Marcus: [...]
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During the opening credits, roses are shown, to highlight the fact that William Rose wrote the screenplay. See more »


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Minuet in E major
Written by Luigi Boccherini, arranged for string ensemble
[playing on the phonograph whenever the robbers are pretending to be practicing]
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A real classic
23 October 2004 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

Alec Guiness has to be one of the greatest actors of all time, and his role in The Lady Killers does not buck the trend. From the first moment I saw his dark shape looming through the doorway, I knew the character would be well creepy. And boy was it! With that horrible grin, those horrible teeth and that horrible laugh, it's little wonder that even the grim Herbert Lom starts to get a little freaked out.

Nevertheless, Katie Johnson as the infuriating Mrs Wilberforce almost succeeds in stealing the show. There cannot be a more annoying person in the world, from the point of view of policemen, criminals and baggage handlers alike.

The best scene of all, in my opinion, is the very last one, but I won't spoil it for you if you haven't seen it. I haven't actually watched the re-make of the film, and I'm certainly a big Tom Hanks fan, but I think it must be hard-pressed to beat this hilarious original. 8 out of 10. Obviously, it's rather old-fashioned and might not appeal to everyone's sense of humour. Ko, Izzy.

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