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Zany collection of misfits led by aging military man (Terry-Thomas) go on a spree of robbing mink coats. An unlikely trio of women (Athene Seyler, Hattie Jacques, and Elspeth Duxbury) find new reasons to live ... until their housekeeper (Billie Whitelaw), an ex-con is suspected of the robberies. Written by
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Of all the cast, the ones who loved longest after the film was completed were Billie Whitelaw & Athene Seyler. Sadly, Terry Thomas, Hartie Jacques, Kenneth Williams, Elspeth Duxbury had all passed away -- Ms. Duxbury passing away the earliest; 1967. Ms. Seyler - who was the oldest cast member - passed away in '91, and Ms. Whitelaw passed away in 2014. See more »
Just saw it on TCM. It was much funnier than I expected. It is unusual for a slapstick comedy to have so much sympathy for the characters. You really get to like them. Even the love interest is well done. Its well worth watching. Terry Thomas is superb. As good as I remembered him from my misspent youth. The three women who worked with him were also very good. I didn't remember any of them but will look for them in the future. It is a shame that the wondrous tradition of British comedies disappeared. From Guiness to Sellars to Margaret Rutherford. The Remake of The Ladykillers proved just how good they were. It is amazing how even a fine actor like Tom Hanks was unable to match the quality of the original movie.
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