The Ladykillers ()

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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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Professor Marcus
Claude (a.k.a. 'Major Courtney')
Louis (a.k.a. 'Mr. Harvey')
Harry (a.k.a. 'Mr. Robinson')
One-Round (a.k.a. 'Mr. Lawson')
The Superintendent
The Old Lady - Mrs. Wilberforce
Philip Stainton ...
The Sergeant
The Barrow Boy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Large Lady (uncredited)
Hélène Burls ...
Hypatia (uncredited)
Jimmy Charters ...
Bystander (uncredited)
Cab Driver (uncredited)
Michael Corcoran ...
Burglar (uncredited)
Michael Corcoran ...
Burglar (uncredited)
Parcels Clerk (uncredited)
Fred Griffiths ...
Junk Man (uncredited)
Lucy Griffiths ...
Miss Pringle (uncredited)
George Hilsdon ...
Security Van Driver (uncredited)
Phoebe Hodgson ...
Constance (uncredited)
Vincent Holman ...
Station Master (uncredited)
Arthur Howell ...
Constable (uncredited)
Anthony John ...
Child (uncredited)
Security Guard (uncredited)
Frederick Kelsey ...
Man in Street (uncredited)
Evelyn Kerry ...
Amelia (uncredited)
Second Cab Driver (uncredited)
Anthony Lang ...
Bystander (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ...
Lady Leaving Kings Cross Station (uncredited)
Lettice (uncredited)
Jack Melford ...
Detective (uncredited)
Robert Moore ...
Constable (uncredited)
Arthur Mullard ...
Constable (uncredited)
Radio Car Policeman (uncredited)
John Rudling ...
Nervous Man (uncredited)
Leonard Sharp ...
Pavement Artist (uncredited)
George Spence ...
Bystander Near Fruit Barrow (uncredited)
Peter Williams ...
Detective at Parcels Office (uncredited)
Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by

Alexander Mackendrick

Written by

William Rose ... (story)
William Rose ... (screenplay)
Jimmy O'Connor ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

Michael Balcon ... producer
Seth Holt ... associate producer

Music by

Tristram Cary

Cinematography by

Otto Heller ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Jack Harris

Editorial Department

Harry Aldous ... assistant editor
Jim Clark ... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Robin Clarke ... third assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Jim Morahan

Costume Design by

Anthony Mendleson

Makeup Department

Alex Garfath ... makeup artist
Daphne Martin ... hair stylist

Production Management

Hal Mason ... production supervisor
David Peers ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Tom Pevsner ... assistant director
Michael Birkett ... third assistant director (uncredited)
John Meadows ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

W. Simpson Robinson ... scenic artist
Bert Davey ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Norman Dorme ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Tony Rimmington ... junior draughtsman (uncredited)
Jack Shampan ... draughtsman (uncredited)

Sound Department

Stephen Dalby ... sound supervisor (as Steven Dalby)
Gordon Stone ... sound editor
Leo Wilkins ... recordist
E. Belcher ... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Harry Fairbairn ... sound assistant (uncredited)
Ray Palmer ... dubbing crew (uncredited)
W. Robson ... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Bill Rowe ... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Eric Stockl ... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Don Wortham ... boom operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Sydney Pearson ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Chic Waterson ... camera operator (as Chick Waterson)
Alan Bryce ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Harold Hanscomb ... still photographer (uncredited)
Ray Parslow ... focus puller (uncredited)
Herbert Smith ... focus puller (uncredited)

Music Department

Dock Mathieson ... conductor

Other crew

Joan Bridge ... Technicolor colour consultant
Felicia Manheim ... continuity
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Tueurs de dames (France)
  • El quinteto de la muerte (Spain)
  • Ucigaşii de dame (Romania)
  • Betörő az albérlőm (Hungary)
  • Убийцы леди (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 91 min
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Trivia The producers originally rejected director Alexander Mackendrick's choice of Katie Johnson for the role of Mrs. Wilberforce on the grounds that she might be too frail for the project, and so they cast a younger actress who died before filming began. See more »
Goofs The famous minuet heard frequently in the film (supposedly being rehearsed by the crooks) is from Luigi Boccherini's Quintet in E Major, Op.11, No. 5. Most string quintets (Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn, etc.) add a second viola to the conventional string quartet (two violins, viola, cello), and are referred to as "viola quintets." Boccherini, himself a cellist, wrote most of his 100+ string quintets for a combination of two violins, viola, and two cellos, or "cello quintet." The crooks in The Ladykillers -- posing as a viola quintet -- display the wrong combination of instruments for performing the Boccherini minuet, but this may have been intended as a mistake on the part of the crooks rather than the filmmakers. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Ealing Comedies or Kind Hearts and Overdrafts (1970). See more »
Soundtracks Minuet in E major See more »
Crazy Credits During the opening credits, roses are shown, to highlight the fact that William Rose wrote the screenplay. See more »
Quotes Professor Marcus: You're most kind, and if I may say so, you have a very curious and charming house. Such, um, pretty windows.
Mrs. Louisa Wilberforce: Oh, thank you,
[pointing to a window]
Mrs. Louisa Wilberforce: And I rather favour positions...
Professor Marcus: [interrupting] I always think the windows are the eyes of a house, and didn't someone say the eyes are the windows of the soul?
Mrs. Louisa Wilberforce: I don't really know. Oh, it's such a charming thought, I do hope someone expressed it!
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