The Ladykillers (1955)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Black Comedy, Crime Comedy, Farce  |   Release Date - Dec 8, 1955 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Music professor Alec Guinness rents a London flat from sweet old lady Katie Johnson. He tells her that, from time to time, several other musicians will visit in order to rehearse. In truth, Guinness can't play a note, nor can his visitors: he's a criminal mastermind, holding court over a gang of thieves, including the likes of punkish Peter Sellers, homicidal Herbert Lom and punchdrunk Danny Green. The gang uses Guinness' flat as headquarters as they conceive a daring 60,000 pound robbery. After pulling off the job, the gang stuffs the loot in a railway station locker. To avoid detection, Guinness convinces the ever-trusting Johnson to pick up the money. Through a series of comic complications, Johnson returns home with a police escort, with neither the woman nor the bobbies suspecting that she's carrying a fortune in her suitcase. Mistakenly believing that Johnson has ratted on them, the gang reluctantly plans to eliminate her. The Ladykillers won an Oscar nomination for William Rose's screenplay, and a BFA award for veteran character actress Johnson.

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robbery, assumed-identity, con/scam, elderly, loot, money, murder-attempt, police, bank-robbery

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High Artistic Quality, High Historical Importance