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The Ladykillers (1955) was a Comedy - Crime Film directed by Alexander Mackendrick and produced by Michael Balcon and Seth Holt.

Academy Awards 1956 --- Ceremony Number 29 (source: AMPAS)

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The Ladykillers (1955)

By Beatrice on Feb 2, 2016 From Flickers in Time

The Ladykillers Directed by Alexander Mackendrick Written by William Rose 1955/UK The Rank Organization/Ealing Studios Repeat viewing/Netflix rental #290 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die One of Ealing Studio’s last comedies is among its very best. Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness) ... Read full article


The Ladykillers (1955)

By Angela on Aug 4, 2013 From Hollywood Revue

Louisa Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) is a lonely, old woman.? She lives alone with her parrots and passes her time by watching her neighbors and concocting wild stories about them to report to the police.? The police politely listen to her tales, but realize they’re just nonsense and don’t... Read full article


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[Mrs. Wilberforce has just discovered the money. Louis pulls Harry aside]
Louis: We must get her out of here.
Harry: A snatch?
Louis: Get her into the car.
[One of Mrs. Wilberforce's guests arrives]
Louis: We'll have to take them both. We've got to get away!
[Two more guests arrive]
Harry: What do you think we should do? Charter a bus?


Professor Marcus: One-Round, there is a wheelbarrow outside, could you fetch it? The Major has a train to catch.


[after Louis has 'dealt' with the Major on the roof']
Professor Marcus: Well, where is he? Where *is* the Major? Is he up there still?
Harry: No, no, he, uh, he come down.
Professor Marcus: Well bring him here!
Harry: He come down... with the chimney-pot.
Professor Marcus: With the chimney- ?
[chuckles]
Professor Marcus: Is he hurt?
Louis: I shouldn't think he felt a thing.


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Richard Attenborough was originally considered for the role of Harry, by director Alexander Mackendrick.
The tunnel mouth is the south end of Copenhagen Tunnel, the second tunnel on the main line out of King's Cross station. There are real houses in the area, but the rear exterior of Mrs. Wilberforce's house is a set built in front of a blank wall. Exterior scenes at the front of the house were shot on Argyle Street, about 3/4 mile south (see goofs entry); the interiors are a studio set.
William Rose claimed to have dreamed the entire story from start to finish.
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