Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

Buy New

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.

Watch it Instantly
Includes the Amazon Instant Video 24 hour rental at no extra charge. (Learn more)
Buy Used
Used - Good See details
$13.71 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Sold by apex_media.

Sell Us Your Item
For up to a $1.80 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here

The Ladykillers (StudioCanal Collection) [Blu-ray] (1955)

Alec Guinness , Peter Sellers , Alexander Mackendrick  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

List Price: $19.99
Price: $14.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
You Save: $5.00 (25%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 13 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Want it Monday, Oct. 27? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Watch Instantly with Rent Buy
The Ladykillers   $2.99 $9.99

Other Formats & Versions

Amazon Price New from Used from
Multi-Format 1-Disc Version $44.99  
Blu-ray StudioCanal Collection $14.99  
DVD 1-Disc Version $14.98  
Buy This Blu-ray and Watch it Instantly
Watch the Amazon Instant Video rental on your PC, Mac, compatible TV or compatible device at no charge when you buy this Blu-ray disc from Your rental will expire 24 hours after you begin watching or 30 days after your disc purchase, whichever occurs first. The Amazon Instant Video version will be available in Your Video Library and is provided as a gift with disc purchase. Available to US customers only. See Terms and Conditions.
Deal of the Week: Save 56% on The Tim Burton Collection on Blu-ray
This week only, save 56% on The Tim Burton Collection and Hardcover Book on Blu-ray. Fan-favorite films include: Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Mars Attacks!, Corpse Bride, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). The offer to own this collection ends October 25, 2014, 11:59 pm PST. Shop now

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Frequently Bought Together

The Ladykillers (StudioCanal Collection) [Blu-ray] + Lavender Hill Mob [Blu-ray]
Price for both: $45.34

Buy the selected items together
  • Lavender Hill Mob [Blu-ray] $30.35

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Product Details

  • Actors: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Danny Green
  • Directors: Alexander Mackendrick
  • Writers: Jimmy O'Connor, William Rose
  • Producers: Michael Balcon, Seth Holt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG4Q6G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,828 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ladykillers (StudioCanal Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features


Editorial Reviews

Called "one of the greatest comedies ever made” by ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, THE LADYKILLERS showcases Alec Guinness in one of his most unforgettable performances as Professor Marcus, mastermind of a gang of vicious bank robbers who rent a room from an elderly widow. But when the dear old woman begins to meddle in their "perfect crime,” the crooks decide that she might pose the biggest threat of all. Co-starring Peter Sellers in his first major screen role, THE LADYKILLERS remains one of the most ruthlessly black comedies of all time.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
107 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guinness And Sellers In A Classic Comedy January 4, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
A comedy from another place and another time, that right now seems so long ago and far away, "The Ladykillers," directed by Alexander Mackendrick, stars Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom, and stands as a perfect example of how charming, delightful, civilized and yes, "funny," a film can be when approached with intelligence and respect for the audience. Guinness plays Professor Marcus, who puts together a gang to pull off the "perfect" robbery he has concocted. But, as it always is with all things "perfect," it quickly goes awry for the gang, thanks to the involvement of an old lady (Katie Johnson), in whose house Marcus has taken rooms. And as the situation in which the gang finds themselves escalates as they try to put things to rights, the audience is treated to an exemplary piece of truly humorous and memorable cinema. Guinness anchors the farce with a superb characterization (even to altering his appearance with false teeth) of the Professor. It's a prime example of just how great a character actor Guinness was; as in all of his films, he creates a total character of Marcus, inside and out, beginning with the attitude and right on down to the smallest details that many actors would deem insignificant. There is a studied consistency he maintains throughout the film that would stand up to the closest scrutiny; it is not by accident that he is considered by many to be one of greatest actors of our times. And how great to see the youthful Peter Sellers in one of his earliest roles. Watch closely and you can see traces of the unique mannerisms that would mark his career; the slight hesitations, the inward, subtle consideration of the status quo and the sense he conveys in a split second that Murphy's Law is about to go into effect. Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
"The Ladykillers" is regarded as the last of the great Ealing comedies and another macabre black comedy in the style of "Kind Hearts and Coronets." However, I had picked up the film because it had both Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers and was therefore rather surprised that the one doing all the scene stealing is Katie Johnson as Mrs. Wilberforce, a sweet little old lady who makes it a daily practice to go round to the local constable's station each day to keep them apprised on what is happening in the neighborhood. Guinness plays Professor Marcus, a criminal mastermind who plans on duping Mrs. Wilberforce into being an unwitting member of his gang, who are going to rob a armored car. As a cover, he tells the old lady that they are a string quartet, and they play the same record over and over again while they develop their scheme. When Mrs. Wilberforce repeatedly arrives to offer tea, coffee, or any other comfort that comes to mind, the criminals all stand around uncomfortably holding their instruments and try to make small talk.
The gang has all of your standard criminal types. Danny Green is the gentle giant, One-Round (a.k.a. Mr. Lawson), Cecily Parker is the old army chap Claude (a.k.a. Major Courtney), Herbert Lom is the cold-hearted killer Louis (a.k.a. Mr. Harvey), and Sellers is the young rouge Harry (a.k.a. Mr. Robinson). However, the ironic point of this 1955 black comedy is that together they are no match for Mrs. Wilberforce. The heist goes off without a hitch, that is to say until Mrs. Wilberforce plays her unwitting role in the proceedings. What follows is like the old Chinese finger torture, where the more things work for the gang the worst off they get as the little old lady thwarts their plans without even trying. Eventually even Mrs.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Farce October 24, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Years ago, before the networks realized there was a late night culture that could be exploited with mindless extreme sports and shopping channels, you could find classic British films like this one on TV in the wee hours. This film is a must-see for Anglophiles, along with School For Scoundrels, Whisky Galore, and Kind Hearts and Coronets. Star Wars fans should see this, if only to understand why Alec Guinness was able to become Obi Wan so effortlessly, his skill as an actor was already finely honed at the time of this great film. And today's film writers should study it to gain an insight into the proper way to put a real twist on the end of a film.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lolly Pops July 7, 2003
I recently purchased The Horse's Mouth (1958) from Amazon as well as "The Alec Guinness Collection" which includes The Ladykillers (1955) plus four others: The Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Man in the White Suit (1951), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), and The Captain's Paradise (1953). Frankly, I was amazed how well each of the six films has held up since I first saw it.
For me, the most memorable performance in this film is provided by Katie Johnson as Mrs. Louisa Alexandra Wilberforce who rents a flat to Professor Marcus (Guinness) and his companions. The plot such as it is involves their theft of 60,000 pounds and subsequent efforts to remove it from a locker they have rented to store it temporarily. For about half of this film, brilliantly directed by Alexander Mackendrick (who also directed Guinness in The Man in the White Suit, 1951), Mrs. Wilberforce believes that Marcus and his friends are honest citizens and amateur musicians. When she learns that they are thieves, her first concern is not for her personal safety (which is never in doubt, anyway) but to return "the lolly" to its rightful owners. Complications include her elderly friends who appreciatively swarm around the Marcus group during a hilarious afternoon tea party. One development of special interest to me is the fact that, except for the psychopath Louis Harvey (Lom), the thieves do not want Mrs. Wilberforce harmed in any way and begin to feel protective toward her. This proves to be significant as the plot proceeds gracefully to a conclusion I did not anticipate.
Given the number of deaths which occur in this film, it seems inappropriate to describe it as "charming" and "delightful" but it is nonetheless.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Great classic movie
Great classic movie. You won't be sorry. Alec Guinness was guy who played Obiwon in Star Wars
Published 8 days ago by M. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hilarious. A classic.
Published 12 days ago by Beth R. Harrelson
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly beautiful comedy with incredible performance of Alec Guinness
A truly beautiful comedy with incredible performance of Alec Guinness.
The late remake was much worse than this original and proves that an Alec Guinness movie can not be... Read more
Published 18 days ago by F-reader
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie was great. was very happy with the service
this movie was great.was very happy with the service.will buy here again given the chance.
Published 2 months ago by TIM MCQUISTON
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by haphil3
2.0 out of 5 stars Movie plot - less intriguing than expected.
Good video quality. However, movie's plot was slow to develop and less humorous than the classification "comedy" would normally imply. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ruth Curley
5.0 out of 5 stars Good triumphs over evil and a little old lady makes ...
Absolutely hilarious movie. Good triumphs over evil and a little old lady makes it all happen.
Published 2 months ago by Margaret Cichoke
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie when I first saw it years ago
I loved this movie when I first saw it years ago.The problem with this release is the editing..most notably the ending where each villain ended up in a coal car and they are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Steven S Stamp
3.0 out of 5 stars Darker comedy than the remake.
It was pretty good. Bought it after watching the remake with our older teens, so that youngest kid could also enjoy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer L. Strunk
5.0 out of 5 stars really funny if you appreciate the genre
Peter Sellers and Sir Alec Guinness team up with a fine cast as a gang of robbers who plot a robbery that is eventually thwarted by the meddling of their elderly landlady. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ilbob
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only


Topic From this Discussion
Extras? Be the first to reply
Have something you'd like to share about this product?
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for Similar Items by Category