The Ladykillers, starring Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Alec Guinness and Katie Johnson. Directed by Alexander MacKendrick. 1955. Library Call Number:PN1995.9.C55L33 2002
The original English version of this classic movie has five criminals planning a million dollar bank job in the apartment of their leader, Professor Marcus. Renting a two-room apartment from Mrs. Wilberforce, a sweet old lady, in an isolated house, they pose as a musical quintet in order to use her as cover for their heist. But when things begin to go wrong, there’s nothing to it but to kill the old lady, a deed easier said than done.
The Ladykillers, starring Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans, J.K. Simmons, Irma P. Hall and Diane Delano. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. 2004.
Library Call Number: PN1995.9.C55L34 2004.
The Coen Brothers remake moves the action to Mississippi and the bank becomes a riverboat casino with a buried vault on shore. Five robbers led by the blowhard Professor Dorr rent Mrs. Marva Munson’s spare room and ask to use the basement to practice playing classical music. Instead, while they play orchestral CDs, they dig their way to the money. Not a great success at the box office, but still a very funny movie and film buffs will love comparing the two versions.