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Directed by Alexander Mackendrick

United Kingdom 1955 95 mins.

Mackendrick’s delightful black comedy finds Alec Guiness and his fumbling gang of crooks (Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, and Cecil Parker) set up in a rented room to plan a robbery. The elderly homeowner becomes unwittingly involved and, try as they may to knock her off, they succeed instead to fall victim, one by one, to themselves. William Rose’s madly farcial script perfectly captures the essence of droll British humor.

Genres: Black Comedy