Put simply, The Ladykillers is one of the finest, most elegant comedies ever made. Maybe it is not ‘laugh-out-loud-funny’ often, if at all, but no matter. It is built on two strengths: one of the finest ensemble performances of all time and one of the best settings of all time. Each actor is terrifically cast in relation with the others, with Alec Guinness’ small and creepy Professor Marcus sitting quietly at the centre of this peculiarly British storm. He and his band of thieves are set against Mrs. Wilberforce and her crooked old house, a woman and a home which make no sense whatsoever in its inner logic and inner workings. The result is a masterpiece.