Captain Wilberforce in The Ladykillers (film still from The Ladykillers)

The Ladykillers (1955)

The original 1955 Ealing film of The Ladykillers featured Alec Guinness as the leader of a band of robbers who find their plans scuppered by Mrs Wilberforce, an elderly widow. Alec Guinness also appears in a second, minor role in the film.

There’s a photograph on Mrs Wilberforce’s wall of her late husband, a captain who went down with his ship 29 years before. The picture is actually of Alec Guinness in his role as The Admiral in the earlier film Kind Hearts and Coronets (see below)—although you’ll notice that they must have doctored the portrait in order to reduce his rank.

Alec Guinness as The Admiral in Kind Hearts and Coronets

One Response to “Captain Wilberforce in The Ladykillers”

  1. Jesse

    I am watching “The Ladykillers” for the very first time and I saw the photo (they made sure to draw your attention to it by filming a moment after the actors had left the room).

    Thanks for the article!

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