Remake Recon: The Ladykillers
An elderly lady gets an unusual inquiry from a stranger about the room she wants to rent.
Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness) explains to Mrs. Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) he is a member of string quintet and his four companions need a place to practice. Seeing no problem at all, Mrs. W agrees to the arrangement. However, Marcus and his pals are really criminals gathering together to pull off a heist and are looking to use the innocent Mrs. Wilberforce as an unwitting accomplice.
After a successful crime the gang is ready to leave town with their loot, but when Mrs. Wilberforce discovers just what they’ve been up to it comes down to eliminating her before she can contact the police. Yet, that ends up being more difficult than they all think.
The black comedy The Ladykillers from Ealing Studios was a hit with audiences and has gained a reputation as one of the great British comedies. In 2004 Joel and Ethan Coen direct an Americanized remake. This time out the setting is the American south and the strange border is Professor G.H. Dorr played by Tom Hanks.
I take a look at the original 1955 comedy and the 2004 remake of The Ladykillers.