Trivia / The Ladykillers

  • The Cameo:
    • (2004) Yep, that's Bruce Campbell as the Humane Society rep.
    • Frankie Howerd is in the 1955 film as a barrow boy whose day is inadvertently ruined by Mrs. Wilberforce.
  • Fatal Method Acting: Alec Guinness narrowly averted this filming the finale: the railroad sign which kills his character nearly decapitated Guinness for real, cutting his jacket and missing his head by inches. Guinness said that he only survived because he accidentally missed his mark for the shot in question; understandably, he refused to shoot another take.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the theatre version, Marcus and Louis end up clashing and finally have a lethal battle, which results in Louis being throttled. Not long after, the same actors would appear opposite each other as adversaries in Robot of Sherwood. Even better, this was due to Peter Capaldi being cast as The Doctor, who in his fourth incarnation was famous his long scarves. Guess what Marcus sports in the play and ultimately proves his undoing....
  • Reality Subtext: Mrs. Wilberforce mentions that she received the news of the queen's death at her twenty-first birthday party. Mrs. Wilberforce's actress, Katie Johnson, was 22 when the real Queen Victoria died.
  • Star-Making Role: For Peter Sellers' film career, in Britain at least.