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    The Ladykillers (Ealing, 1955). British One Sheet (27" X 40"). For those who think that comedy in Great Britain began with Monty Python, think again. Beginning in the 1930s, England's Ealing Studios began to produce films, most notably comedies and documentaries. It was in the 1950s that the studio really hit its stride, however, when they embarked on a new kind of comedy, one that was deeply satirical and which poked fun at the institutions of British society. Best of all, the studio provided a sort of "training ground" for such soon-to-be illustrious actors as Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, and Stanley Holloway, all of whom would become important actors and comedians in the years to come. "The Ladykillers," largely considered to be one of Ealings best productions, sees Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers heading a fine cast in a story about a gang of thieves who, through a series of misadventures, find that they must kill the little old lady who runs the boarding house in which Professor Marcus (Guinness) lives. Of course, this proves far more difficult than was at first thought, especially for the bumbling crooks. This rare UK one sheet shows pinholes, as well as light dirt and scuffing on the bottom half, a fold split at the center left border, some crossfold separation, and a corner fold in the bottom right. Additionally, there is some evidence of ghosting of printing in the top half from the lower half when folded. These are all fairly minor flaws, however, especially in light of the amazing rarity of this country of origin sheet. Fine+.

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