If this has been available for awhile, then I’m posting old news, but I had to share that Amazon is selling a five-DVD set of Ealing Studios Alec Guinness movies for $63. They are five of his (arguably) best films, too: The Lavender Hill Mob, The Man in the White Suit, Kind Hearts And Coronets, The Captain’s Paradise, and my own favorite, The Ladykillers.
We bought it and so far have watched The Captain’s Paradise, – anyone who wants to get an eyeful of Yvonne de Carlo as a young woman should watch this gem – and The Ladykillers. I love the black humor in this last film, and the fact that for once Alec Guinness is upstaged. He almost plays second fiddle to Margaret Johnson’s wonderful Mrs. Wilberforce. Supporting cast members include Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom, too. This is an absolutely topnotch film, and I can’t wait until the Coen Brothers’ remake is out.
In addition, Mr. Pug added to the collection the DVD of The Horse’s Mouth, a wonderful comedy about an old bastard of a painter, Gulley Jimson, played by AG. Guinness wrote the screenplay for this movie, a task that folks said couldn’t be done as apparently the book is large and complex. I never see this film mentioned by Americans, yet it’s possibly Guinness’s best role. Highly recommended!
Woohoo! The Lavender Hill Mob tonight!
Here’s a link to check out the collection, if anyone’s interested. It’s a good deal for a Xmas gift.