Peter Sellers stylish pop art print of the actor from the classic Ealing comedy “The Ladykillers“.
A classic Ealing comedy, much-loved by film fans, “The Ladykillers” was the penultimate Ealing Comedy starring Alec Guinness.
When Alec Guinness and his crew turn up at the house of Mrs Wilberforce to rent rooms, she’s unaware that the crew are planning a heist.
Masquerading as an amateur string quintet looking to rehearse, Mrs W. soon cottons on to the gang’s crime and threatens to report them to the police, at which point it’s decided one of them must become a lady killer to keep her quiet.
With an all-star cast of classic British actors including Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, and the archetypal policeman Jack Warner, “The Ladykillers” is fondly considered to be one of the best Ealing comedies.
Directed by Alexander Mackendrick, who also directed the Ealing comedies “Whisky Galore!” and “The Man in the White Suit“, the wealth of acting talent in “The Ladykillers” warranted its own pop art collection by Art & Hue alongside other Ealing Comedies.
With supporting actors Frankie Howerd and Kenneth Connor, “The Ladykillers” was to be Katie Johnson’s penultimate film which earned her a British Film Academy award for Best British actress at the age of 77.
The writer William Rose also won a Bafta Award for “The Ladykillers”, for Best British Screenplay, as well as a nomination for an Academy Award.
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Art & Hue had the pleasure to delve into the archives for the Ealing Comedy “The Ladykillers” to create this stylish pop art print of Peter Sellers, available in three sizes and 20 colours.
One of Peter Sellers‘ earliest films, the actor played the Cockney spiv Harry Robinson in “The Ladykillers” with a scar and a Teddy-boy swagger.
Described by the Boulting Brothers as “perhaps, the greatest comic genius this country has produced since Charles Chapln”, Peter Sellers was an integral part of British comedy, first on radio and then in film.
Alongside the Goon era when he brought his talents to radio alongside Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe, his career entered the classic British film period, during which time Sellers appeared in “Orders are Orders” with Sid James & Tony Hancock, “The Smallest Show on Earth” with Margaret Rutherford & Sid James, and “The Naked Truth” with Terry-Thomas, Dennis Price, & Joan Sims.
Initially unwilling to take the part, the legendary British filmmakers John & Roy Boulting persuaded Sellers to play the supercilious shop steward in the satirical comedy “I’m Alright Jack”. Also starring Terry-Thomas, Liz Fraser, Ian Carmichael, Richard Attenborough, Margaret Rutherford, Dennis Price, and Irene Handl, the film was a huge hit and won Sellers a BAFTA for Best British Actor.
Sellers’ British film career continued with “Two-Way Stretch” with Liz Fraser, Bernard Cribbins, Irene Handl, & Beryl Reid, “The Wrong Arm of the Law” with Bernard Cribbins, and “Heavens Above!” with Ian Carmichael & Irene Handl.
When he was cast as Inspector Clouseau in what was supposed to be a David Niven vehicle, Sellers stole the film with his bumbling police detective. With the global success of the film, which also starred Capucine and Claudia Cardinale, Peter’s career was joined by the Hollywood era.
Sellers revived Clouseau in four further Pink Panther films, including “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” with Leonard Rossiter & Herbert Lom, and “The Revenge of The Pink Panther” with Valerie Leon.
The Ladykillers Pop Art
Available in A4, A3, and A2 sizes to fit standard-size picture frames. Please note that black frame is not included – for a guide on choosing a frame size take a look here.
An official collaboration with Studiocanal, this print is part of “The Ladykillers” and the Ealing Comedies collections of stylish pop art prints inspired by the classic British comedy films made at Ealing Studios, featuring Art & Hue’s signature halftone style (halftone is an age-old technique that uses dots to make up the printed image, similar to newspapers or comic books).
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