Posts Tagged ‘Sir Alec Guinness’

Murder By Death

“Just as I thought — another jest that could’ve cost us our lives, saved only by the fact that I am enormously well-bred.” Neil Simon saw Alec Guinness reading the script for “Star Wars” on the set of “Murder By Death,” and very soon after that, Guinness would be known as Obi Wan Kenobi to…

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The Ladykillers

“No really good plan could include Mrs. Wilberforce.” Alec Guinness’s Professor Marcus really meets his match with Katie Johnson’s Mrs. Wilberforce in Alexander Mackendrick’s 1955 Ealing Studios comedy “The Ladykillers,” what some call the last great comedy from the studio. Where he plots and schemes to rob a bank truck, she makes tea and makes…

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The Man in the White Suit

“I think I’ve succeeded in the co-polymerization of amino acid residues and carbohydrate molecules, both containing ionic groups! It’s really perfectly simple.” Ealing Studios comedies, particularly the ones we’ve been talking about, have all had a bit of an anti-establishment feel to them but “The Man in the White Suit” feels like they were trying…

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The Lavender Hill Mob

“Call me Dutch.” Sir Alec Guinness had already proven both his comedic and dramatic prowess by the time he came to Ealing Studios’ “The Lavender Hill Mob” in 1951, a point in his career when he was making two films a year. He’d continue working in both comedy and drama throughout his career, but we’re…

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Kind Hearts and Coronets

“Time had brought me revenge on Lionel, and as the Italian proverb says, ‘Revenge is a dish which people of taste prefer to eat cold.’” Sir Alec Guinness may always be remembered as Obi Wan Kenobi, but his career goes far beyond those three little science fiction films he did late in his career. He…

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