Ealing Comedy

A collection of films celebrating one of Britain's most iconic film studios loaded with unmistakeable British humour. From the eccentric to the whimsical, often with a dark nature, Ealing Studios became synonymous with the comedies they produced, regularly featuring one of Britain’s most notable acting legends Alec Guinness.

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  • Kind Hearts and Coronets

    Dennis Price plays Louis, a young man snubbed by his aristocratic family as a result of his mother's marriage. When she's killed, Louis becomes determined to inherit the family title, and won't let anything or anyone stop him. With an unforgettable performance by Alec Guinness as all eight remain...

  • Barnacle Bill

    Barnacle Bill stars Alec Guinness as Captain William Ambrose, a man who comes from a long line of distinguished sailors. He, however, is prone to seasickness. Ambrose settles down in the coastal town of Sandcastle-on-Sea, where he purchases an almost derelict amusement arcade at the pier. Ambrose...

  • Passport to Pimlico

    In post-war Britain following the detonation of an unexploded bomb the inhabitants of a London street discover riches and artefacts. These documents state that they are citizens of the medieval kingdom of Burgundy. When the government attempts to claim the fortune, the citizens of Burgundy declar...

  • The Lavender Hill Mob

    Affable bank worker Henry Holland plots to steal £1million from the Bank of England. He enlists the help of his friend, a small businessman, as the two scheme to smuggle the money out of the country. This light-hearted Ealing comedy sees Alec Guinness and Stan Holloway star as the charming pair o...

  • The Maggie

    Most Ealing comedies championed consensus, but Alexander Mackendrick's revelled in conflict. The ‘Maggie’ is a decrepit Clyde 'puffer' boat, whose wily captain dupes a wealthy American businessman to ferry his possessions to his new Scottish island home - then proceeds to delay, hinder and endang...

  • The Man in the White Suit

    A young scientist invents an unbreakable fabric that dispels dirt. Soon, he finds himself being hunted by both textile moguls and trade unionists, both determined to keep his invention from reaching the public. Alec Guinness shines in this inspired Ealing comedy, one of the most cherished entries...

  • Whisky Galore!

    "The longest unsponsored advertisement ever to reach cinema screens", reckoned producer Monja Danischewski. Maybe so, but Alexander Mackendrick's debut feature is much more than that. This comic account of a real-life event pitches a priggish English army captain against the remorseless guile of ...

  • The Titfield Thunderbolt

    When a corporation threatens to take over a small railway line, a group of villagers decide to try and run it for themselves. The final collaboration between director Charles Crichton and writer T.E.B. Clarke, The Titfield Thunderbolt is a stunningly scenic gem in Ealing's repertoire. Anarchic an...

  • The Goose Steps Out

    Legendary comic Will Hay plays the inept schoolmaster who's parachuted into Nazi Germany when British intelligence discover that he's the spitting image of an enemy master spy. Hay's third film for Ealing Studios is stuffed with memorable sequences, including the notoriously hilarious classroom s...

  • The Ladykillers

    Masquerading as a string quintet, a gang of thieves plot to rob a bank, whilst renting an unknowing old woman's spare room as a hideaway. The Ladykillers features a deliciously devious Alec Guinness as the brains behind the group, alongside Herbert Lom in his first comedic role, and an appearance...