Meet Professor Marcus, a gentleman rents a room in a house owned by an eccentric old woman. Disguised as a musician, he tells her that his friends will routinely come in and out with their instruments to rehearse. Only, they aren't rehearsing anything—they're pulling a heist.

The cast of the original The Ladykillers—not to be confused with the Coens' misstep—features comic greats like Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers, filling the picture with the kind of British humor that borders on the insane.