Ladykillers (film)

Last updated
Written by Gregory S. Dinallo
Directed by Robert Michael Lewis
Starring Marilu Henner
Susan Blakely
Thomas Calabro
Theme music composer Mark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s) Barry J. Weitz
Producer(s) Andrew Hill
Production location(s) Los Angeles
Cinematography Thomas Del Ruth
Editor(s) J. P. Farrell
Running time96 min.
Production company(s) ABC Circle Films
Barry Weitz Films
Distributor ABC
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio format Stereo
Original releaseNovember 9, 1988 (1988-11-09)

Ladykillers is a 1988 television film, directed by Robert Michael Lewis, and starring Lesley-Anne Down, Marilu Henner, Susan Blakely, and Keith David as Abe. The film score was composed by Mark Snow.

The plot of this film is unconnected with The Ladykillers film of 1955 or the 2004 remake of the same name.


The plot has a male sexualization theme. Performers in a Los Angeles male strip club are being murdered by an unknown female assailant. Unable to gain a lead, investigating officer Lt. Cavanaugh goes undercover as a stripper in an attempt to trap the murderer, but he is almost killed in the process. Through his journey as a male stripper, Cavanaugh gains a better understanding of his inner self, his emotional side and how his relationships with women tended to be one-sided fetish fests; taking him further down a darkened alley of misfortune.

Related Research Articles

Striptease erotic dance

A striptease is an erotic or exotic dance in which the performer gradually undresses, either partly or completely, in a seductive and sexually suggestive manner. The person who performs a striptease is commonly known as a "stripper" or exotic dancer.

<i>The Ladykillers</i> 1955 crime comedy film directed by Alexander Mackendrick

The Ladykillers is a 1955 British black comedy crime film directed by Alexander Mackendrick for Ealing Studios. It stars Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, Jack Warner and Katie Johnson as the old lady; Mrs. Wilberforce.

Lana Clarkson Actress and fashion model from the United States

Lana Jean Clarkson was an American actress and fashion model. During the 1980s, she rose to prominence in several sword-and-sorcery films. In 2003, she was shot and killed inside the home of record producer Phil Spector. He was charged with second-degree murder, and was convicted on April 13, 2009.

Stripper Striptease performer

A stripper or exotic dancer is a person whose occupation involves performing striptease in a public adult entertainment venue such as a strip club. At times, a stripper may be hired to perform at a bachelor party or other private event.

Hammersmith nude murders Series of six murders in 1960s London

The Hammersmith nude murders is the name of a series of six murders in West London, England, in 1964 and 1965. The victims, all prostitutes, were found undressed in or near the River Thames, leading the press to nickname the killer Jack the Stripper. Two earlier murders, committed in West London in 1959 and 1963, have also been linked by some investigators to the same perpetrator.

The Ealing comedies is an informal name for a series of comedy films produced by the London-based Ealing Studios during the period 1947 to 1957. Hue and Cry (1947) is generally considered to be the earliest of the cycle, and Barnacle Bill (1957) the last, although some sources list Davy (1958) as the final Ealing comedy.

Channing Tatum American actor

Channing Matthew Tatum is an American actor, producer, and dancer. Tatum made his film debut in the drama film Coach Carter (2005). His breakthrough role was in the 2006 dance film Step Up, which introduced him to a wider audience.

The Ladykillers or Ladykillers may refer to:

Chippendales Erotic dance troupe

Chippendales is a touring dance troupe best known for its male striptease performances and for its dancers' distinctive upper body costume of a bow tie, collar, and shirt cuffs worn on an otherwise bare torso.

<i>You Cant Stop the Murders</i> 2003 film

You Can't Stop the Murders is a 2003 Australian comedy film directed by Anthony Mir and written by and starring Mir, Gary Eck and Akmal Saleh.

Michael Findlay was an American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter. Along with his wife Roberta, Findlay created numerous low-budget Z movies in the 1960s and 1970s. They have been described as "the most notorious filmmakers in the annals of sexploitation".

<i>The Ladykillers</i> (2004 film) 2004 film by Joel and Ethan Coen

The Ladykillers is a 2004 American black comedy film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The Coens' screenplay was based on the 1955 British Ealing comedy film of the same name, written by William Rose. The Coens produced the remake, together with Tom Jacobson, Barry Sonnenfeld, and Barry Josephson. It stars Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall, Marlon Wayans, J. K. Simmons, Tzi Ma and Ryan Hurst, and marks the first time that the Coens have worked with Tom Hanks and the first remake by the Coens. This was the first film in which Joel and Ethan Coen share both producing and directing credits; previously Joel had always been credited as director and Ethan as producer.

Irma Dolores Player Hall is an American actress who has appeared in numerous films and television shows since the early–1970s. Hall is perhaps best known for playing matriarchal figures in the films such as A Family Thing, The Ladykillers and Soul Food, in which she portrayed Josephine "Big Mama Joe" Joseph, a role she reprised in the television series of the same name.

<i>Indestructible Man</i> 1956 film by Jack Pollexfen

Indestructible Man is a 1956 American crime horror science fiction film, an original screenplay by Vy Russell and Sue Dwiggins for producer-director Jack Pollexfen and starring Lon Chaney, Jr., Ross Elliott and Robert Shayne.

<i>The Gore Gore Girls</i> 1971 film by Herschell Gordon Lewis

The Gore Gore Girls is a 1972 comedy horror splatter film directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. It was intended to be a reflective-parody of his previous films, and meant to be his final film for the next 30 years until 2002’s Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat. While the film's violence received much criticism, the film is currently seen as Herschell's most praised film.

Somen "Steve" Banerjee was an Indian American entrepreneur and co-founder of Chippendales. After operating a Mobil gas station and a failed backgammon club, Banerjee bought a failed Los Angeles club named "Destiny II" and turned it into a nightclub that featured female mud wrestling and a "Female Exotic Dancing Night." The 1979 addition of a male stripper dance troupe performing to target female audiences was the first of its kind in the United States. Banerjee partnered with Paul Snider and attorney Bruce Nahin in the club and its unique Chippendales male act.

<i>The Satan Killer</i> 1993 film

The Satan Killer is a 1993 American thriller-horror film directed by Stephen Calamari and starring Stephen Sayre. The film is an American crime-horror flick filmed in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It is widely distributed through A.I.P Home Video and continues to be a cult favorite.

<i>While the Patient Slept</i> (film) 1935 film by Ray Enright

While the Patient Slept is a 1935 comedy murder mystery film directed by Ray Enright and starring Aline MacMahon as a nurse/crime sleuth and Guy Kibbee as her boyfriend and police detective. It is based on the novel of the same name by Mignon G. Eberhart.

Inspector Maigret and the Strangled Stripper is a detective novel by the Belgian crime writer Georges Simenon published in 1950, featuring the author's most celebrated character Inspector Maigret. Its alternate English-language titles include Maigret in Montmartre and Maigret at Picratt's.

Ricky 1 is a 1988 American comedy film that parodies the Rocky film series. It was written, edited, produced and directed by William T. Naud. Many gags parody events in Rocky, but also make reference to other films such as The Godfather.