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Kind Hearts and Coronets -- A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.

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Director:
Writers:
Roy Horniman (novel)
Robert Hamer (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
14 June 1950 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He chopped down the family tree... See more »
Plot:
A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Deliciously dark and delightfully devilish....... See more (115 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dennis Price ... Louis

Valerie Hobson ... Edith

Joan Greenwood ... Sibella

Alec Guinness ... The D'Ascoyne Family: The Duke / The Banker / The Parson / The General / The Admiral / Young Ascoyne / Young Henry / Lady Agatha
Audrey Fildes ... Mama
Miles Malleson ... The Hangman
Clive Morton ... The Prison Governor
John Penrose ... Lionel
Cecil Ramage ... Crown Counsel

Hugh Griffith ... Lord High Steward
John Salew ... Mr. Perkins
Eric Messiter ... Burgoyne
Lyn Evans ... The Farmer
Barbara Leake ... The Schoolmistress
Peggy Ann Clifford ... Maud
Anne Valery ... The Girl in the punt

Arthur Lowe ... The Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Beard ... Warder (uncredited)
Maxwell Foster ... Warder (uncredited)
Peter Gawthorne ... First Lord Delivering Verdict (uncredited)
Molly Hamley-Clifford ... Lady Redpole (uncredited)
Leslie Handford ... Gamekeeper Hoskins (uncredited)
Nicholas Hill ... Sergeant-at-Arms (uncredited)
Fletcher Lightfoot ... Peer of the Realm (uncredited)
Cavan Malone ... Young Graham (uncredited)
Laurence Naismith ... Warder in Jail (uncredited)
Gordon Phillott ... Clerk of Parliament (uncredited)
Jeremy Spenser ... Young Louis (uncredited)
Ivan Staff ... Valuer (uncredited)
Richard Wattis ... Defence Counsel (uncredited)
Carol White ... Young Sibella (uncredited)
Harold Young ... Captain (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Hamer 
 
Writing credits
Roy Horniman (novel)

Robert Hamer (screenplay) &
John Dighton (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Balcon .... producer
Michael Relph .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Ernest Irving (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Tanner 
 
Art Direction by
William Kellner 
 
Costume Design by
Anthony Mendleson 
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Barnard .... hair styles
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Pearl Orton .... hair styles (as Pearl Gardner)
Ernest Taylor .... makeup artist
Daphne Martin .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Leigh Aman .... unit production manager
Hal Mason .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Norman Priggen .... assistant director
John Hewlett .... third assistant director (uncredited)
David W. Orton .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Grace Bryan-Brown .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Bert Davey .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Norman Dorme .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Roger Hopkin .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Jack Shampan .... draughtsman (uncredited)
V. Shaw .... draughtsman (uncredited)
R. Thurgarland .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stephen Dalby .... sound supervisor
John W. Mitchell .... recordist (as John Mitchell)
Norman King .... chief sound engineer (uncredited)
A. Steadman .... boom operator (uncredited)
Gordon Stone .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
Pat Wheeler .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Geoffrey Dickinson .... special effects
Sydney Pearson .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Seaholme .... camera operator
Jack Dooley .... still photographer (uncredited)
Arthur Lemming .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bob Penn .... still photographer (uncredited)
P. Pollock .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Hugh Wilson .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Crutchley .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Ben Foster .... wardrobe master (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Roy Baker .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Seth Holt .... assembly cutter (uncredited)
John Jympson .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ernest Irving .... conductor: The Philharmonia Orchestra
 
Other crew
Phyllis Crocker .... continuity
J. Arthur Rank .... presenter (as J.Arthur Rank)
Susan Carbutt .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
John Newham .... publicist (uncredited)
Pat O'Connor .... publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:X | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:L | India:U | Netherlands:6 | Portugal:M/12 | UK:A (original rating) (cut) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (re-release) (re-rating) (2011) | UK:U (video rating) (1988) (2006) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #13442) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Although Ealing boss Michael Balcon later professed that this was his favorite of the Ealing films he produced, at the time of production he was less favorably inclined towards it, to the extent that he refused director Robert Hamer the chance to follow it up with his long-cherished project set in the West Indies. Hamer ultimately only directed one more film for Ealing, His Excellency (1952).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Louis is attacked with a knife, he punches the assailant, knocking him cold. Although a sound effect is heard, you can see that the punch doesn't connect.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Warder in Jail:Good evening, Mr. Elliot.
The Hangman:Good evening.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Il mio tesoro intantoSee more »

FAQ

Is "Duke of Chalfont" a real title?
What is the title "Kind Hearts and Coronets" supposed to mean?
Who are Alec Guinness's eight characters, and how do they die?
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53 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Deliciously dark and delightfully devilish......., 13 January 2005
Author: Paul Shrimpton from Maidenhead, UK

Kind Hearts and Coronets is Ealing comedy at it's pinnacle.

From Alec Guinness we see a masterly display of his acting talent, which we can now look back on with a knowing nod, but in 1949 this was a revelation of a new young talent. From Dennis Price we see the cool, calculated killer, totally focused and utterly charming in every way, and for whom every act of homicide must never, ever, offend the sensitive nature of the English Gentleman. From the supporting cast, we see great performances from Miles Malleson as the hangman, whose determination to address the Duke correctly leads him to practice his bowing, scraping, and 'Your Grace'-ing. Also, there is a great performance from Valerie Hobson as the widowed Edith D'Ascoyne. My favourite role (other than the lead) was Joan Greenwood as Sibella Holland - played in such a sultry, seductive way that I immediately thought of Fenella Fielding in Carry On Screaming!

This is a superb movie, and one I'd recommend to anyone who wants to truly understand how movies should be made.

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