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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:
Quite superb See more (114 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)
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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:
Alec Guinness was only 35 when he played his eight roles.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When "The Hangman" (Miles Malleson) opens the peep-hole to the prisoner's cell, he moves the covering to the right, with a finger. After we are allowed to gaze at the back of the prisoner's neck for a few seconds, the shot reverts to the outside of the cell door; The Hangman releases the cover which closes from left to right, not right to left, as it should have done.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Warder in Jail:Good evening, Mr. Elliot.
The Hangman:Good evening.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Threads (1984) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Il mio tesoro intantoSee more »

FAQ

Is "Kind Hearts and Coronets" based on a novel?
Who are Alec Guinness's eight characters, and how do they die?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
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52 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Quite superb, 9 July 2001
Author: Tom May (joycean_chap@hotmail.com) from United Kingdom

This fine film is an example of Ealing at its very best, with a superlative script and acting of a very high standard. In watching, one is once more all too sadly aware of the difference in quality between British films of this era and today; there can't have been in recent times a screenplay as cleverly comic, economical and incisive as this is. The level of wit is high, and perfectly suitable for a black comedy such as this. Certain lines and scenes linger agreeably in the memory; the part where Price, in his droll narration, slips into verse, is wonderful, as is the "fight" he has with a lower-class rival; "I'm not going to drawn into a scuffle with you!"

The element of class satire is strong, and while one is shown the lethargy and complacency of the upper classes through the amusing parade of Alec Guinness' characters, Price's corrupt plans are never condemned as such. His character, vigorous and witty, and the clever tool of narration, which in its tone draws in the viewer almost as a confidant. Similarly, but to an even more effective degree than in "Whisky Galore!" (1948) and "The League of Gentlemen" (1959), the viewer is made sympathetic to wrong-doings. The stunningly executed plot and dialogue are finely put across indeed by all of the actors. In the main role, Price refines and defines the cad Mancini perfectly; it really is a great performance, making the character more than memorable. Alec Guinness is great in his 8 roles, making a distinctive actorly mark in all of them. It says a lot that in a career as formidable as Guinness', in TV, film and theatre, his contribution to this film particularly stands out. The two ladies are impeccably played by Valerie Hobson and Joan Greenwood, who contrast quite perfectly; Hobson as rich and strait-laced if certainly beautiful, and Greenwood as the distinctively seductive childhood friend. Price's "juggling" of his two women is wonderfully arch and amusing. The film's ending should be noted as quite ingenious and wonderfully in keeping with the film's overall wit.

In the context even of Ealing, a studio adept at clever comedies, this is an extra-special film. Along with the films of this era of Powell and Pressburger and Carol Reed, this film makes one nostalgic for the days when British film was both distinctively British and universal in its qualities. Wonderfully funny and compelling, this film is one of my few favourites of all and overwhelmingly recommended.

Rating:- *****/*****

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