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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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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 »
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My most beloved Ealing film, it's dated but in a good way 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)

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Novelists Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh were hired independently to work on various drafts of the script, though apparently none of their contributions survived in the film as shot.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?
Who are Alec Guinness's eight characters, and how do they die?
Is "Kind Hearts and Coronets" based on a novel?
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
My most beloved Ealing film, it's dated but in a good way, 18 November 2010
Author: FrangipaniMozzie from United Kingdom

As I've said on all my Ealing movie reviews, I watched these cause the plots looked interesting but I'm still unsure on how to judge the movies. I'm not one to dismiss them as 'old' and therefore 'boring'; at the same time I don't just jump on the bandwagon saying they're classics just because they've got that reputation and a lot of people without even judging for themselves assume they're great.

To quote to further my point - "A Classic is something that everybody wants to have read but nobody wants to read. A classic is also something that everyone praises but no one has read." -Mark Twain So, watching this with an open mind, I really enjoyed it. Yes you have to realise it's not a modern movie so the kind of themes and scenes presented are different from the packaged elements of modern Hollywood, but that makes postwar British cinema very refreshing viewing. I think the use of the term 'comedy' is misleading because it most likely refers to it in the classic literary sense from Shakespeare and Greek theatre (probably in the early 20th century people were a bit better read than today so these terms would still have meaning to them) which refers to a story with happy ending and farcial plot and wit rather than obvious jokes like in the modern sense but even these movies have some funny scenes. Also the humour and premise is black comedy and subtle so look for something modern if you need laugh-out-loud movies.

'Kind Hearts and Coronets' When I first came across this the plot looked so unique I knew I just had to see it at least once, although I've rewatched it many times since. I do find Guinness's 8 roles are over-hyped because most of them have few lines and the distinctions between a few of them are non-existent though it's still a novelty and a brave act to pull off in a movie. For me, Mazzini's 'bad guy' characterisation is the most appealing element of the movie, with a characterisation that makes even a criminal charming and someone to empathise with a little (and for me some visual appeal). The unique premises of who we see him murder next and the wit and black humour makes it a treasure of a film that I'm glad was made and is still available and enjoyed.

One of my most beloved films for definite. Definitely worth one watch just to see something different.

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