In 1818, England, a tontine i(lottery) is established for 20 boys by their parents. Each parent put £1000 into the pot, the winner being the last surviving boy, will recieve all the money (the total, £100,000.00 - (equal to over £12m today). The group dwindles until only 2 elderly brothers are left by1882. One brother's watched by his nephews who'll keep him alive at all costs. The other lives in ill health and poverty - the only support is his perpetually confused grandson. A deliciously hysterical black comedy
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Virtuous maidens...cunning cousins...dastardly deeds...bodies in barrels...and boxes and boxes of boxes!
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This movie was released seventy-seven years after its source novel was published. See more
Joseph Finsbury's nephews keep taking away his tobacco, presumably to extend his longevity. In the time period of this film, it was not known that smoking is harmful. See more
[reading a telegram that has just been delivered
It's from Lady Pitman. She's sending back that statue we sent her. Says it's a fraud... *Was* it a fraud, Peacock?
Life is a fraud, Master Michael.
The various key moments in the story were introduced by caption cards, in the style of a silent film, such as "Alone with her at last - in a room full of eggs" and "The wrong box is delivered". See more
References Kind Hearts and Coronets
Minuet in G
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played briefly on piano by Nanette Newman See more