Kind Hearts and Coronets

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Robert Hamer (1949)

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Our Score
Arguably the finest of the Ealing comedies, this superb comédie noire from director Robert Hamer has a deliciously witty script that slips smoothly between dastardly deaths in the guise of a self-satisfied memoir. However, the picture is elevated to greatness by the quality of its acting. Alec Guinness, who plays the eight doomed D'Ascoynes (both male and female), merits every superlative lavished on a performance of astounding versatility and virtuosity. But let's not forget Dennis Price as the ceaselessly inventive killer, and Joan Greenwood and Valerie Hobson as the vamp and the vestal in his life, all of whom are brilliant.


The penniless grandson of a duke plots to eliminate the eight relatives standing between him and a vast inheritance. He shoots, drowns, poisons and explodes his way through his family tree, but his final triumph is ruined when his lady love's husband kills himself. Ealing black comedy, starring Alec Guinness as all eight potential victims, with Dennis Price, Valerie Hobson and Joan Greenwood.

Cast & Crew

Louis Mazzini / Narrator Dennis Price
Duke / Banker / Parson / General / Admiral / Young Ascoyne D'Ascoyne / Young Henry / Lady Agatha D'Ascoyne Alec Guinness
Sibella Joan Greenwood
Edith D'Ascoyne Valerie Hobson
Mama Audrey Fildes
Hangman Miles Malleson
Prison governor Clive Morton
Lionel John Penrose
Crown counsel Cecil Ramage
Lord High Steward Hugh Griffith
Reporter Arthur Lowe
Young Sibella Carol White
Director Robert Hamer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 7 Jun 2019