A genteel mass-murderer is out to heartlessly crown the eight relatives standing between him and the family fortune.
In his greatest virtuoso performance, the late Alec Guinness plays all eight victims. Like his skilful brilliance in acting each different eccentric, Ealing Studio’s witty black comedy is regarded as without peer in the history of British cinema.
He chopped down the family tree…
Witty, genteel black comedy well set in the stately Edwardian era and quite deserving of its reputation for wit and style; yet the effect is curiously muffled and several opportunities are missed. (Halliwell’s)
Louis (Dennis Price) proposes unsuccessfully to Sibella (Joan Greenwood).
Sibella (Joan Greenwood) is questioned by the Crown Counsel (Cecil Ramage) in the trial of Duke Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price).
Main title from Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). An impecunious heir eliminates eight D’Ascoynes who stand between him and the family fortune.
Popular Ealing films screened and a DVD boxset released to celebrate 100 years of Ealing Studios.
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