Kind Hearts and Coronets

(1949)

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| Film | United Kingdom | B&W | Comedy, Crime | 1h 46min |
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| Stars: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson | Director: Robert Hamer

An impecunious heir eliminates eight D’Ascoynes who stand between him and the family fortune

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…

Cast (17)

Dennis Price sports a natty moustache, cravat and white jumper, all whilst smoking a cigarette
Louis
The Admiral (Alec Guinness) in the 1949 film, Kind Hearts and Coronets
The D’Ascoyne Family: The Duke / The Banker / The Parson / The General / The Admiral / Young Ascoyne / Young Henry / Lady Agatha
Main title from Train of Events (1949) featuring Valerie Hobson
Edith
A new picture of the talented and lovely British actress Joan Greenwood under contract to the J. Arthur Rank Organisation.
Sibella
Audrey Fildes
Mama
Photo of Dry Rot (1956) (1) featuring 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
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Reviews

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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)

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Louis (Dennis Price) proposes unsuccessfully to Sibella (Joan Greenwood)

Louis Proposes to Sibella

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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)

Sibella Testifies at Mazzini’s Trial

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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.

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Opening Credits

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Main title from Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). An impecunious heir eliminates eight D’Ascoynes who stand between him and the family fortune.

News

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Poster for Six of the Best, a season of Ealing Comedies at UGC cinemas

Ealing Studios’ 100th anniversary celebrations

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Popular Ealing films screened and a DVD boxset released to celebrate 100 years of Ealing Studios.

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The Admiral (Alec Guinness) in the 1949 film, Kind Hearts and Coronets
Kind Hearts and Coronets DVD (Optimum, 2011)
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Joan Greenwood (as Sibella) in a photograph from Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (17)
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Valerie Hobson (as Edith) and Dennis Price (as Duke Louis Mazzini/ Mazzini Sr./ Narrator) in a photograph from Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (17)
Lobby card from Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (10)
Chinese DVD cover of Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (1)
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Joan Greenwood (as Sibella) and Dennis Price (as Duke Louis Mazzini/ Mazzini Sr./ Narrator) in an Argentine photograph from Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (16)
Argentine photograph from Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (15)
Video cover from Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (4)
Joan Greenwood (as Sibella) and Dennis Price (as Duke Louis Mazzini/ Mazzini Sr./ Narrator) in a photograph from Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (14)
Dennis Price as Louis Mazzini and Joan Greenwood as Sibella in the film ’Kind Hearts And Coronets’, directed by Robert Hamer and produced by Ealing Studios
British actor Dennis Price and actress Joan Greenwood in a scene from the urbane black comedy ’Kind Hearts and Coronets’, directed by Robert Hamer for Ealing Studios
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Main title from Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
Australian poster for Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (1)
Alec Guinness (as The Duke/ The Banker/ The Parson/ The General/ The Admiral/ Young Ascoyne D’Ascoyne/Young Henry/ Lady Agatha D’Ascoyne) and Dennis Price (as Duke Louis Mazzini/ Mazzini Sr./ Narrator) in a photograph from Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (12)
German lobby card from Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (1)
Film Complet magazine with Dennis Price in Kind Hearts and Coronets.  27th August, 1953, issue number 396.  (French).  Noblesse Oblige.
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Photograph from Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (10)
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Alec Guinness (as The Duke/ The Banker/ The Parson/ The General/ The Admiral/ Young Ascoyne D’Ascoyne/Young Henry/ Lady Agatha D’Ascoyne) and Dennis Price (as Duke Louis Mazzini/ Mazzini Sr./ Narrator) in a photograph from Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (8)
Photograph from Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (7)
DVD cover of Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (5)
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Poster for Ealing’s Finest – in celebration of 100 years of Ealing Studios.  Films include The Man in the White Suit, Passport to Pimlico, The Lavender Hill Mob, Whisky Galore!, The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets
Poster for Six of the Best, a season of Ealing Comedies at UGC cinemas
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Cinema magazine with Dennis Price in Kind Hearts and Coronets.  (French).  Noblesse Oblige.
Spanish poster for Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (1)
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Production

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Robert Hamer
Director / Writer (screenplay)
Michael Balcon
Producer
Roy Horniman
Writer (novel)

Companies

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Ealing Studios
Production company
Michael Balcon Productions
Production company
General Film Distributors (GFD)
Distribution company