Kind Hearts and Coronets

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Director: Robert Hamer Cast: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson


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Kind Hearts and Coronets

Alec Guinness gets to die eight times, playing a line of successors to a dukedom, in the Ealing black comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets. Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) is ninth in line to inherit the dukedom from the aristocratic D'Ascoyne family. Louis vows to kill all eight people who stand between him and the duke's title. Aside from two cases of natural causes, Louis works through the list, eliminating rivals (all played by Guinness). Along the way he romances Sibella (Joan Greenwood), a childhood friend who ends up marrying a dullard, and Edith (Valerie Hobson), the beautiful widow of one of his victims with whom he plans to share his title. But just when Louis is ready to assume the D'Ascoyne mantle, a bizarre irony strikes.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/28/2006
UPC: 0715515016926
Original Release: 1949
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:46:00

Special Features

Disc One:; New, restored high-definition Digital transfer; American ending; Original theatrical trailer; Gallery of archival production and publicity photographs; Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing; ; Disc Two:; A feature-length BBC documentary on the history of Ealing Studios; A rare, 70-minute talk-show appearance by Alec Guinness, from 1977; Plus: A new essay by film critic Philip Kemp

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Price Louis Mazzini
Alec Guinness Admiral d'Ascoyne,Ascoyne d'Ascoyne,Canon d'Ascoyne,Duke of Chalfont,Gen. d'Ascoyne,Henry d'Ascoyne,Lady Agatha d'Ascoyne,Lord d'Ascoyne
Valerie Hobson Edith D'Ascoyne
Joan Greenwood Sibella
Miles Malleson Hangman
Arthur Lowe The Reporter
Clive Morton Prison Governor
John Penrose Lionel
Cecil Ramage Crown Counsel
John Salew Mr. Perkins
Lynn Evans The Farmer
Audrey Fields Mama
Richard Wattis Actor
Anne Valery The Girl in the Punt
Hugh Griffith Lord High Steward
Eric Messiter Burgoyne
Barbara Leake The Schoolmistress
Peggy Ann Clifford Maud

Technical Credits
Robert Hamer Director,Screenwriter
Michael Balcon Producer
Geoffrey Dickinson Special Effects
John Dighton Screenwriter
Harry Frampton Makeup
Ernest Irving Score Composer
William Kellner Art Director
Anthony Mendleson Costumes/Costume Designer
Syd Pearson Special Effects
Norman Priggen Asst. Director
Michael Relph Associate Producer
Jeff Seaholme Camera Operator
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Peter Tanner Editor
Ernest Taylor Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kind Hearts and Coronets
1. Noblesse Oblige [4:58]
2. A Brief History [6:17]
3. Poor Relations [6:20]
4. A Humiliating Experience [5:23]
5. Fate Worse Than Death [7:14]
6. Henry and Edith D'Ascoyne [6:30]
7. "An Agony of Suspense" [4:40]
8. En Masse [5:20]
9. Bachelor Apartment [3:18]
10. Reverend Henry and Lady Agatha [6:16]
11. Family Curse [1:47]
12. Guilty Secret [6:33]
13. Extreme Indelicacy [6:40]
14. An Adroit Maneuver [7:44]
15. The Tenth Duke of Chalfont [7:32]
16. The Trial [2:52]
17. Miracles [7:58]
18. End Credits [8:19]
19. Color Bars [:39]
Disc #2 -- Kind Hearts and Coronets
1. "Decent British Values" [10:18]
2. The War Effort [6:47]
3. The Club [9:24]
4. Three Brilliant Films: 1949 [10:57]
5. Robert Hamer [3:19]
6. A Puritan Streak [6:27]
7. Resident Nonconformist [8:05]
8. Boats and Trains [7:58]
9. Sold [10:44]
10. End Credits [1:28]
1. The Man With No Face [6:16]
2. Oliver Twist [4:44]
3. Student Years [10:41]
4. Ealing and Comedy [5:54]
5. Animal Stories [8:12]
6. Walks [6:27]
7. Film Stars [9:09]
8. Playwrights [4:29]
9. Star Wars [4:32]
10. The Best Advice [7:55]

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Kind Hearts and Coronets 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Avoided for months watching this after the old man gave it to me, the video jacket giving off the smell of Britsh silliness. Surprisingly effective, flowing, and intriguing narrative yarn similar to And Then There Were None. This one has less hollywood, and a commanding performance by Dennis Price(whom I've never seen either, but will look for from now on). The writing is more Balzac than Agatha Christie (I'm not much of a mystery reader; anyway, its more severe). The comedy is slight, mostly in the black humor and Guiness' performances. This mystery also has more charm for me, tastefully created through set design, costume, and Price's quietly intelligent portrayal.
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