Kind Hearts and Coronets

When his mother eloped with an Italian opera singer, Louis Mazzini was cut off from her aristocratic family. After the family refuses to let her be buried in the family mausoleum, Louis avenges his mother’s death by attempting to murder every family member who stands between himself and the family fortune. But when he finds himself torn between his longtime love and the widow of one of his victims, his plans go awry.

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Film Cast:

  • Louis: Dennis Price
  • Edith: Valerie Hobson
  • Sibella: Joan Greenwood
  • The D’Ascoyne Family: The Duke / The Banker / The Parson / The General / The Admiral / Young Ascoyne / Young Henry / Lady Agatha: Alec Guinness
  • Mama: Audrey Fildes
  • The Hangman: Miles Malleson
  • The Prison Governor: Clive Morton
  • Lionel: John Penrose
  • Crown Counsel: Cecil Ramage
  • Lord High Steward: Hugh Griffith
  • Mr. Perkins: John Salew
  • Burgoyne: Eric Messiter
  • The Farmer: Lyn Evans
  • The Schoolmistress: Barbara Leake
  • Maud: Peggy Ann Clifford
  • The Girl in the punt: Anne Valery
  • The Reporter: Arthur Lowe
  • First Lord Delivering Verdict (uncredited): Peter Gawthorne
  • Lady Redpole (uncredited): Molly Hamley-Clifford
  • Gamekeeper Hoskins (uncredited): Leslie Handford
  • Young Graham (uncredited): Cavan Malone
  • Young Louis (uncredited): Jeremy Spenser
  • Young Sibella (uncredited): Carol White
  • Warder in Jail (uncredited): Laurence Naismith
  • Clerk of Parliament (uncredited): Gordon Phillott
  • Defence Counsel (uncredited): Richard Wattis
  • Captain (uncredited): Harold Young

Film Crew:

  • Director of Photography: Douglas Slocombe
  • Producer: Michael Balcon
  • Assistant Editor: John Jympson
  • Costume Design: Anthony Mendleson
  • Assistant Art Director: Bert Davey
  • Screenplay: John Dighton
  • Sound Recordist: John W. Mitchell
  • Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Associate Producer: Michael Relph
  • Makeup Artist: Harry Frampton
  • Editorial Services: Seth Holt
  • Editor: Peter Tanner
  • Director: Robert Hamer
  • Novel: Roy Horniman
  • Conductor: Ernest Irving
  • Production Supervisor: Hal Mason
  • Assistant Director: Norman Priggen
  • Unit Production Manager: Leigh Aman
  • Art Direction: William Kellner
  • Hairstylist: Barbara Barnard
  • Makeup Artist: Ernest Taylor
  • Screenplay: Nancy Mitford
  • Assistant Editor: Roy Baker
  • Special Effects: Sydney Pearson
  • Sound Director: Stephen Dalby
  • Hairstylist: Pearl Orton
  • Camera Operator: Jeff Seaholme
  • Continuity: Phyllis Crocker
  • Hairstylist: Daphne Martin
  • Special Effects: Geoffrey Dickinson
  • Music: Philharmonia Orchestra

Movie Reviews:

  • Nutshell: This is hands down my favorite Ealing Studios comedy, as I’m sure it is for many others.
    A most exquisite and brilliantly dark comic showcase, most especially for Dennis Price who
    is outstanding here in the lead role of Louis, and for some young actor named Alec Guinness
    who plays a whopping 8 roles in this film! In those early days the young Mr. Guinness was
    constantly challenging both himself, and his directors, in order to prove his capabilities. He
    had done just that the year before with his fabulous portrayal of Fagin in Oliver Twist, and that
    was only his 2nd movie! With this phenomenal 3rd piece of work, he silenced any critics that
    might still be left, going on to enjoy a tremendous career that would last nearly the rest of his life.

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