Kind Hearts And Coronets. The General D'Ascoyne (Alec Guinness). Copyright: Studio Canal / Ealing Studios.

Kind Hearts And Coronets

1949 British comedy film about revenge. Stars Dennis Price, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood, Alec Guinness, Audrey Fildes and others.

Kind Hearts And Coronets. Image shows from L to R: Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price), Edith (Valerie Hobson). Copyright: Ealing Studios.

Kind Hearts And Coronets

Black Ealing comedy with eight classic characterisations by Alec Guinness as the noble victims of vengeance-seeking relative Dennis Price

Genre
Film
Released
1949
Starring
Dennis Price, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood, Alec Guinness, Audrey Fildes, Miles Malleson, Clive Morton, Cecil Ramage and others
Writers
Roy Horniman, Robert Hamer and John Dighton
Director
Robert Hamer
Producer
Michael Balcon

Upon the death of his beloved mother, half-Italian, half-English nobleman Louis Mazzini resolves to seek revenge upon his estranged aristocratic family for ostracising her for marrying for love, and for denying his existence.

Through a series of plots and happy coincidences, Mazzini brings about and observes the demise of an array of members of the family he has never met, edging ever-closer towards becoming the Duke of Chalfont himself.

Meanwhile, the softly-spoken former department store clerk is taunted by Sibella, his beguiling and manipulative childhood sweetheart who married another man despite his warnings, and is now deeply regretful of her choices.

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