- Dennis Price, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood, Alec Guinness, Audrey Fildes, Miles Malleson, Clive Morton, Cecil Ramage and more
- Roy Horniman, Robert Hamer and John Dighton
- Robert Hamer
- Michael Balcon and Michael Relph
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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- He chopped down the family tree...; A hilarious study in the gentle art of murder
- UK certificate
- 106 minutes
- UK release
- Thursday 23rd June 1949
- Camera set-up
- Single camera
- Black and white
- Music by Ernest Irving.
- Most recent repeats
- Thursday 30th November 2023 at 2:50pm on Film4
- Friday 24th November 2023 at 4:35pm on Film4
- Friday 22nd September 2023 at 3:00pm on TPTV
- Ealing Studios
- Leeds Castle - D'Ascoyne estate