in about 100 words or less
UK 106m, B&W
Director: Robert Hamer; Cast: Dennis Price, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood, Alec Guinness
Kind Hearts and Coronets is a devious clever black comedy which tells the story of a disenfranchised aristocrat played by Dennis Price, who wins back his title by murdering the heirs who stand in the way to his dukedom. The movie’s main comedic strength is the irreverent ways in which the various family members meet their demise at the hands of the Price’s scheming character. Equally brilliant is Guinness’s performance as eight supporting eccentric characters who make up the ever diminishing D’Ascoyne family (Klaus Ming August 2009).