Kind Hearts and Coronets
In prison awaiting execution the next morning, Louis, the 10th Duke of Chalfont, puts down on paper the events that led him to his current situation. His mother has been banished from her family, the D'Ascoynes, after she married Louis' father, who was considered far beneath her. After her death, the D'Ascoynes refused permission for her to be buried in the family crypt. Louis then plots his revenge, and kills all those ahead of him in the succession until he becomes the Duke. Along the way, he becomes involved with the married Sibelia who, when spurned, makes sure he ends up in prison. The day before his execution, Sibelia recants her testimony, saving him not only from the gallows, but also sets him free. Once outside the prison however, he realizes he's forgotten one little thing.
Director: Robert Hamer
Writer: Roy Horniman (novel), Robert Hamer (screenplay), John Dighton (screenplay)
Production: Ealing Studios
Released: 14 Jun 1950
Awards: Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations.
Movie Video Clips
Revenge is the dish which people of...
I don't want to marry Lionel
What would you say if she asked you...
I shot an arrow in the air
I was sorry about the girl
I never longed for Sibella as much as...
I want to talk to you for a minute
What am I doing
Mama was the daughter
Hoskins is now going to thrash you
If I may venture to say so
Was Lord Tennyson far from the mark when...
And sent the fool of the family into the...
A difficult client can make things most...
Time had brought me revenge on Lionel
She had no rights in the matter
The Italian men are so handsome
The last execution of a Duke in this...
I considered it both seemly and touching...
All of your cousins seem to get killed
A tragic loss serves to put lesser...
You're pledged to Lionel
The very honesty of your behavior would...
I have decided to appoint you my private...
Louis - Dennis Price
Edith - Valerie Hobson
Sibella - Joan Greenwood
The D'Ascoyne Family: The Duke - 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
Warder - Stanley Beard
Warder - Maxwell Foster
First Lord Delivering Verdict - Peter Gawthorne
Lady Redpole - Molly Hamley-Clifford
Gamekeeper Hoskins - Leslie Handford
Sergeant-at-Arms - Nicholas Hill
Peer of the Realm - Fletcher Lightfoot
Young Graham - Cavan Malone
Warder in Jail - Laurence Naismith
Clerk of Parliament - Gordon Phillott
Lawyer - Harry Phipps
Young Louis - Jeremy Spenser
Valuer - Ivan Staff
Defence Counsel - Richard Wattis
Young Sibella - Carol White
Captain - Harold Young