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Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

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Dennis Price Dennis Price
Joan Greenwood Joan Greenwood
Alec Guinness Alec Guinness
The D'Ascoyne Family: The Duke / The Banker / The Parson / The General / The Admiral / Young Ascoyne / Young Henry / Lady Agatha
Miles Malleson Miles Malleson
The Hangman
Clive Morton Clive Morton
The Prison Governor
John Penrose John Penrose

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Roy Horniman Roy Horniman
Robert Hamer Robert Hamer


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5 years, 7 months ago at May 21 21:21
Since I kept hearing good things about this flick, I was really eager to check it out. Unfortunately, even though I did like it, I'm afraid I didn't really connect with the whole thing. I don't know, maybe I wasn't in the right mood or maybe it has to do with the fact that I saw it on the BBC without subtitles so I missed a bit of the dialogs. Still, like I said before, I still liked it and it is ... read more
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Dennis Price is sublime as an embittered young commoner determined to avenge his mother’s unjust disinheritance by ascending to her family’s dukedom in one of Ealing Studios’ greatest triumphs, and one of the most wickedly black comedies ever made.
Release date: 14 June 1950
UPC: 013131145991
Tags: Comedy (8), Black Comedy (8), 1949 (7), Murder (5), Dark Comedy (4), Serial Killer (3), British (3), Crime (3), Aristocracy (2), Funeral (2), Extramarital Affair (2), (2), Gallows (2), Essential Cinema (2), Social Differences (2), 1940s (2), Gallows Humor (2), Duke (2), Ship Sinking (2), B&w (2)
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"This is a black comedy classic, and one of the first black-and-white movies I ever saw. It's a tale told in flashback of how our hero went about murdering the whole D'Ascoyne lineage in order to secure his rightful place as Duke. I always simply enjoyed it as a straight-up tale of revenge, since I couldn't help but agree that the way the D'Ascoyne family disowned his mother in the past was pretty shameful, but I guess that's also where its dark humour comes from: the righteous sense of justice i"

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" A delicious wicked antihero killing both innocents and "those who deserve it" as he takes his revenge and justify his deeds in order to become the first in line to get a big inheritance. It is a near to a perfect black comedy with Alec Guinness playing the roles of all the bizarre family members who end up killed. Only the artificial moralistic ending that must have been put there to please the producers feels "off". "

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