Kind Hearts and Coronets

Kind Hearts and Coronets

(1949)

A hilarious study in the gentle art of murder.

Robert Hamer's classic 1949 crime comedy following a man who, after his mother's death, attempts to kill off all eight relatives that stand between him and the inheritance. As the tagline says: "He chopped down the family tree..."

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This 70-year-old British satire holds up remarkably well, aside from the inherent, ingrained sexism of the times. Alec Guinness is superb, playing all eight members of the ill-fated D’Ascoyne family, and Joan Greenwood wickedly fun, in director Robert Hamer’s expertly shot, comedy classic.


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