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Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) was a Comedy - Crime Film directed by Robert Hamer and produced by Michael Balcon and Michael Relph.

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As Oito V?timas / Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

By L? on Aug 3, 2018 From Critica Retro

As Oito V?timas / Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Um ator interpretando mais de um personagem na mesma pe?a ? algo comum no teatro. Tamb?m ? comum no cinema, desde a era muda. Obviamente, com o tempo tudo p?de ficar mais interessante, e em vez de apenas dois pap?is, um ator podia interpretar... Read full article


Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

By Beatrice on May 16, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Kind Hearts and Coronets Directed by Robert Hamer Written by Robert Hamer and James Dighton from a novel by Roy Horniman 1949/UK Ealing Studios Repeat viewing/Amazon Instant #231 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die As the film opens, the Duke of D’Ascoyne (Dennis Price) is calmly awa... Read full article


Top 250 Tuesday #180 – Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949)

By Michael on Jun 3, 2014 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

Continuing to wend my way through the Sight and Sound Top 250 Greatest Movies of All Time. This week, it’s #180 on the list,? Robert Hamer‘s Kind Hearts and Coronets. For a longer introduction to this series and a look at the full list, just click here. And if you want a heads-up on what... Read full article


Top 250 Tuesday #180 – Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949)

By Michael on Jun 3, 2014 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

Continuing to wend my way through the Sight and Sound Top 250 Greatest Movies of All Time. This week, it’s #180 on the list,? Robert Hamer‘s Kind Hearts and Coronets. For a longer introduction to this series and a look at the full list, just click here. And if you want a heads-up on what... Read full article


Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 17, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Starring Dennis Price and Alec Guinness (in eight roles), this black comedy follows a commoner who tries to avenge his mother by killing eight relatives. The story begins with a man about to be hung and as he waits, he writes his memoir. Through a flashback, his childhood and adult life is shown. He... Read full article


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Sibella: All of your cousins seem to get killed. I really wouldn't be the least surprised if you murdered them all.


Louis Mazzini: The next morning I went out shooting with Ethelred - or rather, to watch Ethelred shooting; for my principles will not allow me to take a direct part in blood sports.


[to a poacher caught in a mantrap]
The Duke: Hoskins is now going to thrash you; then he'll let you go. Let this be a lesson to you not to poach on my land.


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Facts about

Agatha's death in the film caused some consternation for Alec Guinness. The scene in question - a hot air ballooning accident filmed in a field next door to Pinewood Studios - prompted him to ask the producers if he was well insured. They told him that he was, to the tune of £10,000, but Guinness didn't think that was enough. He then declared that the balloon could not be raised any more than 15 feet unless they raised the insurance to £50,000. Ealing Studios was renowned for being very penny-pinching and it naturally refused Guinness' demand, pointing out that he would be accompanied in the balloon by a well-qualified Belgian balloonist hidden in the basket with him. Guinness was undeterred in his refusal to perform the stunt, so the scene in the finished film is not him but the Belgian balloonist wearing Agatha's dress and wig. Guinness had the last laugh, however, when a high wind pulled the balloon off course. The Belgian balloonist was found 50 miles away, having had to pitch into a river.
The title refers to the following lines from Alfred Lord Tennyson's 1842 poem "Lady Clara Vere de Vere": "Kind hearts are more than coronets, And simple faith than Norman blood."
Although Ealing boss Michael Balcon later professed that this was his favorite of the Ealing films he produced, at the time of production he was less favorably inclined towards it, to the extent that he refused director Robert Hamer the chance to follow it up with his long-cherished project set in the West Indies. Hamer ultimately only directed one more film for Ealing, His Excellency.
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