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Kind Hearts And Coronets


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  Kind Hearts And Coronets Review
Tookey's Rating
10 /10
 
Average Rating
9.45 /10
 
Starring
Alec Guinness , Dennis Price , Valerie Hobson
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Directed by: Robert Hamer
Written by: Robert Hamer, John Dighton from Roy Horniman's novel Israel Rank

 
 
 
Released: 1949
   
Genre: UNDERRATED
BLACK COMEDY
CRIME
COMEDY
   
Origin: GB
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 106
 
 


 

Serial killer (Dennis Price, pictured left) conducts one-man cull of the English aristocracy. Serves them right.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Most sophisticated and delightful of all British film comedies, and welcome proof that dialogue containing words of more than one syllable can have a place in the cinema. Dennis Price, Alec Guinness (pictured centre) and Joan Greenwood - in an outrageously sexy performance - all contribute greatly to the fun, which centres on that most gentlemanly of English sports, murder in pursuit of a title. On its release, the critics were only partially impressed. Since, it has rightly been elevated to classic status.
Robert Hamer (on his intentions): "Firstly, that of making a film not noticeably similar to any previously made in the English language. Secondly, that of using this English language, which I love, in a more varied and interesting way. Thirdly, that of making a picture which paid no regard whatever to established, although not practised, moral conventions."

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