Louis Mazzini's mother belongs to the aristocratic family D'Ascoyne, but she ran away with an opera singer. Therefore, she and Louis were rejected by the D'Ascoynes. Once adult, Louis decides to avenges his mother and him, by becoming the next Duke of the family. Murdering every potential successor is clearly the safest way to achieve his goal.
English - like what it should be spoke...
- Kind Hearts and Coronets review by JK
This film is a true classic. What an absolute joy to be able to hear every word the actors say with such clarity. It was music to the ears as opposed to today's mumblings in Dolby Stereo where you need subtitles to understand the gist of what is being said even in what is supposed to be your own language.
The script is as sharp and sparkling today as it was in the 40's/50's when Ealing Comedies were at their peak.
Were Dennis Price and Joan Greenwood really that thin though?