Kind Hearts And Coronets

Synopsis: In prison awaiting execution the next morning Louis, the 10th Duke of Chalfont, sets down on paper the events that led him to his current situation. His mother has been banished from her family, the D'Ascoynes, after she married Louis' father who was considered far beneath her. After her death, the D'Ascoynes refused permission for her to be buried in the family crypt. Louis then plots his revenge - and kills all those ahead of him in the succession until he becomes the Duke. Along the way, he becomes involved with the married Sibelia who, when spurned, makes sure he ends up in prison. The day before his execution Sibelia recants her testimony saving him not only from the gallows but also sets him free. Once outside the prison however, he realizes he's forgotten one little thing........
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Robert Hamer
Production: Ealing Studios
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

Reduced to even deeper poverty

by my father's death...

Mama swallowed her pride...

and made an effort at reconciliation

with her family.

They did not even reply to her letter.

In order to keep us both alive,

she was reduced...

to the horrible expedient

of taking in a lodger.

For him, she had to perform

the most menial tasks.

She felt that her family had conspired

to cheat me of my birthright...

and I passed

from infancy to childhood...

in an atmosphere

of family history and genealogies.

The dukedom had been bestowed...

by Charles II

on Colonel Henry D'Ascoyne...

for services rendered to His Majesty

during his exile.

Later, for services rendered

to His Majesty...

after his restoration by the duchess...

the title was granted

the unique privilege...

of descending by the female

as well as the male line.

- Louis.

- It was therefore theoretically possible...

that via Mama I might inherit the dukedom.

Mama scraped and saved...

and sent me to the best school

she could afford.

One little incident of my school days

occurs to me as amusing...

in relation to my present situation.

Lionel Holland.

What is the Sixth Commandment?

Come, come now.

Someone else then.

I know, please, Miss Waterman.

Louis Mazzini. Tell him.

- "Thou shalt not kill. "

- Quite right, Louis.

The Sixth Commandment is

"Thou shalt not kill. "

"No, in those days...

"I never had any trouble

with the Sixth Commandment.

As to the seventh, I was hardly of an age

to concern myself with it. "

Although I was old enough

to be in love.

So Sibella enters my story.

Sibella and her brother, Graham,

were my only close friends...

and we grew up together.

In their case, Mama relaxed her objection

to my associating with the local children.

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Robert James Hamer (31 March 1911 – 4 December 1963) was a British film director and screenwriter. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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