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.
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106 min

At least their father, Dr. Hallward,

was a professional man.

Louis, we must think very carefully

about your future.

Well, it should be quite easy

to get a job.

Not a job, dear. A career.

I had hoped for Cambridge for you.

The D'Ascoynes always go to Trinity.

And then, perhaps, the diplomatic.

But I'm afraid it's no use

looking as high as that.

However, when you've

passed your examination...

that should equip you for a start

in one of the professions.

People of quite good family go into

the professions nowadays, I understand.

Now, who do we know

who could help us?

We don't really know anyone,

except the family, and they don't know us.

The least we can do

is try once more.

I shall write

to Lord Ascoyne D'Ascoyne.

He can surely do something

in that bank of his.

Bank, Mama? Is that a profession?

This is a private bank, Louis, dear.

They don't pass money over the counter.

The letter was duly dispatched...

and this time we did get an answer.

"Madam, I am instructed

by Lord Ascoyne D'Ascoyne...

"to inform you that he is not aware

of your son's existence...

as a member

of the D'Ascoyne family. "

Signed by his secretary.

It's very stupid of him - of them all -

not to admit your existence...

when one day you might be

It's a very big "might," Mama.

There must be at least 12 people

before me...

to say nothing of the ones

who haven't been born yet.

Stranger things have happened.

I don't wish to be unchristian,

but in view of their attitude...

I could almost wish those 12 people

should all die tomorrow.

All except one, Mama.

Because you must be duchess

It will have to be a job, not a career,

after all, Mama.

I'm afraid so, Louis.

A D'Ascoyne in trade.

Did poor Mama's silly dreaming...

plant in my brain some seed

which was afterwards to grow...

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Robert Hamer

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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