June 3, 2009

Kind Hearts and Coronets

The Lady Agatha D'Ascoyne

Title: Kind Hearts and Coronets
Year: 1949 (UK), 1950 (US)
Director: Robert Hamer
Writer: Robert Hamer & John Dighton, based on the novel by Roy Horniman
Starring: Dennis Price, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood, Alec Guinness
Music: Ernest Irving
Distinctions: currently #135 on IMDb's Top 250
Length: 106 minutes
Synopsis: an estranged descendant of a Duke murders his relatives for an inheritance
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 8/10 (points off for cinematography and music) c. 2.9/4 (Good).

It's only occasionally funny enough to get a laugh, although it is consistently entertaining otherwise. Alec Guinness plays eight roles (all of them fun characters), and I might not even have guessed they're the same person if the blurb (and the opening credits) hadn't pointed it out.

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