Friday, July 10, 2009

One Way to Inherit a Dukedom

Kind Hearts and Coronets, a masterpiece of English film comedy, debuted sixty years ago this summer. It's the movie that asks the question, "How can a draper's assistant become the 10th Duke of Chalford?" Answer: by practicing the gentle art of murder on the seven members of the aristocratic D'Ascoyne family who stand in his way. The Telegraph salutes the occasion with a tribute to the film's writer and director, Robert Hamer.

Hamer drank himself to death, but what a legacy he left us: a movie in which young Alec Guinness portrayed not only the murderer but all seven of the murder victims as well.

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