Dennis Price is an heir to a dukedom, but eight members of the D'Ascoyne family precede him; Alec Guinness portrays all eight, including a woman. There are also notable performances from Valerie Hobson and Joan Greenwood as the femme fatale.
Kind Hearts and Coronets is regarded as one of the best Ealing Studios films, and is listed in Time magazine's top 100, and in the BFI Top 100 British films. In 2000, Total Film magazine readers voted Kind Hearts and Coronets as the twenty-fifth-greatest comedy film, and, in 2004, named it the seventh-greatest British film.
Louis Mazzini: [after murdering his cousin along with his cousin's mistress] I was sorry about the girl, but found some relief in the reflection that she had presumably during the weekend already undergone a fate worse than death.