A couple weeks ago Diane and I saw The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Cap’n Bob, Deb, and others pointed out the plot of The Gentileman’s Guide to Love and Murder sounded a lot like Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). I saw Kind Hearts and Coronets back in the Sixties and had completely forgotten about it. So I picked up this deluxe Criterion Collection edition and watched it. Yes, The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder follows the basic plot of Kind Hearts and Coronets with some significant changes. The comedy of dispatching the family members standing between our “hero” and the Dukedom is much funnier. And, of course, The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a musical. And, the ending of Kind Hearts and Coronets is NOT the conclusion of A Gentileman’s Guide to Love and Murder.
The Criterion Collection includes extras like the American Ending to Kind Hearts and Coronets, the Original theatrical trailer, a feature-length BBC documentary on the history of Ealing Studios, and a rare, 70-minute talk-show appearance by Alec Guinness from 1977. Very nice box set! GRADE: A