Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime
A distant poor relative of the Duke D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.
Although tame by today's standards, Dennis Price's love scenes with the purring Joan Greenwood shocked Ealing Studios head Michael Balcon, and almost led to a major re-edit of the finished movie.
Warder in Jail:
Good evening, Mr. Elliot.
The Hangman: Good evening.
When "The Hangman" (Miles Malleson) opens the peep hole to the prisoner's cell, he moves the covering to the right, with a finger. After we are allowed to gaze at the back of the prisoner's neck for a few seconds, the shot reverts to the outside of the cell door; The Hangman releases the cover which closes from left to right, not right to left, as it should have done.
The opening credits list photos of the 4 leading actors with their character names; in the case of Alec Guinness, 8 photos of the 8 characters he plays are shown, along with the one character name of "The D'Ascoyne Family." In the end credits, the 8 character names are listed for him.
Early VHS prints sold in the U.S. changed the line "catch a n****r by his toe" to "catch a tiger by his toe"
$8,004 1 December 2019