About

Louis Mazzini's mother belongs to the aristocratic family D'Ascoyne, but she ran away with an opera singer. Therefore, she and Louis were rejected by the D'Ascoynes. Once adult, Louis decides to avenges his mother and him, by becoming the next Duke of the family. Murdering every potential successor is clearly the safest way to achieve his goal.

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Directed by

Robert Hamer

Written by

John Dighton (Screenplay)
Robert Hamer (Screenplay)
Nancy Mitford (Screenplay)
Roy Horniman (Novel)

Runtime

106 minutes

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Tagline

A hilarious study in the gentle art of murder.

Cast

Keywords

jealousy singer prison poison dark comedy italian widow relatives duke gallows heir

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