Kind Hearts and Coronets Movie Review
This very British film features a successful surprise ending and a strong supporting cast, especially Joan Greenwood as the bad girl who threatens to be Mazzini's undoing. But Dennis Price is not Guinness' match as a screen presence, and his character is too amoral to be believable, even for a farce, so the film doesn't quite work. It could also have used more Alec Guinness -- in spite of playing eight roles, Guinness doesn't actually get enough screen time. And when Sir Alec is not on screen, the whole thing is a little too slow and contrived.
Still, it's interesting to see what British comedy was like during the late 1940s -- dry, mannered, and very ironic. British comedy being what it is, it should come as no surprise that Guinness does appear in drag for one role (pretty funny, actually).