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The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  28 December 1961 (USA)
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Critics and the public say Karen Stone is too old -- as she approaches 50 -- for her role in a play she is about to take to Broadway. Her businessman husband, 20 years her senior, has been ... See full summary »

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Coral Browne ...
Meg
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Barbara Bingham
Jeremy Spenser ...
Young man
Stella Bonheur ...
Mrs. Jamison-Walker
Josephine Brown ...
Lucia
Peter Dyneley ...
Lloyd Greener
Carl Jaffe ...
Baron Waldheim (as Carl Jaffé)
Harold Kasket ...
Tailor
Viola Keats ...
Julia McIlheny
Cleo Laine ...
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Bunny
Elspeth March ...
Henry McCarty ...
Campbell Kennedy (as Henry McCarthy)
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Critics and the public say Karen Stone is too old -- as she approaches 50 -- for her role in a play she is about to take to Broadway. Her businessman husband, 20 years her senior, has been the angel for the play and gives her a way out: They are off to a holiday in Rome for his health. He suffers a fatal heart attack on the plane. Mrs. Stone stays in Rome. She leases a magnificent apartment with a view of the seven hills from the terrace. Then the contessa comes calling to introduce a young man named Paola to her. The contessa knows many presentable young men and lonely American widows. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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28 December 1961 (USA)  »

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The Widow and the Gigolo  »

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Trivia

Production documents say that Terence Stamp was cast in this film but there is no sign of him in the final print. See more »

Goofs

The handkerchief Karen Stone takes out is different from the one picked up by the young man outside. See more »

Quotes

Woman Theatergoer #1: My God, what's happened to Karin Stone?
Woman Theatergoer #2: Yes, isn't it strange?
Woman Theatergoer #1: She used to be so wonderful.
Man Theatergoer #1: Well, you know the time comes when Mother Nature catches up with all you old gals.
Woman Theatergoer #1: Oh, come now, she can't be that old.
Woman Theatergoer #2: Oh, she's forty-five.
Man Theatergoer #2: And then some.
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The Warner Brothers shield logo which normally introduces a Warner Brothers film appears at the end of this film instead of at the beginning. See more »

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Referenced in Nancy Drew (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is a Bore
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Music by Richard Addinsell
Lyrics by Paddy Roberts
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This film ages like fine wine
2 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

Vivien Leigh plays the aging, isolated Mrs. Stone with a tragic grace and beauty that only she could bring to this exquisite, lyrical film of Tennessee Williams' haunting tale of the human need of permanence in a transitory world. (I remember reading Williams' Memoirs in which he says that this was his favorite film made from his work.) It is only now that I've attained Mrs. Stone's age that I've really come to understand the "drifting" that is portrayed here. Lotte Lenya is also brilliant in the role of the Contessa.Lenya was nominated for the Academy Award as "Best Supporting Actress" for this role, and she should have won. She is unctuous, smarmy, and brilliant. Vivien Leigh should also have been nominated, for her alienated, unfulfilled, sad ex-star. She gave another excellent performance-- an interesting bookend to her magnificent Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, the other of Tennessee Williams' "lost" ladies she immortalized on the screen.


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