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The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)

 -  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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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 ...
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Viola Keats ...
Julia McIlheny
Cleo Laine ...
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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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The Widow and the Gigolo  »

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Trivia

This was Ernest Thesiger's final film before his death on January 14, 1961 at the age of 81. See more »

Goofs

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

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Paolo di Leo: Rome is a very old city. Three-thousand years. How old are you? Fifty?
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Love Is a Bore
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Music by Richard Addinsell
Lyrics by Paddy Roberts
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Blanche as a aging jet-setter
12 April 2007 | by (Houston, TX) – See all my reviews

I love this movie and recently purchased the 2006 DVD version with accompanying 12-minute "analysis". The analysis features an interview with Jill St. John who admitted that not once during filming did Miss Leigh ever actually speak to her. Interesting. That certainly mirrors the relationship between Karen Stone, the aging and drifting actress, and Miss St. John's irritating bimbo-starlet character in the story. Yes - Beatty's accent is horrendous and distracting but otherwise, he captures the essence of a young Roman hustler. Lenya outdoes herself and is nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her performance as the procurer. But, Vivien Leigh IS this movie with her fading beauty/fame and related insecurities mirroring those of the title character. Miss Leigh's stunning early 60s couture by Balmain, the posh sets, and that baby-blue Lincoln convertible are wonderful props for a poignant and compelling tale of loss and the loneliness and desperation that can result therefrom.

By the way, I am conflicted and unsure about the finale of the movie. I presume that's what Mr. Williams intended.


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