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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Coral Browne ...
Barbara Bingham
Jeremy Spenser ...
Young man
Stella Bonheur ...
Mrs. Jamison-Walker
Josephine Brown ...
Peter Dyneley ...
Lloyd Greener
Carl Jaffe ...
Baron Waldheim (as Carl Jaffé)
Harold Kasket ...
Viola Keats ...
Julia McIlheny
Cleo Laine ...
Elspeth March ...
Henry McCarty ...
Campbell Kennedy (as Henry McCarthy)


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 <>

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28 December 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Widow and the Gigolo  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.85 : 1
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The handkerchief Karen Stone takes out is different from the one picked up by the young man outside. See more »


Meg: Oh, Karen, there isn't anybody who ever knew you and who ever loved you...
Karen Stone: Who are these people who love me? I want names.
Meg: I can give you thousands. You represented...
Karen Stone: Various parts. Parts in the theater. Never, ever, myself.
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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 »


Version of The Drift (1989) See more »


Love Is a Bore
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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