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The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 28 December 1961 (USA)
An aging actress travels to Rome with her husband; after he suddenly dies during the flight, she begins a passionate affair with a young gigolo.

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Cast

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Coral Browne ...
Meg
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Barbara Bingham
Jeremy Spenser ...
Young man
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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 ...
Singer
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Bunny
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Henry McCarty ...
Campbell Kennedy (as Henry McCarthy)
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Storyline

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

According to his memoirs Oliver Reed was interviewed by Elia Kazan for a role in the movie. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

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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Version of The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is a Bore
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Addinsell
Lyrics by Paddy Roberts
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User Reviews

 
Vivien Leigh shines in a tale of a woman drifting much like herself.
27 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to disagree with the comments that Warren Beatty made this movie. I thought his Italian accent was poor and most of the time he sits and pouts.

Vivien Leigh made this movie for me. She related to Karen Stone because at the time she was a manic depressive and was receiving shock treatments.

This role is very similar to Blanche Dubois and Mary Treadwell.

I've read the novella by Tennessee Williams and the movie does make a very good adaptation of it.

The cinematography is beautiful and so is the costuming.


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