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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 ...
Singer
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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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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

Karen Stone: You see... I don't leave my diamonds in the soap dish... and when the time comes when nobody desires me... for myself... I'd rather not be... desired... at all.
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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 Drift (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

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