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Tennessee Williams (novel)
Gavin Lambert (screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 December 1961 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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"Drifting" through Rome with Leigh and Beatty See more (48 total) »


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Vivien Leigh ... Karen Stone

Warren Beatty ... Paolo di Leo
Coral Browne ... Meg

Jill St. John ... 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

Bessie Love ... Bunny
Elspeth March ... Mrs. Barrow
Henry McCarty ... Campbell Kennedy (as Henry McCarthy)

Warren Mitchell ... Giorgio
John Phillips ... Tom Stone
Paul Stassino ... Stefano - The Barber

Ernest Thesiger ... Stefano
Mavis Villiers ... Mrs. Coogan

Lotte Lenya ... Contessa Magda Terribili-Gonzales
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Britneva ... Principessa Bonmeni (uncredited)
Thelma D'Aguilar ... Mita (uncredited)
Edward de Souza ... (uncredited)

Jean Marsh ... (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Joe Sonessa ... Stalker (uncredited)

Directed by
José Quintero 
Writing credits
Tennessee Williams (novel)

Gavin Lambert (screenplay)

Jan Read (additional writing)

Produced by
Louis De Rochemont .... producer (as Louis de Rochemont)
Lothar Wolff .... associate producer
Original Music by
Richard Addinsell 
Cinematography by
Harry Waxman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ralph Kemplen 
Casting by
Robert Lennard 
Production Design by
Roger K. Furse  (as Roger Furse)
Art Direction by
Herbert Smith 
Costume Design by
Beatrice Dawson 
Makeup Department
Bob Lawrance .... makeup artist
A.G. Scott .... hair stylist
Production Management
Basil Somner .... production manager
Ted Wallis .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derrick Parr .... second assistant director
Jake Wright .... second assistant director
Peter Yates .... assistant director
Derek Parr .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Tony Wallis .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
John Jarvis .... set dresser
Ivor Beddoes .... sketch artist (uncredited)
Ron Benton .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
John Graysmark .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Tony Reading .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Peter Wood .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Keith Batten .... assistant boom operator: uncredited
Leslie Hodgson .... dubbing editor
Cecil Mason .... sound mixer
Dennis Whitlock .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest Day .... camera operator
Alec Mills .... focus puller (uncredited)
Jimmy Stilwell .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe
John Briggs .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Eunice Mountjoy .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Graham Shipham .... assembly editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Douglas Gamley .... conductor
Douglas Gamley .... music arranger (uncredited)
Other crew
June Faithfull .... continuity
Jack King .... administrator
Robert Porter .... location manager
Charles Castle .... production assistant (uncredited)
Midge Warnes .... production secretary (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Approved (certificate #20043) | West Germany:18 (f)

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'Peter Stephens' was a possible for The Baron and Campbell Kennedy.See more »
Continuity: The handkerchief Karen Stone takes out is different from the one picked up by the young man outside.See more »
Campbell Kennedy:Did you see Meg before she left?
Karen Stone:Meg? Where'd she go?
Julia McIlheny:Oh, some place in the Middle East. She says its a big trouble spot.
Karen Stone:I thought everywhere in the Middle East was a big trouble spot.
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
"Drifting" through Rome with Leigh and Beatty, 16 May 2010
Author: mikhail080 from the ruins beneath the Planet of the Apes

I'll say flat out right at the beginning, that if you don't appreciate the talents of Vivien Leigh -- you will not like The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone. This is her penultimate film, which was really made as a vehicle for her talents, without much of an ensemble cast and she's in nearly every scene. But the great actress is certainly up to the task of making this material work, although she is let down at times by contrivances of plot and other aspects of believability.

Taken from famous playwright Tennessee William's novella, the story concerns aging actress Karen Stone, who yearns to retire with her rich husband, who unfortunately expires while on their way to Rome for their extended getaway. Then the lonely widow starts dating a handsome young Italian guy who has an unusually close relationship with the sinister contessa who introduced them both.

Vivien Leigh as Karen Stone "drifts" through the movie, an ethereal presence that's nearly translucent, extremely delicate and cautiously mannered. The machinations of the plot allow her many opportunities to overstate or exaggerate, which is something Leigh never does. Many have said that this source material is kind of second rate Tennessee Williams, but even if true, Vivien Leigh's work here makes the very best of it in an engaging style.

And the movie has the added benefit of young future superstar Warren Beatty, making his second feature film. Needless to say, he looks fantastic, making it much more believable that Mrs. Stone would become so enamored with him. It's evident that Beatty clearly dove headfirst into an attempt to transform himself into an Italian gigolo. I find the Italian accent he attempted to be perhaps a little lacking at some points in the way of his hitting a few wrong pronunciations that sound artificial at very few and select times. Other than that minor detail, Beatty fills the role more than adequately, and his star power is in abundance.

And no small mention must go to fabulous Lotte Lenya (who scored an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress in this), as this unctuous Euro-trash "contessa" who deals in romantic relationships usually for women of a certain class, age and wealth. She's extremely creepy, and look for a frightening scene set inside a cavernous discotheque where the camera follows Lenya slithering through the crowd, making her way to the fragile Mrs Stone. Every scene with Lenya is a highlight in this movie, and also see how her intense love for her pet cat is expressed in the way Lenya artfully handles the willing feline.

The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone, surely a "must-see" for devotees of Williams, Leigh, Beatty or Lenya, and anyone who enjoys colorful European settings, vivid characters and glossy romantic drama.

**** out of *****

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