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Director:
Writers:
Tennessee Williams (novel)
Gavin Lambert (screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 December 1961 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Blanche as a aging jet-setter See more (46 total) »

Cast

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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)
John Graysmark .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Tony Reading .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Peter Wood .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
103 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
This was Williams' personal favorite film adaptation of any of his works.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nancy Drew (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Love Is a BoreSee more »

FAQ

What is the movie about?
What happens after the young man enters Karen's apartment?
Why did the Contessa ask Karen for $1,000?
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14 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Blanche as a aging jet-setter, 12 April 2007
Author: swinms from Houston, TX

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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