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The Notorious Landlady (1962)

An American junior diplomat in London rents a house from, and falls in love with, a woman suspected of murder.

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When William Gridley arrives from the US in London, he rents part of Carly Hardwicke's house from her and promptly begins to fall in love. Gridley doesn't know that many people think she killed her husband but his boss, on the American embassy staff, knows and doesn't take this "lapse of judgment" lightly. Since Carly is also American, Gridley saves his job by introducing her to his boss, who is promptly smitten and promises to help her. So when a Scotland Yard detective arrives, wanting to get to the truth one way or another, they say they'll help him. And then the comedic complications really begin. Written by Anonymous

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*She may have murdered her husband...or maybe it's only a roomer See more »

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April 1962 (Austria)  »

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Noch Zimmer frei  »

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Trivia

During a conversation with his landlady Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon asks her, "Do you know 'My Funny Valentine?'" In the 1957 film Pal Joey (1957), Kim Novak's character Linda English performs the song, "My Funny Valentine" during the rehearsals prior to Joey's night club's opening. See more »

Goofs

In the murder trial, Police Sgt. Dillings testifies that he saw Gridley and Hardwicke standing together with their arms around each other, and that she had the gun in her left hand. In the first scene flashback, they are standing together and her right hand is down along her side with the gun in it. In her flashback scene later, she has the gun in her left hand after Miles is shot. See more »

Quotes

Franklyn Ambruster: I want you to know that I have no intention of watching you go down the drain and using my career as a raft.
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Referenced in Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General
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from "The Pirates of Penzance"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Played by band at Wessex Hotel
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Lemmon, Novak, Astaire, Jeffries and Gershwin, Great
4 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film for the first time on Turner Classic Movies tonight

A comedy set in England with this quartet of leads - Jack Lemmon, Kim Novak, Fred Astaire, Lionel Jeffries - a London cab full of great character actors, crisp and fully-toned black and white photography and a script from Larry Gelbert and Blake Edwards could not have been more pleasant. Gershwin's "A Foggy Day in London Town," washed it in additional wonderfulness. The sequences near the end of the film at a seaside resort in Penzance is wickedly choreographed with actors, camera moves and scoring for big laughs to a live band shell performance of a Gilbert and Sullivan ditty. Everything is spot on, silly to smart.


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