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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

A lobby card for this film enjoys an extended appearance in "Requiem for a Heavyweight" as Anthony Quinn applies as an usher. 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

Mrs. Carlyle Hardwicke: You didn't learn to mambo like this in Saudi Arabia.
William 'Bill' Gridley: No, South America. Student riot.
Mrs. Carlyle Hardwicke: Hmmm?
William 'Bill' Gridley: Well, you had to move something or everything was over.
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Miss Novak's gowns designed by... Herself See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood My Home Town (1965) 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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Some marvelous bits that don't belong in the same movie
13 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

Look at the actors, the writing, the music! How can this film miss? Well, it does, and badly. Despite having a few marvelous bits and great support work by Astaire, Jeffries, and others, Lemmon gives his worst career performance. He doesn't seem to have a clue as to what his character is really about. And neither do we. One minute he's a naive simpleton, the next he is cunning and diabolic. When did he get transformed so dramatically? Quine doesn't give us a clue. This is the third movie where Quine works with Lemmon and Novak. All have their moments, but all are quite unevenly directed. Skip it.


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