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The L-Shaped Room (1962)

Jane, a young French woman, pregnant and unmarried, takes a room in a seedy London boarding house, which is inhabited by an assortment of misfits. She considers getting an abortion, but is ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Verity Edmett ...
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Cicely Courtneidge ...
Harry Locke ...
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Gerry Duggan ...
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Joan Ingram ...
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Mark Eden ...
Terry
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Jane, a young French woman, pregnant and unmarried, takes a room in a seedy London boarding house, which is inhabited by an assortment of misfits. She considers getting an abortion, but is unhappy with this solution. She falls into a relationship with Toby, a struggling young writer who lives on the first floor. Eventually she comes to like her odd room, and makes friends with all the strange people in the house. But she still faces two problems: what to do with her baby, and what to do with Toby. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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"Sex is not a forbidden word!"

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20 November 1962 (UK)  »

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El cuarto indiscreto  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The rent of 42 shillings per week is the equivalent of £40 (or $52.50) in 2016. See more »

Goofs

The first floor light goes out by itself (as it does often due to the faulty switch) twice as Janes goes from Toby's room up to hers looking for him. See more »

Connections

Edited into The Queen Is Dead (1986) See more »

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Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty
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Written by A.J. Mills, Fred Godfrey & Bennett Scott
Sung by Cicely Courtneidge
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Forgotten, but marvelous
21 June 1999 | by (Calgary, AB) – See all my reviews

It's a shame this film has been all but forgotten. It's an excellent drama and character study, and features a career best performance from Leslie Caron, as an unwed pregnant French woman at a London boarding house. Though they all want her to get an abortion for various reasons, she refuses, and this forces them all to emerge from their shells and become a framework of friendship and love. The ending is sad, and just about perfect. The fact that time has neglected it is a true shame.


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