Tyrannical but ailing tycoon Charles Richmond becomes very fond of his attractive Italian nurse, Maria. The nurse, in turn, falls in love with Charles' ne'er-do-well nephew Anthony, who plots ways to gain control of his uncle's fortune.

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Maria Marcello
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Anthony 'Tony' Richmond
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Charles Richmond
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Detective Inspector Lomer
Johnny Sekka ...
Thomas
Laurence Hardy ...
Baines
Peter Madden ...
Yacht Captain
Danny Daniels ...
Fenton
Noel Howlett ...
Assistant Solicitor
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Dr. Murray (scenes deleted)
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A ruthless tycoon, whom his nephew (Anthony "Tony" Richmond) hates as he had both deprived his father of half of the family business and had (after his father had committed suicide) married his mother. A nurse (Maria) from a poor Italian family, is initially hired to care for the tycoon. She initially dislikes him because he abuses his employees. Tony convinces Maria to persist in his employ, however, telling her that he plans to bequeath his entire (50 million pound) fortune to charity. He plans to help her marry him, then to help him change his will, and (perhaps) then to help her achieve her inheritance...all for a payoff of 1 million pounds. Written by Robert B. Sklaroff, M.D.

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IT'S SO EASY TO SET FIRE TO "A WOMAN OF STRAW" (original ad - all caps)

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25 August 1964 (Japan)  »

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The white tuxedo Sean Connery wears in this film is the same one he would later wear in the pre-title sequence of Goldfinger (1964). The jacket even had the initials "AR" sewn on the inside, which stand for his character's name Anthony Richmond. See more »

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At Majorca, a man offers himself to drive Maria to a nearby hotel. He drives his truck on the left, but in Spain he should have driven on the right. See more »

Quotes

Maria Marcello: He was telling me about your mother.
Anthony 'Tony' Richmond: How she liked his strength after my father's weakness? How she loved him, despite his wealth?
Maria Marcello: He was so sad when he talked about her dying.
Anthony 'Tony' Richmond: Did he tell you what he said the minute after she died?
Maria Marcello: No...
Anthony 'Tony' Richmond: He said, "You gave me everything, and took nothing. You were a very stupid woman." Let's not get sentimental, shall we?
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Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

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Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 25
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Muir Mathieson
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Greed and Murder with Style and Intelligence
27 February 2014 | by (Atlanta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

This film is a personal favorite of mine, a guilty pleasure that I return to quite often. It's a forgotten film, rarely shown on television to my knowledge, and hard to find on DVD. It's not a masterpiece, but I'm drawn to its style and premise. The plot is an intriguing, far-fetched tale of greed that turns to murder and deception played out in a wealthy English country estate and aboard a yacht in the Mediterranean Sea. Lovely to look at as well are the two stars: a suave, well tailored Sean Connery in his prime, and the incomparable Gina Lollobrigida decked out in a Dior wardrobe and looking as up-to-date today as she did half a century ago. It's not like watching an old movie at all. In addition to her appearance, she gives a compelling performance. How could anyone not enjoy two hours of this? "Woman of Straw" came toward the end of Basil Dearden's career and his direction is experienced and sure-handed. The intelligent script contains some thoughtful statements on racism and class structure. This profound bit of dialog is uttered by the tyrannical millionaire, played by Ralph Richardson, when reminiscing about his late wife: "She never raised her voice to me, never tried to wheedle anything out of me. She was exceptional. She died in great pain. A kind nature is no defense against sickness and death, so what's the point of it?" Gems like this have me hanging on every word. The cat and mouse game goes on a little too long and taxes suspension of disbelief, but it's a fun-filled journey all the way.


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