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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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 »

Goofs

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

Charles Richmond: All our years of marriage she never once raised her voice at me, never tried to wheedle anything out of me. She was... remarkable.
Maria Marcello: You were a lucky man.
Charles Richmond: She died in great pain. A kind nature is no defense in sickness and death. So... what's the point of it?
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Version of Gôka kyakusen kurûzu satsujin annai (2001) See more »

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Symphony No. 8
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Muir Mathieson
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Finally Available on VHS!
25 April 2001 | by (New London, CT USA) – See all my reviews

I have been searching for this film on VHS for over 17 years, and it is now available.

I first saw this film in the mid 60's and have admired it ever since. It is beautifully filmed and has a great performance from Ralph Richardson. Gina portrays a sympathetic character and you will never see Sean Connery more vile or evil than is this film. Practically the entire soundtrack consists of classical music excerpts that served as my introduction to classical music while I was in grade school. The posters and graphics used to advertise this film give you the impression that it is a sensuous murder mystery, which it is not. It is well-paced and full of surprises. If you are a fan of Hitchcock, you will enjoy this film.


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