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.
IT'S SO EASY TO SET FIRE TO "A WOMAN OF STRAW" (original ad - all caps)
Did You Know?
The title is based on the expression, 'man of straw', which describes a situation where one person serves as a front for another in activities which may or not be legal. See more
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
All our years of marriage she never once raised her voice at me, never tried to wheedle anything out of me. She was... remarkable.
You were a lucky man.
She died in great pain. A kind nature is no defense in sickness and death. So... what's the point of it?
Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond
Cosi fan tutti
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Muir Mathieson See more