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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.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writers:

Larry Gelbart (screenplay), Blake Edwards (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kim Novak ... Mrs. Carlyle 'Carly' Hardwicke
Jack Lemmon ... William 'Bill' Gridley
Fred Astaire ... Franklyn Ambruster
Lionel Jeffries ... Inspector Oliphant
Estelle Winwood ... Mrs. Dunhill
Maxwell Reed ... Miles Hardwicke
Philippa Bevans Philippa Bevans ... Mrs. Agatha Brown
Henry Daniell ... Stranger
Ronald Long ... Coroner
Richard Peel ... Police Sgt. Dillings
Doris Lloyd ... Lady Fallott
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1962 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Noch Zimmer frei See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Larry Gelbart's film writing debut. 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

Franklyn Ambruster: Then tell me one good thing about this morning, except that it's your last one in London.
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Miss Novak's gowns designed by... Herself See more »

Connections

References Pal Joey (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General
(uncredited)
from "The Pirates of Penzance"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Played by band at Wessex Hotel
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Quite funny
19 January 1999 | by suelyonSee all my reviews

For a '62 film, it's a great parady of detective films,as well as the great wheelchair scene at the end.Great mystery,Kim Novak and Jack Lemmon had paired before and did well.


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