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The Notorious Landlady (1962)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery | April 1962 (Austria)
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An American junior diplomat in London rents a house from, and falls in love with, a woman suspected of murder.


Richard Quine


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


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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Did You Know?


Jack Lemmon's father appears in the movie in a non-speaking role. See more »


When Jake Lemmon's character runs up the stairs to confront Kim Novak's character after the trial (at app. 1 hr. 20 min), he brushes his left hand across the square column on the landing and the obviously wet stain or paint smears. See more »


Franklyn Ambruster: He just started work today.
Police Sgt. Dillings: Well, let's hope he shows up tomorrow.
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Crazy Credits

Miss Novak's gowns designed by... Herself See more »


Referenced in Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) See more »


I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General
from "The Pirates of Penzance"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Played by band at Wessex Hotel
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pretty good but gets crazy in the end
18 October 2009 | by jimakrosSee all my reviews

This movie is not bad at all,not one of Lemmon's best by any stretch of the imagination but it has some funny situations and its likable for the most part.Near the ending it gets completely out of hand and instead of comedy-mystery which is the most part,it becomes mad slapstick for no apparent reason.Is like someone told the scriptwriter that a Lemmon movie should be crazier than what they had up to that point.Anyway,its kinda weird this way from that point on but you get to smile and the stars are all likable.Novak is at her sexiest, even in B&W!!Funny role for Astaire who was at his second career by that time,plays a manipulating official at the American Embassy in London with an eye for Novak.

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April 1962 (Austria) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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