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The L-Shaped Room (1962)

A single, pregnant woman moves into a London boarding house where she meets a group of fellow misfits.

Director:

Bryan Forbes

Writers:

Lynne Reid Banks (based on an original novel by), Bryan Forbes (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Caron ... Jane
Anthony Booth ... Youth in Street
Avis Bunnage Avis Bunnage ... Doris
Patricia Phoenix Patricia Phoenix ... Sonia
Verity Edmett Verity Edmett ... Jane II
Tom Bell ... Toby
Cicely Courtneidge Cicely Courtneidge ... Mavis
Harry Locke ... Newsagent
Ellen Dryden ... Girl in Newsagent's
Emlyn Williams ... Dr. Weaver
Jennifer White Jennifer White ... Monica
Brock Peters ... Johnny
Gerry Duggan Gerry Duggan ... Bert
Joan Ingram Joan Ingram ... Woman in Park
Mark Eden ... Terry
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Storyline

Jane, a young French woman, pregnant and unmarried, takes a room in a seedy London boarding house, which is inhabited by an assortment of misfits. She considers getting an abortion, but is unhappy with this solution. She falls into a relationship with Toby, a struggling young writer who lives on the first floor. Eventually she comes to like her odd room, and makes friends with all the strange people in the house. But she still faces two problems: what to do with her baby, and what to do with Toby. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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"Sex is not a forbidden word!"

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El cuarto indiscreto See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A very young Paula Prentiss was offered the leading role of "Jane" by Director Bryan Forbes, but they would not work together until The Stepford Wives (1975). See more »

Goofs

The first floor light goes out by itself (as it does often due to the faulty switch) twice as Jane goes from Toby's room up to hers, looking for him. See more »

Quotes

Toby: I sold an article last week: "How to Make Friends With Your Dog and Influence People."
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Connections

Referenced in The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Square-Shaped Room (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty
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Written by A.J. Mills, Fred Godfrey & Bennett Scott
Sung by Cicely Courtneidge
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Forgotten, but marvelous
21 June 1999 | by Patsy-9See all my reviews

It's a shame this film has been all but forgotten. It's an excellent drama and character study, and features a career best performance from Leslie Caron, as an unwed pregnant French woman at a London boarding house. Though they all want her to get an abortion for various reasons, she refuses, and this forces them all to emerge from their shells and become a framework of friendship and love. The ending is sad, and just about perfect. The fact that time has neglected it is a true shame.


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