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


Bryan Forbes


Lynne Reid Banks (based on an original novel by), Bryan Forbes (written for the screen by)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





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 ... Mavis
Harry Locke 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


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!"


Drama | Romance


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Opening credits: The events and characters depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead is coincidental. See more »


When Toby is in Jane's room for the first time, he picks up a bottle of wine, trying to get her to offer him some. He crosses the room and sets the bottle down on the mantle to the right of a vase, but, in the next shot, the bottle is on the left of the vase. See more »


Toby: I sold an article last week: "How to Make Friends With Your Dog and Influence People."
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Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty
Written by A.J. Mills, Fred Godfrey and Bennett Scott
Sung by Cicely Courtneidge
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My brief review of the film
27 September 2005 | by sol-See all my reviews

A very unusual but also very compelling and fascinating film, there is little given plot to it, with events occurring without any warning, and this actually makes it rather exciting as one never knows exactly what to expect from it. The directing work by Forbes is simply beautiful, with attention to shadows, lighting and camera angles, plus some effective close-ups. The extent of the unpredictability is a little over-the-top, and it is not the most satisfying film out there, especially at a rather generous two-hour length. However, for something different for a change, this is top quality film-making, helped out also by an Oscar nominated performance by Leslie Caron, who is dazzlingly believable in the main role.

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Release Date:

20 November 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The L-Shaped Room See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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