Lady L is an elegant, elderly lady who recalls the past loves and lusty adventures she has lived through.


Peter Ustinov


Romain Gary (novel), Peter Ustinov





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Lady Louise Lendale / Lady L
Paul Newman ... Armand Denis
David Niven ... Dicky, Lord Lendale
Marcel Dalio ... Sapper (as Dalio)
Cecil Parker ... Sir Percy
Philippe Noiret ... Ambroise Gérôme
Jacques Dufilho ... Bealu
Eugene Deckers ... Koenigstein
Daniel Emilfork ... Kobeleff
Hella Petri Hella Petri ... Madam
Jean Wiener Jean Wiener ... Krajewski
Roger Trapp Roger Trapp ... L'inspecteur de police Dubaron
Jean Rupert Jean Rupert
Joe Dassin ... Un inspecteur de police
Jacques Legras ... Un inspecteur de police


Today Lady Louise Lendale (Sophia Loren) is eighty-years-old and she tells her long time admirer, British poet Sir Percy (Cecil Parker), all about her eventful life. In the beginning, she was a young laundress working in "Le Mouton Bleu", a renowned Paris whorehouse. There, she met Armand (Paul Newman), both a charming man and a bomb-throwing anarchist, and it wasn't long before she became his mistress. One day, while Armand was away in Switzeland, working for a revolutionary movement aiming to murder a Russian Prince, Louise met the second man in her life, a British Lord she soon called Dicky (David Niven). The latter offered to marry her. In exchange, he would save Armand from the police's grip. She accepted on the condition she could still see Armand. Written by Guy Bellinger

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SOPHIA LOREN + PAUL NEWMAN + DAVID NIVEN go from Pleasure Palace . . . to Royal Palace . . . See more »




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This was the first of the many English-language movies made by French star Philippe Noiret (Ambroise Gérôme). However, although he spoke English extremely well, he was dubbed in this movie (by Writer and Director Sir Peter Ustinov). See more »


Lady Louise Lendale: Are you a professional painter?
Dicky, Lord Lendale: No, I'm a professional Duke. Which means that I'm an amateur at everything else. Lendale's the name, Dicky Lendale.
Lady Louise Lendale: Enchanted. I am the Countess of Camõens.
Dicky, Lord Lendale: Camõens! Ah, the great Portuguese poet!
Lady Louise Lendale: He was my husband.
Dicky, Lord Lendale: And you're still in mourning? What devotion. He died in 1580.
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Crazy Credits

The part of LENDALE CASTLE was played by CASTLE HOWARD, Yorkshire, thanks to the kindness of Mr. George HOWARD. See more »


Referenced in Hawk: The Man Who Owned Everyone (1966) See more »


Prélude N° 15
in D flat minor" (uncredited)
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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Moments of Quality Surrounded By Silliness
26 August 2014 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

This film is not rated very highly, but the reviews here are mostly positive. Perhaps that is due to the enjoyment people receive seeing older films with actors they enjoy.

Sophia Loren plays Lady Lendale, an octogenarian recounting some memories from her wacky past. She had been married to Lord Lendale (David Niven) until his death in 1924. Before that she was involved with Armand Denis (Paul Newman), an anarchist whose only goal in life was to destroy things owned by those with money or position.

The portion of the film that starts with the meeting of Lord and Lady L is enjoyable. Niven plays a unique character. He seeks love, and desires a woman who is not the usual society bore. Loren, as she opens to his strange concept of love, is an interesting foil to his intelligent perspective. Their relationship is the highlight of the film.

Newman is out of place here, filling a silly role. After Lord L leaves the story, things devolve into a pointless collection of sight gags, on par with "The Apple Dumpling Gang".

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Release Date:

17 December 1965 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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