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The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 13 May 1965 (USA)
Anthology film about three owners of a yellow Rolls-Royce. A British diplomat buys the car for his French wife. A mobster's girlfriend has an affair in Italy. An American woman drives a Yugoslavian partisan to Ljubljana on the eve of the Nazi invasion.

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Anthony Asquith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingrid Bergman ... Gerda Millett
Rex Harrison ... Lord Charles Frinton - The Marquess of Frinton
Shirley MacLaine ... Mae Jenkins
Jeanne Moreau ... Lady Eloise Frinton - The Marchioness of Frinton
George C. Scott ... Paolo Maltese
Omar Sharif ... Davich
Alain Delon ... Stefano
Art Carney ... Joey Friedlander
Joyce Grenfell ... Hortense Astor
Edmund Purdom ... Fane
Michael Hordern ... Harnsworth
Lance Percival Lance Percival ... Assistant Car Salesman
Roland Culver ... Norwood
Moira Lister ... Lady Angela St. Simeon
Harold Scott ... Taylor
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Storyline

Three stories about the lives and loves of those who own a certain yellow Rolls-Royce: **First purchased by the Marquess of Frinton for his wife as a belated anniversary present, the Marchiness finds her own use for the vehicle, one which prompts her husband to sell the car in disgust. **Gangster Paolo Maltese's moll, Mae, thinks the Rolls is a "classy" car in which to tour Paolo's home town in Italy. When Paolo is called away to the U.S. to finish some "business", a bored Mae takes the Rolls-Royce on a spin through the country, enjoying both the sights and the handsome Italian photographer who crosses her path. **By the outbreak of World War II, the car has come into the possession of socialite Gerda Millet. While on her way to visit Yugoslavian royalty, Gerda and the Rolls-Royce become (at first) unwitting and then (eventually) most willing participants in the Yugoslavian fight. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Everything Happens In The Yellow Rolls Royce!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Rolls-Royce amarillo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,400,000, 31 December 1965

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,000,000, 1 September 1965
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A decade before his decidedly secondary role in this film, Edmund Purdom had signed a long-term contract with M-G-M and was being touted by Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper as "The most exciting new leading man of the year!" But then his highest profile (and most expensively budgeted) film The Egyptian bombed at the box office, and Purdom's private life began to be an issue - he openly admitted to having an extramarital affair with Linda Christian (the wife of Tyrone Power at the time). He was deemed to have "gone Hollywood" in record time, and soon returned to Europe, where his career lasted decades, but never achieved the real stardom those early years seemed to promise. See more »

Goofs

As the Rolls leaves the race track there is no wreath on the front but there is a wreath on the front as it pulls up to the mansion but it doesn't stop once on the way there to have the wreath put on the car. See more »

Quotes

The Marquess of Frinton: Oh Osborn!
Osborn: Yes My lord.
The Marquess of Frinton: Have the motorcar returned to Hoopers. It displeases me.
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Referenced in Ingrid Bergman Remembered (1996) See more »

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Forget Domani
Words by Norman Newell
Music by Riz Ortolani
Performed by Katina Ranieri
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Yellowish
5 January 2005 | by filmquestintSee all my reviews

After the success of "The V.I.P.s" the year before, Anthony Asquith and Terence Rattigan are at it again with uneven results. The excuse this time is a Rolls Royce that passes hands from star to star. It is a formula used before many times, most successfully in Julian Duvivier's "Tales of Manhattan" in which a dinner jacket plays an important part in the destinies of Edward G Robinson, Charles Laughton, Henry Fonda and Paul Robson among others. More recently the formula was used by John Badham in his "The Gun" and then Martin Donovan in the lyrically powerful "Seeds of Tragedy" in which the Rolls Royce there is cocaine. Terence Rattigan was master at dialogue and his characters tended to move in confined spaces, take "Separated Tables" for instance. In "The Yellow Rolls Royce" we travel from England to Italy to Eastern Europe and the only confinement Rattigan finds for his characters is the interior of the luxury car. On the first segment, Rex Harrison and Jeanne Moreau show Rattigan at his best, they are great fun to watch. Harrison, playing a big shot at the foreign office, does wonderful things with Rattigan's words. On the second episode Shirley MacLaine and Art Cartney are lovely as a gangster's moll and her minder but the Italo-American gangster, as played by George C Scott, is so over the top that, practically, sinks the whole little segment. French star Alain Delon plays an Italian gigolo of sorts. He is beautiful to look at but hopeless at delivering Rattigan's lines. On the third episode Ingrid Bergman plays Ingrid Bergman, beautifully and Omar Shariff plays Omar Shariff, just as beautifully. Joyce Grenfell plays a cameo as Bergman's companion, as usually, when she's on, she steals the scene. As you may have gathered, this is the kind of picture that one would enjoy the most on a rainy Sunday afternoon. That in itself is a recommendation.


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