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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

Everything Happens In The Yellow Rolls Royce!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Film debut of Jonathan Cecil. 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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Featured in The Car That Became a Star (1965) See more »

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Forget Domani
Words by Norman Newell
Music by Riz Ortolani
Performed by Katina Ranieri
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a trio of vignettes
6 March 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This movie presents three stories one after the other, as we follow the fortunes of the first and subsequent owners of the yellow Rolls of the title. First, Rex Harrison buys it as a present for his erring wife, Jeanne Moreau. She uses an anniversary party to flaunt her boyfriend, Edmund Purdom. The car then makes its way into the hands of Mafiosi George C Scott and his moll Shirley MacLaine. She falls for French photographer Alain Delon (and who can blame her?). Finally, the car plays its part in international politics when Ingrid Bergman and Omar Sharif take it on a rescue mission.

Anthony Asquith's film survives because of its construction, using the car as a lynchpin for three very different stories, character combinations, and situations. The car remains the star (perhaps because of its colour) but there are enjoyable performances here too. It isn't a challenging or particularly exciting film, but helps to pass the time. Personally I find it a better British film centring on a car than the earlier Genevieve, but that might just be my own taste.


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