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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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Taglines:

Everything Happens In The Yellow Rolls Royce!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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

The Rolls-Royce used in the film was a pale blue 1930 Phantom II Sedanca de Ville, which MGM technicians covered with twenty coats of yellow paint; a few coats of black were added to the top of the hood, the roof, and the wings. See more »

Goofs

When Gerda Millett crosses the border into Yugoslavia, the border guard tells her he hopes Roosevelt is elected to a 4th term as president. This scene happens before the German invasion of Yugoslavia, 1941. Roosevelt was still in his second term. This can be seen as the Yugoslavian guard being mistaken, unfamiliar with another country's details; Gerda indeed seems aghast at hearing it. See more »

Quotes

Mae Jenkins: [Looking indifferently at the leaning tower of Pisa] So it leans. So a lot of things lean.
Paolo Maltese: [Turning to Mae] You ever heard of Galileo, maybe?
Mae Jenkins: Sure I have heard of Galileo.
Paolo Maltese: [Turning to Joey] She ever heard of Galileo?
Joey Friedlander: Nah...
Paolo Maltese: Five-six hundred years ago, this Galileo dropped two stones off that tower, one big one, and one little one.
Mae Jenkins: So?
Paolo Maltese: So he proved the law of gravity or somethin'. I don't know.
Mae Jenkins: And brained a couple of citizens, maybe. Big deal.
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Forget Domani
Words by Norman Newell
Music by Riz Ortolani
Performed by Katina Ranieri
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A beautiful, roomy yellow Rolls Royce provides the set for three diverse stories, all of which are a treat to watch!
29 August 2006 | by edwardscampbellSee all my reviews

What a visual treat to see the scenery of Europe, along with the acting talents of some of my very favorite performers! Three couples own a fabulous car over a period of years, each with a story worth telling. Rex Harrison presents a touching, surprisingly sympathetic husband who loves his wife too much. Jeanne Moreau is the cheating wife, probably the weakest female of the three. In act two, Shirley MacLaine shines as the gangster moll with a heart, who falls in love with the impossibly gorgeous Alain Delon. George C. Scott plays a part totally unlike any of his others, and Art Carney is a sweet cameo.I especially loved the final act of the trio, when aristocratic Ingrid Bergman, in a multi-layered performance, helps resistance fighter Omar Sharif (I could watch him brush his teeth for two hours!) transport his colleagues to safety in Yugoslavia during WWII. The car is almost a character in itself, as is Bergman's little dog, who plays her part with gusto. I especially loved the comedic moments so beautifully played by Ms. Bergman. She and Sharif make a gorgeous, sensitive couple, and are eye candy for those of us who love fanciful, impossible love affairs. A wonderful film for a rainy afternoon.


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