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The Notorious Landlady (1962)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery | April 1962 (Austria)
An American junior diplomat in London rents a house from, and falls in love with, a woman suspected of murder.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writers:

Larry Gelbart (screenplay), Blake Edwards (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kim Novak ... Mrs. Carlyle 'Carly' Hardwicke
Jack Lemmon ... William 'Bill' Gridley
Fred Astaire ... Franklyn Ambruster
Lionel Jeffries ... Inspector Oliphant
Estelle Winwood ... Mrs. Dunhill
Maxwell Reed ... Miles Hardwicke
Philippa Bevans Philippa Bevans ... Mrs. Agatha Brown
Henry Daniell ... Stranger
Ronald Long ... Coroner
Richard Peel ... Police Sgt. Dillings
Doris Lloyd ... Lady Fallott
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Storyline

When William Gridley arrives from the US in London, he rents part of Carly Hardwicke's house from her and promptly begins to fall in love. Gridley doesn't know that many people think she killed her husband but his boss, on the American embassy staff, knows and doesn't take this "lapse of judgment" lightly. Since Carly is also American, Gridley saves his job by introducing her to his boss, who is promptly smitten and promises to help her. So when a Scotland Yard detective arrives, wanting to get to the truth one way or another, they say they'll help him. And then the comedic complications really begin. Written by Anonymous

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Did she...or did she? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1962 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Noch Zimmer frei See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sammy Fain and Mack David wrote a title song for the film and Fred Astaire recorded it on May 16, 1962, but it wasn't included in the final release version of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Jake Lemmon's character runs up the stairs to confront Kim Novak's character after the trial (at app. 1 hr. 20 min), he brushes his left hand across the square column on the landing and the obviously wet stain or paint smears. See more »

Quotes

Franklyn Ambruster: I'm hanging up as soon as I get my foot out of my mouth. Did I call you at an inopportune moment again?
William 'Bill' Gridley: Most inopportune, sir.
Franklyn Ambruster: Then you have my full permission to hang up on me.
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Crazy Credits

Miss Novak's gowns designed by... Herself See more »

Connections

Referenced in I've Got a Secret: Episode dated 9 April 1962 (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General
(uncredited)
from "The Pirates of Penzance"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Played by band at Wessex Hotel
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This is a movie well worth the viewing.
16 July 2005 | by bobschwarz27See all my reviews

This has got to be one of the funnest movies every produced. Jack Lemmon and Kim Novack are truly outstanding. Easy to follow with twist that keeps you guessing. Kim Novack is the attractive American landlady. Jack Lemmon is the Amertican diplomat. Together they make magic as the plot's twist and turns develop. This is a must see for Novack fans. If you like a good old fashion mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat. and laughing, this is the film to see. Fred Astarie also gives a very good performance. As Jack Lemmon's boss, he to is taken with the charm and beauty of Novack. The laughs keep coming as the the two of them, Lemmon and Astaire, do everything in there power to help Novack in her time of need. If you love Kim Novack, Jack Lemmon, and Fred Astaire than this movie is for you.


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