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Connecting Rooms (1970)

Not Rated | | Drama | May 1970 (USA)
Explores the relationships shared by the residents of a seedy boarding house in London.

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Franklin Gollings

Writers:

Franklin Gollings, Marion Hart (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Wanda Fleming
Michael Redgrave ... James Wallraven
Alexis Kanner ... Mickey Hollister
Kay Walsh ... Mrs. Brent
Leo Genn ... Dr. Norman
Olga Georges-Picot ... Claudia
Richard Wyler ... Dick Grayson
Mark Jones Mark Jones ... Johnny
Gabrielle Drake ... Jean
Brian Wilde ... Ellerman
John Woodnutt ... Doctor
Tony Hughes Tony Hughes ... Lew
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Maxwell ... Principal of Art College
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Explores the relationships shared by the residents of a seedy boarding house in London owned by dour Mrs. Brent. Among them are busker Wanda Fleming, who is flattered by the attention paid her by rebellious pop songwriter wannabe Mickey Hollister, and former schoolmaster James Wallraven, who has been accused of pedophilia and reduced to working as a janitor in an art gallery. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chambres communicantes See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayswater, London, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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When Bette Davis is playing the cello outside the theater, the marquee advertises "Margo Channing in 'Remembrance'." Margo Channing is the name of the character Davis played in All About Eve (1952), an actress who was appearing in a Broadway play called "Remembrance". See more »

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References All About Eve (1950) See more »

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WHAT HAPPENS TO HER
Music & Lyrics by Joan Shakespeare & Derek Warne
Sung by Eyes of Blue (as The Eyes of Blue)
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Damp Davis, capable Kanner
18 December 2002 | by F Gwynplaine MacIntyreSee all my reviews

‘Connecting Rooms' is a bleak chamber drama, similar in mood and setting to ‘Separate Tables' but nowhere near so interesting as that film. I'm not aware that ‘Connecting Rooms' was ever released anywhere: I saw it at a trade screening, and not one of the cinema exhibitors in the audience showed any interest in booking this movie … despite the box-office value of Bette Davis and Michael Redgrave.

James Wallraven (Redgrave) is a schoolmaster who has been dismissed for sexual misconduct with one of his students: the script is careful to let us know that Wallraven was unfairly accused (unlike the equivalent character in ‘Separate Tables', played by David Niven in his Oscar-winning performance). The disgraced Wallraven lives in a dilapidated rooming house in Bayswater, hoping that no one here will learn his shameful secret. He meets Wanda Fleming, a repressed cellist (Davis). This film was based on a (flop) stage play called ‘The Cellist', and Davis's role is clearly the central character in this film. A tentative relationship develops between Wallraven and Wanda.

Wanda's student is a scruffy young man named Mickey Hollister (Alexis Kanner), who lusts for fame as a songwriter. Mickey also lusts for Wanda, even though he's a lot younger and better-looking than she is. Jealous that Wanda is giving her attentions to Wallraven, Mickey reveals Wallraven's secret … without revealing that Wallraven is innocent.

This whole thing is a soap opera. Leo Genn and Kay Walsh give good performances in supporting roles. Redgrave's role would have been much more interesting (and his performance more challenging) if his character had actually been guilty of the sex crime. By far, the best performance on offer here is Alexis Kanner's. Although Kanner is an extremely pretentious actor, he's also a very physical actor who takes risks. In many of his TV and film roles, what Kanner does onscreen is wrong … but he nearly always does something interesting and unexpected. He's vital, virile and primally evil as the covetous Hollister. If Kanner had channelled his talents more intelligently, and disciplined himself, he could have been the British version of James Dean.

At the end of the film, Bette Davis and Michael Redgrave walk past a theatre poster for a play starring an actress named Margo Channing (the character Davis played in ‘All About Eve'). This wasn't a very good in-joke, as it reminds us of a film that's much better than ‘Connecting Rooms', in which Bette Davis gives a much better performance than she does here. I'll reluctantly rate this movie 2 points out of 10.


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