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The Notorious Landlady (1962)





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This uneven farce by director Richard Quine has its hilarious and witty moments as American diplomat William Gridley (Jack Lemmon) inadvertently gets caught up in a jewel theft and mayhem. After William lands in London to take up his new position and get settled in his new digs, he becomes involved with his gorgeous landlady Carlye Hardwicke (Kim Novak). Carlye's husband is missing, and she is suspected of doing him in. But then he unexpectedly comes back home where an argument with Carlye over some jewels makes him as dead as everyone had assumed -- with her wielding the murder weapon. Carlye is eventually acquitted thanks to a witness who has designs on the jewels herself -- but the story is far from over. First there is an exciting helicopter ride and a wild chase to decide just who will end up with the loot.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Columbia Pictures Corporation

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Jack Lemmon
as William Gridley
Kim Novak
as Carlyle Hardwicke
Fred Astaire
as Franklyn Ambruster
Lionel Jeffries
as Inspector Oliphant
Estelle Winwood
as Mrs. Dunhill
Maxwell Reed
as Miles Hardwicke
Philippa Bevans
as Mrs. Brown
Henry Daniell
as Stranger
Ronald Long
as Coroner
Doris Lloyd
as Lady Fallott
Richard Peel
as Dillings
Florence Wyatt
as Ambruster's Secretary
Frederic Worlock
as Elderly Colonel
Dick Crockett
as Carstairs
Scott Davey
as Henry
Jack Livesey
as Counsel
Tom Dillon
as Coroner's Officer
David Hughes
as Old Man
Nelson Welch
as Old Man
Thomas P. Dillon
as Coroner's Officer
Mavis Neal
as Woman
Betty Fairfax
as Woman in Bathrobe
Clive Morgan
as Man in Smoking Jacket
Eric Micklewood
as Man with a Hangover
Mark Burke
as Little Girl
Ottola Nesmith
as Flower Lady
Milton Parsons
as Mysterious Man
Bru Mysak
as Ambruster's Driver
James Logan
as Bobby
Bryan Herbert
as Husband
Michael St. Clair
as Fire Chief
Mary Scott
as Waitress
Tudor Owen
as Farmer
Barry Bernard
as Attendant
Mary O'Brady
as Mrs. Oliphant
Towyna Thomas
as Dowager
Harold Innocent
as Young Escort
Marjorie Bennett
as Autograph Seeker
Alex Finlayson
as Reporter
Jackson Halliday
as Reporter
Joe Palma
as Reporter
Jacqueline Squire
as Woman Reporter
Brian Gaffikin
as TV Reporter
George Pelling
as Ticket Agent
John Uhler Lemmon II
as Old Man in Wheelchair
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Critic Reviews for The Notorious Landlady

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Poor Fred Astaire comes off the worst of all -- he's stuck as a fawning American embassy chief.

Full Review… | April 18, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Notorious Landlady


Odd film that succeeds at the occasional mood, helped by its foggy London setting. The film jumps from trying to be a mystery to at times being downright zany. The ending is somewhat amusing, however.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Started out great with some funny and exciting moments. Unfortunately it changes direction in the last act. It seems to have been written by someone else completely, as the tone goes from serious to slapstick. I still can't help but love Jack Lemmon in everything he does, and Kim Novak is always a vulnerable beauty. But it's Fred Astaire who steals the show in his scenes. Too bad it dropped the ball, the potential was certainly there.

Jakki Jelene
Jakki Jelene

Excellent cast in silly trifle of a film. The tone of the film is all over the place, first romantic comedy than suspense finally slapstick. Fred is a most welcome presence in his brief scenes.

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