The Notorious Landlady

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Even the indomitable comic expertise of Jack Lemmon isn't enough to transform The Notorious Landlady into the laugh-out-loud farce-with-thrills that it is intended to be. Let's state right out that this is in no way the fault of Lemmon. He gives it his very best shot, and that's saying something indeed. He's in there, those eyebrows shooting up and mouth plunging down at the speed of light when something surprises him in an unpleasantly (for him) humorous (for us) way. His twitches, whether controlled or uncontrolled, are still a delight, and there's still no one who can quite match his unique timing. Lemmon's a gem here, but the screenplay treats him like a rhinestone. Yes, there are some funny parts in Larry Gelbart and Blake Edwards' screenplay, but there's also far too much filler; for every gag that lands, there are five or six that never even get off the ground, even with Lemmon flinging them about for all they're worth. Matters are not helped when Lemmon is pushed offscreen for the gorgeous but un-comedic Kim Novak. Novak requires very special handling in order to make comedy work; it simply doesn't come naturally to her. Her handling here, courtesy of director Richard Quine, is far from special. Fred Astaire is fine but wasted; coming off better are Estelle Winwood and Lionel Jeffries.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/4/2011
  • UPC: 043396361805
  • Original Release: 1962
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / B&W
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:03:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kim Novak Carlyle Hardwicke
Jack Lemmon William Gridley
Fred Astaire Franklyn Ambruster
Lionel Jeffries Inspector Oliphant
Estelle Winwood Mrs. Dunhill
Maxwell Reed Miles Hardwicke
Philippa Bevans Mrs. Brown
Henry Daniell Stranger
Ronald Long Coroner
Doris Lloyd Lady Fallott
Dick Crockett Carstairs
Scott Davey Henry
Jack Livesey Counsel
Cecil Weston Woman
Marjorie Bennett Autograph Seeker
Barry Bernard Attendant
Ross Brown Boy
Laurence Conroy Clerk
Thomas P. Dillon Coroner's Officer
Anthony Eustrel Man
Betty Fairfax Woman in Bathrobe
Alex Finlayson
Brian Gaffikin BBC anchorman
Jackson Halliday
Bryan Herbert Husband
David Hilary Hughes
Harold Innocent Young Escort
John Uhler Lemmon II Old Man in Wheelchair
Queenie Leonard Woman
James Logan Bobby
Eric Micklewood Man with a Hangover
Clive Morgan Man in Smoking Jacket
Mavis Neal
Ottola Nesmith Flower Lady
Tudor Owen Farmer
Joe Palma Reporter
Milton Parsons Mysterious Man
Richard Peel Dillings
George Pelling Ticket Agent
Mary Scott Waitress
Michael St. Clair Fire Chief
Towyna Thomas Dowager
Tom Symonds Alf
Cicely Walper
Gwendolyn Watts Wife
Nelson Welch Old Man
Frederic Worlock Elderly Colonel
Technical Credits
Richard Quine Director
Arthur E. Arling Cinematographer
Arthur W. Arling Cinematographer
Elizabeth Courtney Costumes/Costume Designer
Louis Diage Set Decoration/Design
George Duning Score Composer
Blake Edwards Screenwriter
Larry Gelbart Screenwriter
Ira Gershwin Songwriter
Sir William Schwenk Gilbert Songwriter
Kim Novak Costumes/Costume Designer
David Koehler Special Effects
Fred Kohlmar Producer
Ben Lane Makeup
Charles Nelson Editor
Cary O'Dell Art Director
Arthur Sullivan Songwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Notorious Landlady
1. Chapter 1 [5:14]
2. Chapter 2 [18:30]
3. Chapter 3 [4:31]
4. Chapter 4 [5:39]
5. Chapter 5 [12:40]
6. Chapter 6 [12:33]
7. Chapter 7 [4:30]
8. Chapter 8 [12:14]
9. Chapter 9 [6:24]
10. Chapter 10 [16:23]
11. Chapter 11 [7:23]
12. Chapter 12 [16:32]
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