The Yellow Rolls-Royce

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Overview

In this drama, from director Anthony Asquith, the lives and stories of three different people are linked together by their possession of an unusual car, a yellow Rolls Royce Phantom II. Lord Frinton Rex Harrison is a diplomat who purchases the exquisite auto as a gift for his wife Jeanne Moreau. After Frinton's horse wins the Royal Gold Cup, Lady Frinton incurs the Lord's wrath when she is caught in the back seat of the Rolls with his underling John Fane Edmund Purdom. In the 1930s, the car is bought by Italian ...
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Overview

In this drama, from director Anthony Asquith, the lives and stories of three different people are linked together by their possession of an unusual car, a yellow Rolls Royce Phantom II. Lord Frinton Rex Harrison is a diplomat who purchases the exquisite auto as a gift for his wife Jeanne Moreau. After Frinton's horse wins the Royal Gold Cup, Lady Frinton incurs the Lord's wrath when she is caught in the back seat of the Rolls with his underling John Fane Edmund Purdom. In the 1930s, the car is bought by Italian gangster Paolo Maltese George C. Scott, who is carrying on with the hatcheck girl Mae Jenkins Shirley MacLaine. The two take a tour of Italy and see all the historic sights, but Mae is less than impressed. While Paolo is in the United States on one of his frequent hit-man assignments, Mae and a street photographer try out the back seat for comfort and carnal pleasure. Art Carney plays Paolo's associate Joey. In the final episode, Gerda Millett Ingrid Bergman is the married American woman who buys the car in 1942. With Hitler attacking Yugoslavia the brave and brazen beauty helps fight the Nazis by smuggling Davich Omar Shariff across the border, and this duo also find themselves in the back seat for a roll in the Rolls. Davich shows his gratitude by shipping the car along with Gerda back to the United States.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Yellow Rolls-Royce is running on empty, but it's filled with so many stars and looks so beautiful that most viewers won't mind that the ride doesn't really get them anywhere. Terence Rattigan's screenplay takes "formulaic" to a new height; there's very little here that's original or even moderately surprising, and the dialogue is at times painfully obvious. Still, formulas by nature come with a framework and set of rules that guarantee a certain response, and by layering the formula with such a wide array of talent, Yellow comes out ahead of the game. Not that anyone is giving a career-height performance, mind you, but almost everyone is good. The major exception is Jeanne Moreau, who is surprisingly wooden. Shirley Maclaine's dumb-blonde moll is a matter of taste; some will find her annoying, others terribly funny. But few would fault Rex Harrison, Ingrid Bergman, Omar Sharif, or George C. Scott, and even those who find the film not to their taste will probably find it hard to take their eyes off of a very sexy Alain Delon. The best performance probably comes from Art Carney, whose work is relatively low-key and nicely calibrated. Jack Hildyard's lush cinematography is another plus, and the entire production is glossy and shows where the money went. For those looking for pretty but mindless entertainment, Yellow is a good bet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2009
  • UPC: 883929036226
  • Original Release: 1964
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered
  • Time: 2:02:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,943

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rex Harrison Marquess of Frinton
Jeanne Moreau Marchioness Eloise of Frinton
Shirley MacLaine Mae Jenkins
Edmund Purdom John Fane
Moira Lister Lady Angela St. Simeon
George C. Scott Paolo Maltese
Ingrid Bergman Gerda Millett
Isa Miranda Duchesse D'Angouleme
Roland Culver Norwood
Omar Sharif Davich
Michael Hordern Harmsworth
Lance Percival Assistant Car Salesman
Harold Scott Taylor
Alain Delon Stefano
Art Carney Joey Friedlander
Riccardo Garrone Bomba
Joyce Grenfell Hortense Astor
Wally Cox Ferguson
Gregoire Aslan Albanian Ambassador
Reginald Beckwith
Jacques Brunius Duc d'Angouleme
Carlo Croccolo Mrs. Millett's Chauffeur
Guy Deghy Mayor
Tom Gill
Dermot Kelly
Andrea Malandrinos Hotel Manager
Martin Miller Headwaiter
Richard Pearson Osborn
Richard Vernon
Technical Credits
Anthony Asquith Director
Timothy Burrill Production Manager
Pierre Cardin Costumes/Costume Designer
Antonio Castillo Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Clarke Editor
Gene Coffin Costumes/Costume Designer
Pamela Cornell Set Decoration/Design
Anatole de Grunwald Producer
Austin Dempster Camera Operator
Gerry Fisher Camera Operator
Kip Gowans Asst. Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
Tom Howard Special Effects
John Jarvis Set Decoration/Design
William Kellner Art Director
Vincent Korda Art Director
Anthony Mendleson Costumes/Costume Designer
Norman Newell Songwriter
John O'Gorman Makeup
Riz Ortolani Score Composer, Songwriter
Roy Parkinson Associate Producer
Terence Rattigan Screenwriter
Elliot Scott Art Director
Tom Smith Makeup
Tom Smith Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Yellow Rolls-Royce
1. Credits [2:04]
2. His Lordship's Purchase [3:40]
3. Weighty Affairs of State [3:58]
4. No Trouble at All [3:25]
5. Gift to an Ideal Wife [5:11]
6. Let Them Wonder [2:05]
7. Gold Cup Day [3:13]
8. Backseat View [4:58]
9. Unanswerable [5:39]
10. Car with Class [6:18]
11. Having Pisa [3:28]
12. Passenger for Florence [4:01]
13. Amoral Amore [5:29]
14. Bon Voyage, Boss [4:02]
15. Sirignano [3:21]
16. Forget Domani and Swim [1:31]
17. Caving to Attraction [2:01]
18. For Stefano's Sake [7:05]
19. Mae's Choice [3:56]
20. Of Service [3:09]
21. No Stopping Mrs. Millett [4:32]
22. Davich Hitches a Ride [1:53]
23. Dangerous Cargo [2:34]
24. Border Bravado [3:24]
25. What About My Martini? [4:05]
26. Emergency Aid Vehicle [3:44]
27. No Sentimental Gush [4:46]
28. Fully Loaded [4:57]
29. Bruised Hearts [6:17]
30. Cast List [3:12]
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Disc #1 -- Yellow Rolls-Royce
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      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Japanese
      Subtitles: English (For the Hearing Impaired)
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Japanese
      Subtitles: Thai
      Subtitles: Off
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