Woman of Straw
|Woman of Straw|
original movie poster
|Directed by||Basil Dearden|
|Produced by||Michael Relph|
|Written by||Robert Muller
|Music by||Norman Percival|
|Edited by||John D. Guthridge|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Running time||122 min.|
Woman of Straw is a 1964 British crime thriller starring Gina Lollobrigida and Sean Connery. It was directed by Basil Dearden and written by Robert Muller and Stanley Mann, adapted from the 1964 novel by Catherine Arley.
Connery's character Anthony Richmond schemes to get the fortune of his tyrannical, wheelchair-using tycoon uncle Charles Richmond (Richardson) by persuading Maria, a nurse he employs (Lollobrigida), to marry him. After his uncle's demise Anthony becomes a murder suspect. Lollobrigida's character is the Woman of Straw of the title.
- Gina Lollobrigida as Maria Marcello
- Sean Connery as Anthony 'Tony' Richmond
- Sir Ralph Richardson as Charles Richmond
- Alexander Knox as Detective Inspector Lomer
- Johnny Sekka as Thomas
- Laurence Hardy as Baynes, the butler
- Peter Madden as Yacht Captain
- Danny Daniels as Fenton
- Noel Howlett as Assistant Solicitor
The film was shot at Pinewood Studios, Audley End House in Saffron Walden, Essex and in Majorca in the Balearic Islands between August and October 1963. The Majorca footage, including much footage in a boat off the coast, was shot on location in September 1963. Brigida was reportedly "demanding and temperamental" during the filming, frequently clashing with Connery and director Dearden.
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