Love Among the Ruins (film)

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Love Among the Ruins
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Genre Comedy
Drama
Romance
Written by James Costigan
Directed by George Cukor
Starring Katharine Hepburn
Laurence Olivier
Music by John Barry
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Allan Davis
Production location(s) St. Pancras Station, St. Pancras, London, England
Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Editor(s) John F. Burnett
Running time 100 minutes
Production company(s) ABC Circle Films
Distributor ABC
Release
Original network ABC
Original release March 6, 1975 (1975-03-06)

Love Among the Ruins is a 1975 American made-for-television romantic comedy film directed by George Cukor and starring Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier which premiered on ABC on March 6, 1975.[1]

Plot[edit]

The story is set in 1911, at the end of the Edwardian period. Jessica Medlicott is an aging grande dame, formerly an actress of the London theatre, accused of having met, courted, promised marriage to, and then jilted and abandoned her suitor. The much-younger ex-fiancé then files suit, seeking £50,000 in damages for the breach of promise by her. She retains the greatest barrister in the empire, Sir Arthur Granville-Jones, to defend her. He is incidentally also a man she seduced and abandoned 40 years earlier, but who has remained hopelessly in love with her ever since.

Cast[edit]

Hepburn and Olivier filming Love Among the Ruins (1975)
  • Katharine Hepburn as Jessica Medlicott[2]
  • Laurence Olivier as Sir Arthur Granville-Jones
  • Colin Blakely as J. F. Devine
  • Richard Pearson as Druce
  • Joan Sims as Fanny Pratt
  • Leigh Lawson as Alfred Pratt
  • Gwen Nelson as Hermione Davis
  • Robert Harris as The Judge
  • Peter Reeves as Maiden
  • John Blythe as Tipstaff
  • Arthur Hewlett as The Usher
  • John Dunbar as Clerk of the Court
  • Iain Sinclair as Pratt's Solicitor
  • Mervyn Pascoe as Barrister
  • Colin Thomas as Barrister
  • Lincoln Wright as Barrister
  • Edward Arthur as Barrister
  • John Bromley as Barrister
  • Leslie Southwick as Barrister
  • Stanley Platts as Foreman of the Jury
  • Philip Lennard as Reporter
  • Peter Lund as Reporter
  • Frank Forsyth as Jessop
  • John G. Heller as Head Waiter
  • Rosamond Burne as Woman Spectator
  • Coral Fairweather as Woman Spectator
  • Jacqueline Clarke as Miss Pratt
  • T. C. Hogan as Teplow

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Name Result
1975
Peabody Award Area of Excellence - ABC Theatre Love Among the Ruins Won
1975
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Special - Drama or Comedy Love Among the Ruins Nominated
1975
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Directing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy George Cukor Won
1975
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy Katharine Hepburn Won
1975
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy Laurence Olivier Won
1975
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Writing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy - Original Teleplay James Costigan Won
1975
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design Margaret Furse Won
1975
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction or Scenic Design Carmen Dillon (art director) Won
1975
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction or Scenic Design Tessa Davies (set decorator) Won

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