Woman of Straw
|Woman of Straw|
original movie poster
|Directed by||Basil Dearden|
|Produced by||Michael Relph|
|Based on||novel La Femme de Paille by Catherine Arley|
|Music by||Norman Percival|
|Edited by||John D. Guthridge|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
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 1954 novel La Femme de paille 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 Maria 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. Gina Lollobrigida was reportedly "demanding and temperamental" during the filming, frequently clashing with Connery and director Dearden.
In a contemporary review in The New York Times, Eugene Archer wrote, "what could be more archaic than the sight of James Bond himself, Sean Connery, stalking glumly through the very type of old-fashioned thriller he usually mocks? That is exactly what we have in "Woman of Straw," and you can be certain that Mr. Connery did not look one bit more unhappy than yesterday's audience at the Criterion, where the hapless British film crept into town. For, despite the fancy trappings laid on by the respected old producer-director team of Michael Relph and Basil Dearden, this handsomely colored exercise is the kind of pseudo-Victorian nonsense that Alfred Hitchcock long ago laid to rest"; while more recently, Steve Lewis in Mystery File noted, "Most of professional reviews have been negative (Variety and so on), but with one tiny qualification on my part, in my opinion most of the professional reviews are wrong. If you are a fan of detective fiction and if you ever come across a copy of this movie, by all means, don't hesitate. Snap it up at once."
- "Woman of Straw (1964)".
- Goble, Alan (1 January 1999). "The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film". Walter de Gruyter – via Google Books.
- Burton, Alan; O'Sullivan, Tim (2009). The Cinema of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph. Edinburgh University Press. p. 290. ISBN 978-0-7486-3289-3.
- "» Movie Review – WOMAN OF STRAW (1964)". mysteryfile.com.
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