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The Notorious Landlady [DVD] [1962]

3.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Fred Astaire, Lionel Jeffries, Estelle Winwood
  • Directors: Richard Quine
  • Format: Mono, PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, German, Italian, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002X7OXE2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,498 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Eminently versatile, two-time Oscar® winner Jack Lemmon (1973, Best Actor, Save the Tiger; 1955, Best Supporting Actor, Mister Roberts) was an actor’s actor – the sort who made it look easy as he lit up the screen in everything from powerful dramas to irresistible comedies. The Notorious Landlady is an engaging mix of larceny and laughs when an American diplomat and his alluring London landlady stumble into a caper filled with stolen jewels, murder and comedy mayhem!

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Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon and Fred Astaire star in this wonderfully entertaining 1960s comedy mystery set in London. When young William Gridley (Jack Lemmon) arrives in London to start work under diplomat Franklyn Ambruster (Fred Astaire) he rents an apartment from the lovely Carly Hardwicke (Kim Novak)--unaware that the police suspect her of having poisoned her husband. When Carly’s missing husband mysteriously reappears…and then is murdered…a neighbour helps her escape a murder charge. But then the trouble really starts…

Directed by Richard Quine (Bell, Book and Candle) and with a witty, stylish script by Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther) and Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H), The Notorious Landlady is a sparkling comedy with one of the funniest finales ever filmed.

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It's nice to see films like this being made available on DVD. Not a great film by any means but certainly a reasonably amusing one and interesting if only for the stars involved. Jack Lemmon was in his comic prime before he began to take himself too seriously; Kim Novak was at her sultry best (her scene in the bath is the one image that stayed with me over the years); Fred Astaire is okay if somewhat miscast; and there is a stalwart British supporting cast with Lionel Jeffries being the obvious standout.

The film is a kind of comedy/mystery set in pre-Swinging Sixties London. Occasionally, the convoluted mystery gets in the way of the comedy but veteran director Richard Quine does his best to keep the proper balance. The script tends to be the weak link and I suspect there were more writers involved than the credited Larry Gelbart and Blake Edwards. In fact, I also suspect it was Edwards' contributions that produced the uneven nature of the script, especially the slapstick chase scene at the end which seems to belong to another film altogether.

Still, there is much to enjoy in The Notorious Landlady, especially for fans of Jack Lemmon and Kim Novak. It could have been better - it could have been a lot worse. I was quite glad to see it again after all these years and will probably be tempted to have another look at it from time to time.

One more thing: The DVD case says the film is in colour. It's not - it's in glorious black and white which suits the style and setting of the film.
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It is rare that you can say you love a film as much on seeing it on DVD as you did when you originally saw it at the cinema, particularly when the original showing was in 1962.

But, in the case of Notorious Landlady, that was the case. Kim Novak is as beautiful, Jack Lemmon as funny and, even if the stars themselves expressed themselves puzzled as to the story, it just doesn't matter.

This is a superb film, for many years forgotten and its appearance on DVD is a pleasure.

A brilliant film.
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I'm a big fan of Jack Lemon and I bought this as I'd never seen it. I know why now? Weak script, daft antics and overall a real let down.
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Disappointed with film
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An enjoyable film, if rather slow in getting to the final denouement of the lot.
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DVD didn't work&i tried it on 3different dvd players
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