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Woman of Straw

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Woman of Straw
Woman of Straw poster.jpg
Original film poster
Directed byBasil Dearden
Written byRobert Muller
Stanley Mann
Based onnovel La Femme de Paille by Catherine Arley
Produced byMichael Relph
StarringGina Lollobrigida
Sean Connery
Ralph Richardson
CinematographyOtto Heller
Edited byJohn D. Guthridge
Music byNorman Percival
Relph-Dearden Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
28 April 1964
Running time
122 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Woman of Straw is a 1964 crime thriller directed by Basil Dearden and starring Gina Lollobrigida and Sean Connery.[1] It was written by Robert Muller and Stanley Mann, adapted from the 1954 novel La Femme de paille by Catherine Arley.[2]


Playboy Tony Richmond (Connery) schemes to acquire the fortune of his uncle Charles Richmond (Richardson), a tyrannical, wheelchair-bound tycoon, by persuading Maria (Lollobrigida), the new personal nurse he has hired, to marry the old man. After his uncle's demise Maria becomes a murder suspect. Lollobrigida's character is the Woman of Straw of the title.



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.[3] 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 Dearden.[3]

Critical reception

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".[4] In a 2008 review, 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."[5]


  1. ^ "Woman of Straw (1964)".
  2. ^ Goble, Alan (1 January 1999). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110951943 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b Burton, Alan; O'Sullivan, Tim (2009). The Cinema of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph. Edinburgh University Press. p. 290. doi:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632893.001.0001. ISBN 978-0-7486-3289-3.
  4. ^ Archer, Eugene (1 October 1964). "Gina Lollobrigida Stars in 'Woman of Straw'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  5. ^ "» Movie Review – WOMAN OF STRAW (1964)".

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