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The Yellow Rolls-Royce Details


In this drama, from director Anthony Asquith, the lives and stories of three different people are linked together by their possession of an unusual car, a yellow Rolls Royce Phantom II. Lord Frinton (Rex Harrison) is a diplomat who purchases the exquisite auto as a gift for his wife (Jeanne Moreau). After Frinton's horse wins the Royal Gold Cup, Lady Frinton incurs the Lord's wrath when she is caught in the back seat of the Rolls with his underling John Fane (Edmund Purdom). In the 1930s, the car is bought by Italian gangster Paolo Maltese (George C. Scott), who is carrying on with the hatcheck girl Mae Jenkins (Shirley MacLaine). The two take a tour of Italy and see all the historic sights, but Mae is less than impressed. While Paolo is in the United States on one of his frequent hit-man assignments, Mae and a street photographer try out the back seat for comfort and carnal pleasure. Art Carney plays Paolo's associate Joey. In the final episode, Gerda Millett (Ingrid Bergman) is the married American woman who buys the car in 1942. With Hitler attacking Yugoslavia the brave and brazen beauty helps fight the Nazis by smuggling Davich (Omar Shariff) across the border, and this duo also find themselves in the back seat for a roll in the Rolls. Davich shows his gratitude by shipping the car along with Gerda back to the United States. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Norman Newell Best Original Song 1965 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Riz Ortolani Best Original Song 1965 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Riz Ortolani Best Original Score 1965 Nominee


Rex Harrison
as Marquess of Frinton
Jeanne Moreau
as Marchioness Eloise of Frinton
Shirley MacLaine
as Mae Jenkins
Edmund Purdom
as John Fane
Moira Lister
as Lady Angela St. Simeon
George C. Scott
as Paolo Maltese
Isa Miranda
as Duchesse D'Angouleme
Ingrid Bergman
as Gerda Millett
Omar Sharif
as Davich
Roland Culver
as Norwood
Michael Hordern
as Harmsworth
Lance Percival
as Assistant Car Salesman
Alain Delon
as Stefano
Art Carney
as Joey Friedlander
Riccardo Garrone
as Bomba
Joyce Grenfell
as Hortense Astor
Wally Cox
as Ferguson
Reginald Beckwith
Carlo Croccolo
as Mrs. Millett's Chauffeur
Andrea Malandrinos
as Hotel Manager
Richard Vernon
Richard Pearson
as Osborn
Gregoire Aslan
as Albanian Ambassador
Martin Miller
as Headwaiter
Andrea Malandrinos
as Hotel Manager
Richard Pearson
as Osborn
Carlo Croccolo
as Mrs. Millett's Chauffeur
Gregoire Aslan
as Albanian Ambassador


Anthony Asquith
Anatole de Grunwald
Terence Rattigan
Jack Hildyard
Riz Ortolani
Composer (Music Score)
Riz Ortolani
Norman Newell
William Kellner
Art Director
Vincent Korda
Art Director
Roy Parkinson
Associate Producer
Pamela Cornell
Set Designer
Anthony Mendleson
Costume Designer
Pierre Cardin
Costume Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Gene Coffin
Costume Designer
Kip Gowans
First Assistant Director
Austin Dempster
Camera Operator
Gerry Fisher
Camera Operator
Timothy Burrill
Production Manager
John O'Gorman