Woman Of Straw

  • 1964
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

Connery is a man whose rich and crippled uncle, Richardson, has willed his entire fortune to charity, a fortune that Connery thinks should go to him. He hires nurse Lollobrigida to care for Richardson, enlisting her in his scheme to have Richardson marry her, change his will, and cut Connery in for $3 million. Things go according to plan, and Lollobrigida...read more

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Connery is a man whose rich and crippled uncle, Richardson, has willed his entire fortune to charity, a fortune that Connery thinks should go to him. He hires nurse Lollobrigida to care for Richardson, enlisting her in his scheme to have Richardson marry her, change his will, and cut

Connery in for $3 million. Things go according to plan, and Lollobrigida marries Richardson, but then she finds that she is actually rather fond of the old codger. Richardson dies suddenly on his yacht, and Connery tells Lollobrigida that unless she helps him get the body back to the house, he

will point the finger of accusation at her. She helps get the corpse ashore; but when she and Connery arrive at the house, the police are waiting and Lollobrigida is taken off to jail. A servant in the household, however, comes up with a tape recording of Connery committing the murder. In a

struggle for the tape, Connery tumbles down the stairs and is killed. Hardly a feather in the cap of anyone involved, the film starts out well enough, but the last half degenerates into complete implausibility. The ending is about as believable as the worst Victorian melodrama, and Richardson is

the only actor to come out of it unscathed-- perhaps because he dies before the film gets too ridiculous. Lollobrigida was reportedly rather difficult to work with and, when she walked onto the set for the first day of shooting, immediately began dictating to the director how she was to be shot.

Connery quickly stepped forward and told the imperious Italian: "Either he is directing the picture, or you are directing it. If it's you, I may not be in it." Lollobrigida simmered down and accepted the situation, but in light of the final result, letting her direct might not have been such a bad

idea; and Connery certainly couldn't have done his career much harm by walking out on this one.

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