Woman of Straw

Woman of Straw

original movie poster
Directed by Basil Dearden
Produced by Michael Relph
Written by Robert Muller
Stanley Mann
Starring Gina Lollobrigida
Sean Connery
Ralph Richardson
Music by Norman Percival
Cinematography Otto Heller
Edited by John D. Guthridge
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
Running time
122 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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 1964 novel 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 Anthony 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.[1][1] 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.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 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.
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