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The L-Shaped Room (1962)

A single, pregnant woman moves into a London boarding house where she meets a group of fellow misfits.

Director:

Bryan Forbes

Writers:

Lynne Reid Banks (novel), Bryan Forbes (written for the screen by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Caron ... Jane Fosset
Anthony Booth ... Youth in Street
Avis Bunnage Avis Bunnage ... Doris
Patricia Phoenix Patricia Phoenix ... Sonia
Verity Edmett Verity Edmett ... Jane II
Tom Bell ... Toby
Cicely Courtneidge Cicely Courtneidge ... Mavis
Harry Locke ... Newsagent
Ellen Dryden ... Girl in Newsagent's
Emlyn Williams ... Dr. Weaver
Jennifer White Jennifer White ... Monica
Brock Peters ... Johnny
Gerry Duggan Gerry Duggan ... Bert
Joan Ingram Joan Ingram ... Woman in Park
Mark Eden ... Terry
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Storyline

Jane, a young French woman, pregnant and unmarried, takes a room in a seedy London boarding house, which is inhabited by an assortment of misfits. She considers getting an abortion, but is unhappy with this solution. She falls into a relationship with Toby, a struggling young writer who lives on the first floor. Eventually she comes to like her odd room, and makes friends with all the strange people in the house. But she still faces two problems: what to do with her baby, and what to do with Toby. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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"Sex is not a forbidden word!"

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El cuarto indiscreto See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A very young Paula Prentiss was offered the leading role of "Jane" by Director Bryan Forbes, but they would not work together until The Stepford Wives (1975). See more »

Goofs

About one hour into the film, when Toby and Jane are sitting on her bed talking, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible moving on the wall behind them. See more »

Quotes

Toby: I sold an article last week: "How to Make Friends With Your Dog and Influence People."
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Soundtracks

Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty
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Written by A.J. Mills, Fred Godfrey & Bennett Scott
Sung by Cicely Courtneidge
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Viva Brahms!
31 August 2006 | by piktor7778See all my reviews

I was a tender 14 years old in 1962, when I accompanied my mentor (my high school Spanish teacher) to an art house movie theater in Greenwich Village to see this film. My only previous encounter with Leslie Caron had been in the wonderfully entertaining film "Gigi". I must say, this two hour spectacle of unrelieved misery came as quite a shock to me. I left the theater thinking I had just seen the most depressing film I had ever seen in my life. And yet...I loved it! In fact, I felt very grown up at having survived it. This would not have been possible without the aid of the movie's soundtrack, Brahm's Piano Concerto No.1, which my astonished ears heard for the first time that evening. I've been in love with that piece--and with Brahms--ever since.


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