Woman of Straw

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Released 1964

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Director:
Basil Dearden
Released:
1964
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Woman of Straw is a murder mystery about a rich and unpleasant tycoon that winds up dead. Charles Richmond (Ralph Richardson) is an enormously wealthy and even more enormously unpleasant old man, bound to a wheelchair, and constantly treating those around him very poorly. With dollar signs in his eyes, nephew Anthony (Sean Connery) expects to receive a large chuck of change as an inheritance, but when he finds out that his miserable uncle plans to leave him high and dry, the greedy heir enlists Charles' nurse Maria (Gina Lollobrigida) to help him get the money through other, less admirable means. Although she is reluctant to help at first, Anthony turns up the charm and convinces Maria to get on board, but when the old man is killed and it is not part of the plan, suddenly no one can be trusted. Basil Dearden directs this classic mystery movie, starring Connery early on in his storied career.
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    Classics, Film Noir, Crime