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The L-Shaped Room (Columbia 1962, Leslie Caron, Tom Bell)



Leslie Caron (Gigi, An American in Paris) earned one of her two Academy Award nominations for her role in The L Shaped Room as a young French woman living on her own in low-rent London. Jane (Caron), secretly pregnant from the boyfriend she left behind, moves into a London boarding house where her colorful neighbors become a new community of support and struggle for her.

She falls into a romance with failed writer Toby (Tom Bell), who himself has a secret admirer in Johnny (Brock Peters), while her lesbian neighbor Mavis (Cicely Courtneidge) tries to offer advice. Everyone assumes that Jane will get an abortion, but her willful independence and self-assertive refusal to listen to others leads her into more problems that she counted on.

production details
Country:  UK / Columbia / 124 minutes
Release Year: 1962

Writer and Director: Bryan Forbes
Producers: Richard Attenborough, James Woolf
Original Story: Lynne Reid Banks
Director of Photography: Douglas Slocombe
Editor: Anthony Harvey
Composer: John Barry

Leslie Caron as Jane Fosset
Tom Bell as Toby
Patricia Phoenix as Sonia
Cicely Courtneidge as Mavis
Verity Edmett as Jane II
Tony Booth as Youth in Street
Bernard Lee as Charlie
Joan Ingram as Woman in Park
Mark Eden as Terry
Gerald Sim as Doctor in Hospital
Harry Locke as Newsagent
Brock Peters as Johnny
Nanette Newman as Girl at End
Emlyn Williams as Dr. Weaver
Kay Walsh as Prostitute (uncredited)
Avis Bunnage as Doris
Diane Clare as Nurse
Ellen Dryden as Girl in Newsagent’s
Jennifer White as Monica
Gerry Duggan as Bert
Stanley Morgan as Waiter in Club
Pamela Sholto as Nurse
Ruth Burns as Nurse
Arthur White as Milkman

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