The Yellow Rolls-Royce

Synopsis: Three stories about the lives and loves of those who own a certain yellow Rolls-Royce: **First purchased by the Marquess of Frinton for his wife as a belated anniversary present, the Marchiness finds her own use for the vehicle - one which prompts her husband to sell the car in disgust. **Gangster Paolo Maltese's moll, Mae, thinks the Rolls is a "classy" car in which to tour Paolo's home town in Italy. When Paolo is called away to the States to finish some "business", a bored Mae takes the Rolls on a spin through the country, enjoying both the sights and the handsome Italian photographer who crosses her path. **By the outbreak of World War II, the car has come into the possession of socialite Gerda Millet. While on her way to visit Yugoslavian royalty, Gerda and the Rolls become (at first) unwitting and then (eventually) most willing participants in the Yugoslavian fight.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Anthony Asquith
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations.
122 min

Good Lord.

Good afternoon, sir.

Rather a spiffy little bus,

don't you think so?

- You say bus?

- Car.

Fresh from the works this morning.

Got a revolutionary new engine,

you see.

There, with the very latest six cylinder

and a four-and-a-half inch bore...

...and a five-and-a-half inch stroke.

Yeah, I don't much care

for the shape of the decanter...

...and the telephone is badly placed.

I want it on the left and...

But the color scheme and the shape...

Very pleasing.

Deliver it this afternoon.

Surely, you'd like a spin in it first.

- I'd be happy to give you...

- Spin, what is a spin?

Oh, it's a drive, sir.

How kind, my dear fellow.

My London car's

down the street at my club...

...and if I arrive at the foreign office in a

strange motor, it might cause confusion.

Not that it's difficult

to cause confusion at the office...

Yes, but you haven't looked

at the very latest engine.

- But it is a Rolls-Royce, isn't it?

- It is, yes.

- Then presumably, it must go.

- Yes, but it's a very revolutionary engine.

This very latest six cylinder they have

is something quite new...

- Harnsworth, how nice to see you.

- And very good to see you too, my lord.

As always.

You're interested in our new Phantom?

Yes, I bought it.

I don't like that decanter, Harnsworth.

It's a deplorable shape.

It shall be changed.

And the back seat I'm afraid is, I'd say,

an inch too long for my wife.

- It's for Her Ladyship?

- Yes.

I forgot our anniversary this year.

Wasn't that dreadful? Last Monday.

- This is a little present to make up.

- Yeah, and very suitable.

We have Her Ladyship's

leg measurements filed with your own.

- And the telephone on the left.

- On the left.

Yes, I haven't forgotten, my lord.

All that shall be done.

It will take a week or so.

Oh, I'm afraid I must have it tonight.

At Cransden, rather a special reason.

I wonder if I've guessed it, my lord.

Last Monday you said?

That was June the 10th, wasn't it?

And that's why you've called your horse

June the 10th?

- It's going to win Gold Cup tomorrow...

- Don't say that. Where's some wood?

Here, my lord.

It must have a chance.

It must have a good chance.

But the French horse stays forever.

Yes. But your finishing speed.

That's what we're banking on.

- Goodbye.

- Goodbye.


Most interesting

about the four-and-a-half inch bore.

I must remember

to tell my wife all about it.

Taylor, what's been happening

in the lunch hour?

As Your Lordship will notice, there's

nothing of prime importance in the tray.

They're all matters that

will be dealt with satisfactory by me.

- Now that Your Lordship's read them.

- Thank you.

I wonder if Your Lordship would be kind

enough to sign these two letters?

Of course.

"We, The Right

Honorable Marquess Frinton...

...His Majesty's Principal

Undersecretary of State."

Are we "we," now? I thought

it was only the foreign secretary.

It is a right which I've always tried

to prescribe to this office...

...with precedents dating back at least

to William IV...

- You have, but his nibs won't like it.

- His nibs is in Lausanne.

Well, let's risk it.

I must say I rather enjoy being we.

So do I, my lord.


Well, I hope that's all.

I've got to get down to the country.

Oh, the Lausanne report.

Got to initial it

before it goes to the cabinet.

Mr. Fane will be dealing with that.

It has to be most secret.

Yes, of course. I'll ring for him.

All right, Taylor.

Thank you for making me plural.

- Oh, John, the Lausanne report.

- It hasn't come through yet.

It must have. It reached communication

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Terence Rattigan

Sir Terence Mervyn Rattigan, CBE (10 June 1911 – 30 November 1977) was a British dramatist. He was one of England's most popular mid twentieth century dramatists. His plays are typically set in an upper-middle-class background. He wrote The Winslow Boy (1946), The Browning Version (1948), The Deep Blue Sea (1952) and Separate Tables (1954), among many others. A troubled homosexual, who saw himself as an outsider, his plays centred on issues of sexual frustration, failed relationships, and a world of repression and reticence. more…

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