Woman of Straw -The palace of Mr. Richmond in Saffron Walden

A 1964 crime thriller directed by Basil Dearden and starring Gina Lollobrigida, Sean Connery and Ralph Richardson. It was written by Robert Muller and Stanley Mann, adapted from the 1954 novel La Femme de paille by Catherine Arley.

The decadent Great Hall at Audley End House / Image: English Heritage

Connery’s character Anthony Richmond schemes to get the fortune of his tyrannical, wheelchair-bound tycoon uncle Charles Richmond by persuading Maria, a nurse he employs, to marry the old man. After his uncle’s demise Maria 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.

The tasty interior of Audley End House / Image: via Youtube

Audley End House is a largely early 17th-century country house outside Saffron Walden, Essex, England. It was once, one of the finest Jacobean houses in England. Audley End is now one-third of its original size, but is still large, with many architectural features and varied collections.

Featured Image: Woman of Straw film / Image: via Youtube

Websites: english-heritage.org.uk, unitedartistsreleasing.com


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