The Notorious Landlady Blu-ray Review – Funny, Romantic 1962 Murder Mystery

It’s time to look at a comedy mystery starring Kim Novak and Jack Lemon from 1962. This is The Notorious Landlady blu-ray review which has not yet had a UK release but can be obtained via the US release and is region free. The casting seems excellent but what about the story? Let’s find out…

The Notorious Landlady Blu-ray Review
  • The Notorious Landlady (1962)
  • USA Import
  • Genre: Comedy / Mystery
  • Directed by Richard Quine
  • UK Rating N/A
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Sony Pictures
  • Blu-ray Released: 8 December 2020


When American diplomat William Gridley (Jack Lemmon) arrives in London, he needs to find somewhere to live. He checks the newspaper and spots a room for rent at Carly Hardwicke’s house. Upon meeting Carly (Kim Novak) he finds himself falling in love with her. However she seems to be hiding something and furthermore she seems to be under surveillance by the police.

Style / Direction

The Notorious Landlady (1962) was directed by Richard Quine whilst the cinematography was handled by Arthur E. Arling. Quine does a fabulous job of concealing the true nature of events which results in the viewer being constantly confused about the real motive of Kim Novak’s character. It’s really well done and suits the genre perfectly.

Music / Audio Effects

The music is comes from George Duning.

Acting / Characters

The chemistry between Jack Lemmon and Kim Novak is perfect and really is at the heart of the film’s success. The supporting cast is also fabulous with the likes of Fred Astaire and Lionel Jeffries bringing further comedic situations.

Jack Lemmon is as you might expect really funny, he plays an American diplomat William Gridley London seeking somewhere to live. However it’s Kim Novak whose performance really shines through. This is largely because her character of Carly Hardwicke is a far more complex one. She’s a landlady with a secret.


  • Kim Novak as Carlyle ‘Carly’ Hardwicke
  • Jack Lemmon as William ‘Bill’ Gridley
  • Fred Astaire as Franklyn Ambruster
  • Lionel Jeffries as Inspector Oliphant
  • Estelle Winwood as Mrs Dunhill
  • Maxwell Reed as Miles Hardwicke
  • Philippa Bevans as Mrs Agatha Brown
  • Doris Lloyd as Lady Fallott
  • Henry Daniell as the Stranger
  • Ronald Long as Coroner
  • Richard Peel as Sergeant Dillings
  • Dick Crockett as Detective Carstairs
  • Ottola Nesmith as Flower Woman
  • Bess Flowers as Courtroom Spectator
  • Scott Davey as Henry
  • Ross Brown as Boy
  • Mary O’Brady as Mrs Oliphant

Conclusion: The Notorious Landlady (1962) Film Review

If you’ve never seen this film I highly recommend giving it a look at certain you won’t regret it. It’s funny, romantic and a murder mystery all rolled into one.

The Notorious Landlady Blu-ray Review

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Conclusion: The Notorious Landlady Blu-ray Review

I’ve have zero issues with the picture quality it’s excellent clean print with perfect colours. The only downside right now is the film is yet to receive a UK blu-ray release meaning you have to obtain the US region free version plus there are no extras included except for the theatrical trailer.

The Notorious Landlady has not had an offical UK blu-ray release. However it can be picked up region free via Amazon. Always check the version you are purchasing will play on UK players.

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The Notorious Landlady Blu-ray Review

The Notorious Landlady Blu-ray Review

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The Notorious Landlady (1962)




The Notorious Landlady (1962) Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip NOT be representative of the blu-ray version

That concludes The Notorious Landlady blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more classic movies soon. What’s next? Check back soon…

Summary: The Notorious Landlady (1962) Blu-ray Review
The Notorious Landlady Blu-ray Review

Movie title: The Notorious Landlady (1962)

Movie description: A funny, romantic murder mystery

Duration: 123 mins

Director(s): Richard Quine

Actor(s): Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Fred Astaire, Lionel Jeffries

Genre: Comedy, Mystery

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Kim Novak and Jack Lemmon are fabulous in this wonderful romantic comedy mystery film!


Kim Novak / Jack Lemmon Excellent Story


No Official UK Bluray Release