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Connecting Rooms (1970)

| Drama | May 1972 (UK)
Explores the relationships shared by the residents of a seedy boarding house in London.


Franklin Gollings


Franklin Gollings, Marion Hart (play)


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Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Wanda Fleming
Michael Redgrave ... James Wallraven
Alexis Kanner ... Mickey Hollister
Kay Walsh ... Mrs. Brent
Leo Genn ... Dr. Norman
Olga Georges-Picot Olga Georges-Picot ... Claudia
Richard Wyler ... Dick Grayson
Mark Jones Mark Jones ... Johnny
Gabrielle Drake ... Jean
Brian Wilde ... Ellerman
John Woodnutt ... Doctor
Tony Hughes Tony Hughes ... Lew
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Maxwell ... Principal of Art College


Explores the relationships shared by the residents of a seedy boarding house in London owned by dour Mrs. Brent. Among them are busker Wanda Fleming, who is flattered by the attention paid her by rebellious pop songwriter wannabe Mickey Hollister, and former schoolmaster James Wallraven, who has been accused of pedophilia and reduced to working as a janitor in an art gallery. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Behind one door a desperate man, behind the other a vulnerable, lonely woman - between them a ruthless youth. See more »




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Release Date:

May 1972 (UK) See more »

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Chambres communicantes See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayswater, London, England, UK

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The scenes calling for Bette Davis' character to play the cello used close-ups of the hands of British classical cellist Amaryllis Fleming (1925-1999). See more »


References All About Eve (1950) See more »


Sung by Lois Lane with The Ladybirds
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A wonderful movie about keeping hope alive by having unshakeable faith.
18 November 1998 | by ros-4See all my reviews

The story revolves around three people:Wanda, James and Mickey. Wanda is a lonely musician living in a rundown boarding house, and she meets Mickey a struggling music writer who lives just downstairs; while Professor James lives next door to her and in fact their rooms are only separated by a connecting door...thus the title of the movie. She lost the love of her life and now that's she's getting older Wanda gives her heart to Mickey with the hope of loving again,but he's only interested in becoming famous and getting whatever he can from Princess (what he calls her) In the meantime, the Professor loses his job, because he stands up for his belief...but he keeps it a secret from everyone. Wanda realizes that the Professor is tortured and tries to become a friend. In time their friendship develops, not to the liking of the nosey landlady, and Mickey who's failing at everything and now wants to make up for all of the times he'd ignored Wanda or simply used her. Wanda finally say her goodbyes to Mickey, much to his dismay and turn her attention to the fragile, but kindly Professor...in spite of the fact that she's found out his secret. He too gravitates towards her warmth as a wonderful person. The professor then ask to see her performance...at first she refuses, but recants,because she realises that in order for their relationship to progress, he needed to find out her secret...which he does. She wasn't a musician on stage, but rather a street musician who lived on whatever was thrown her way.Neither

comments,but rather wholeheartedly embraces each other for what they were.

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