With a sizzling international cast, the team of Anatole de Grunwald, Anthony Asquith and Terence Rattigan have produced a sleek piece of entertainment in The Yellow Rolls-Royce. It is handsomely tinted, lushly lensed and though leisurely in its approach, this has style, humor and some effective thesping.
Film consists of three separate anecdotes, linked only by ownership of the elegant Phantom II Rolls-Royce auto.
First one concerns Lord Frinton (Rex Harrison), a Foreign Office big shot who buys the car as an anni gift for his wife (Jeanne Moreau) and discovers her and a Foreign Office minion (Edmund Purdom) in a passionate embrace in its back seat.
Much mileage later, in the 1930s, the car is bought in Italy by gangster George C. Scott as a present for his current moll, hatcheck gal Shirley MacLaine. The dame falls for a street photographer (Alain Delon) and again the comfortable, accommodating back seat of the Rolls is pressed into service for l’amour.
Finally, in 1942, the Phantom II is acquired by Ingrid Bergman playing a hectoring American woman. Hitler is attacking Yugoslavia and she becomes involved when she finds that she has smuggled an archpatriot (Omar Sharif) across the border.