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The Captain Is a Lady (1940)

 |  Comedy  |  21 June 1940 (USA)
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Because of a bad investment, Captain and Mrs. Peabody are evicted from their home. Mrs. Peabody finds lodging at a retirement home, but as only single women are allowed, the Captain has to ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Virginia Grey ...
Mary Peabody
Helen Broderick ...
Perth Nickerson (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Helen Westley ...
Cecil Cunningham ...
Mrs. Jane Homans
Marjorie Main ...
Sarah May Willett
Clem Bevans ...
Francis Pierlot ...
Roger Bartlett
Tom Fadden ...
Pucey Kintner


Because of a bad investment, Captain and Mrs. Peabody are evicted from their home. Mrs. Peabody finds lodging at a retirement home, but as only single women are allowed, the Captain has to make other arrangements. However, after witnessing their tearful goodbye, the home's residents vote to allow the couple to move in together. The Captain is a reluctant lodger, uncomfortable at being surrounded by so much femininity, and bristles when his pals start referring to him as "Old Lady". The time has come for Captain Peabody to reassert his manhood! Written by Chris Stone <>

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21 June 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El capitán es una dama  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Blossy Stort: How do I use this?
Sarah May Willett: Pretend its a knitting needle. Jab one, purl two.
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Charles Coburn has starring role in MGM B-film...
27 April 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

CHARLES COBURN as a crusty sea captain has to deal with dispossession of his house after making bad investments in THE CAPTAIN IS A LADY, a curious little comedy from MGM. The supporting cast includes a very young DAN DAILEY, billed as Dan Dailey, Jr. in one of his earliest roles.

BEULAH BONDI, HELEN BRODERICK, BILLIE BURKE and MARJORIE MAIN have their moments when Coburn is forced to find shelter in a home for women. VIRGINIA GREY provides romantic interest for Dan Dailey.

Despite a good cast, it's a pleasant trifle of the B-film variety. The title leads one to suspect Coburn will be masquerading as a woman, but no such thing. It's merely the fact that he's in a boarding house for ladies.

Summing up: Silly plot is pretty much of a yawner. Coburn has an abundance of corny lines like "Women is funny critters" and says "I reckon" every few minutes, as if he's playing Walter Brennan. It's no wonder you never heard of this one before.

I know Coburn fans who will find it a pleasant enough trifle, but it gets a decidedly negative review from me, overly sentimental and implausible nonsense makes it downright painful to watch.

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