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The Captain Is a Lady (1940)

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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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 <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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21 June 1940 (USA)  »

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El capitán es una dama  »

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This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Saturday 9 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles Tuesday 12 February 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); its initial airing in San Francisco occurred 4 November 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). In New York City, its earliest documented telecast presently stands at 20 May 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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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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Remake of Old Lady 31 (1920) See more »

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Charles Coburn and His Geriatic Groupies
2 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A wonderful cast is wasted in this bland rather self-consciously "cute" comedy/drama. Charles Coburn and Beulah Bondi star as a long married couple who lose their home. The only retirement place in the small community is an "old ladies home" and when Beulah refuses to be parted from her husband, the staff and residents agree to make an exception and allow Coburn to become their one and only male resident.

It's rather startling to see this cast of mostly 50-ish players being residents in an "old ladies home", particularly the vivacious if well into middle-age Billie Burke. This was one of Coburn's first starring roles and one of the few in which the great character actress Beulah Bondi has essentially the "leading lady" part. The other old gals at the home get rather infatuated with the lone man on the premises, leading to misunderstandings and bit of jealousy. I was fairly shocked by one rather unkind speech Beulah spouses to the maiden ladies about them not knowing what it's like to have a man in their lives.

It was nice to have the chance to see this little film on Turner Classic Movies but I found it rather dull and didn't keep it as a permanent title in my film collection.


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