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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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Mary Peabody
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Perth Nickerson (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
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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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You'll say "I don't know when I've laughed so much"!

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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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7 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Happened to catch this today and it held my attention throughout. The story itself was a little thin and the film shot in probably three weeks. But the acting was very well done. As the synopsis already includes mention of the couple losing their home, it is fair to mention that I was genuinely saddened by the helplessness of their loss (again, the acting). Although the film is 66 years old, the under-swell of emotion involved in a retirement age couple uncontrollably losing their home to heartless circumstances and poor decisions seems timeless -- people doing the best they can to get along and seeing their hopes and security slip through their fingers. It is categorized as a comedy, but I did not know that beforehand and did not see it as such. Sure, there are many intentionally cute moments (many including Glinda, the Good Witch of the North), but it is a severely desperate premise. I haven't yet seen a convincing comedy about homelessness.


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