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Ladies in Retirement (1941)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  9 September 1941 (USA)
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The housekeeper to a retired actress tries at the same time to look after her own two emotionally disturbed sisters, with dramatic results.

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Ellen Creed
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Albert Feather
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Lucy
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Emily Creed
Edith Barrett ...
Louisa Creed
Isobel Elsom ...
Leonora Fiske
Emma Dunn ...
Sister Theresa
Queenie Leonard ...
Sister Agatha
Clyde Cook ...
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Storyline

In the late nineteenth century, Ellen Creed works as the live-in companion to Miss Leonora Fiske, a retired actress who lives in the English countryside and who still retains her theatrical mannerisms. Ellen receives notice that the landlady of her two sisters, Emily Creed and Louisa Creed, who currently live in London, is threatening to call the police to haul them away to an asylum because of their disruptive behavior due to their mentally deranged state. Ellen will not allow her sisters to be institutionalized, and convinces Miss Fiske to allow them to stay with them for a couple of days. Miss Fiske was unaware of their deranged mental state when she agreed and is also unaware that Ellen hopes to make their stay permanent. Both issues eventually become apparent to Miss Fiske, who cannot tolerate how Emily and Louisa disrupt her home life. However, Ellen "convinces" Miss Fiske to take an extended leave from the house, while Ellen tells her sisters that she bought the house from Miss... Written by Huggo

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El misterio de Fiske Manor  »

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Trivia

Rosalind Russell, who had a non-exclusive contract with Columbia Pictures, was originally announced to play Ellen Creed. See more »

Goofs

Microphone shadow visible over fireplace when Mrs. Fiske has showdown with sisters about hauling junk into her home. See more »

Quotes

Albert Feather: How about makin' the most of a male fish now one has been washed up, ay? What about a smacker?
Lucy: No, you mustn't! I don't know you!
Albert Feather: You don't have to know people to kiss them.
Lucy: I do!
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Crazy Credits

The title of the film and the names of Ida Lupino and Louis Hayward appear as if they were rising to the surface of the swamp and floating there; the rest of the credits appear on tombstones and signs surrounding the area. See more »

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Remade as The Mad Room (1969) See more »

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Very involving, atmospheric classic studio piece
15 September 2000 | by (Thousand Oaks, CA) – See all my reviews

Wonderfully moody and atmospheric piece from Hollywood's heydey. Lupino holds her own against Elsa Lanchester, (who nearly walks away with the film with her batty characterisation). An overlooked film, unfortunately not on video. Worth staying up late for.


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