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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 »


Robert B. Sinclair


Henry Clark, Rachel Crothers (play) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Charles Coburn ... Captain Abe Peabody
Beulah Bondi ... Angie Peabody
Virginia Grey ... Mary Peabody
Helen Broderick ... Nancy Crocker
Billie Burke ... Blossy Stort
Dan Dailey ... Perth Nickerson (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Helen Westley ... Abigail Morrow
Cecil Cunningham ... Mrs. Jane Homans
Marjorie Main ... Sarah May Willett
Clem Bevans ... Samuel Darby
Francis Pierlot 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 <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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You'll say "I don't know when I've laughed so much"!









Release Date:

21 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El capitán es una dama See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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), by New Haven CT Saturday 16 February 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by San Antonio Tuesday 19 February 1957 on WOAI (Channel 4), and by Altoona PA Monday 25 February 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10); its initial airing in Norfolk VA took place 5 March 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Chicago 3 April 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Seattle 15 April 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Minneapolis 27 July 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), and in San Francisco 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 »


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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Fun B-movie with a ton of recognizable mature stars!
28 April 2009 | by wetcircuitSee all my reviews

This is a light-weight film with a stellar cast of mature actors that rise above it's so-so script simply because the actors are so sturdy. No doubt their experience adds depth to characters who would otherwise have none and plays a huge part of making this a winner, even though no one goes far out of their way to steal a scene or play over the top. It's really great to see so many "old ladies" working together in the same film, without the backstabbing or bitchiness in THE WOMEN. Sure they fall into "types": the busy-body, the old maid, the grand dame..., but everyone hits their mark and says their lines with little fuss and the film just flies. Charles Coburn is a wonderful foil as the curmudgeon sea captain who suddenly finds himself at the center of attention in an old ladies home and the butt of jokes by the old men in town. Most of the comedy plays around him being cantankerous because he can't smoke or cuss or drink like a man should -- and the ladies being both fascinated and repulsed by his manly failures. It drips with sentimentality and there are no bad guys here, just a lot of "aww shucks" kind of men who bumble their way through a world controlled by women hoping to be loved and accepted for all their faults.

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