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Ladies in Retirement (1941)

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

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Garrett Fort (screenplay), Reginald Denham (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ida Lupino ... Ellen Creed
Louis Hayward ... Albert Feather
Evelyn Keyes ... Lucy
Elsa Lanchester ... Emily Creed
Edith Barrett ... Louisa Creed
Isobel Elsom ... Leonora Fiske
Emma Dunn ... Sister Theresa
Queenie Leonard ... Sister Agatha
Clyde Cook ... Bates
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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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Damas retiradas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ida Lupino and Louis Hayward were married during the filming of the movie. See more »

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

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Ellen Creed: It takes a lot of courage to kill for the first time, Albert. Once you've sold your soul to the devil, it becomes easier. Much easier.
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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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Ladies in Retirement - Worst title ever?
27 June 2007 | by gbressackSee all my reviews

It surprises me no end that all of the previous comments here have ignored the fact that this title may be the worst movie title ever. "Ladies in Retirement" is not very likely to draw any audience except for, perhaps, ladies in retirement. Besides, it is totally inappropriate. This is a Gothic thriller (and not a bad one). The title sounds like either a drawing room comedy or tragedy about old age. The studio should have come up with a much more interesting and attractive title. I'm sure if they had, the film would have had more attention over the years. I only saw it because I was fascinated by the mediocrity of the title. But don't let the title drive you away. It is definitely worth your while.

Now I'm going to watch "Men in Hats."


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