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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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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

Louisa Creed: I hate the dark. It frightens me.
Sister Theresa: It shouldn't, my dear. Don't you believe we're watched over?
Louisa Creed: Oh yes. But I'm never quite sure who's watching us.
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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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the irony of plot reflected in the title.
29 September 2000 | by racoom_bsSee all my reviews

it's been so many years since i've seen this remarkable movie that most of it is forgotten. but its effect endures. that brick oven in almost every interior shot. the subtle verbal fencing between feather and ellen creed. the simple-minded amusements of her sisters. her panic near the end is so well conveyed, i still remember her face. ida lupino elaborated on her great acting in "the light that failed". she deserves to be remembered as one of the great female stars. the atmosphere of this film is very much like "night must fall", which featured a hatbox instead of a brick oven. louis hayward was a perfect foil for lupino, his insinuating, prying remarks bringing out her best (worst) emotions. i can't wait to see this gem of english intrigue another time.


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