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The Mad Room (1969)

Ellen Hardy gets a rude awakening when she discovers that her brother and sister are scheduled to leave their mental institution. As children, they were put there after killing their parents.

Director:

Bernard Girard

Writers:

Reginald Denham (play), Edward Percy (play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stella Stevens ... Ellen Hardy
Shelley Winters ... Mrs. Armstrong
Skip Ward ... Sam Aller
Carol Cole Carol Cole ... Chris
Severn Darden ... Nate
Beverly Garland ... Mrs. Racine
Michael Burns ... George Hardy
Barbara Sammeth ... Mandy Hardy
Lloyd Haynes ... Dr. Marion Kincaid
Jennifer Bishop ... Mrs. Ericson (as Jenifer Bishop)
Gloria Manon Gloria Manon ... Edna
Lou Kane Lou Kane ... Armand Racine
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Storyline

Remake of 1941's "Ladies in Retirement" has Stella Stevens playing companion to wealthy, loony widow and she soon brings her brother and sister to live with them after they are released from an asylum for brutally murdering their parents years before. Now there appear to be skeletons that Stevens has worked so hard to keep hidden, ready to tumble out of her closet. Written by alfiehitchie

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Incredible as it may seem...unthinkable as it may be See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Beverly Garland was pregnant while filming her role. Her costumes were designed to hide it from the camera. See more »

Goofs

The sign on the gate of the "Hospital for Mental Ills" says "By appointment of H.R.H. Queen Victoria". The correct style of address for the Queen would be "Her Majesty" not "H.R.H" (Her Royal Highness). See more »

Quotes

Mandy Hardy: I have to talk with you, Ellen.
Ellen Hardy: Sure. Where's George?
Mandy Hardy: I don't know, but I've got to talk to you.
Ellen Hardy: What is it?
Mandy Hardy: George and I are going to need a Mad Room. We need a place to think; a place to work things out.
Ellen Hardy: Well, you have your rooms.
Mandy Hardy: No.It doesn't work that way. When I get tight inside, I need to go some place. Alone. Well, don't you feel pressure, Ellen?
Ellen Hardy: Of course I do.
Mandy Hardy: Then what do you do?
Ellen Hardy: Well, I try to keep busy, take my mind off of it.
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Connections

Referenced in I Know Who Killed Me (2007) See more »

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WILDWOOD BLUES
Written and Sung by Nazz
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Creepy but flawed
17 February 2019 | by mrosesteedSee all my reviews

Loosely adapted from the 1940 play and 1941 film, Ladies in Retirement, The Mad Room is a slow building, sinister thriller that explores themes of insanity and mistrust. Stylistically, it combines traditional, noir-ish cinematography with occasional new wave elements like jumbled, overlapping dialogue and splashes of paint-red blood. Unfortunately, the creepy story is ultimately somewhat undermined by a campy plot device and abrupt ending.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1969 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mad Room See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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