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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.


Bernard Girard


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




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


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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A Tale Calculated to Drive You Mad! See more »


Drama | Horror


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Did You Know?


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


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 »


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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Remake of Ladies in Retirement (1941) See more »


Written and Sung by Nazz
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Unbelievably silly...and unconscionably gross
17 October 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Two disturbed teenagers, just out of the mental ward several years after killing their parents, come to stay with their older sister...soon, "bad things begin happening", as they say. Updated variation of Reginald Denham and Edward Percy's play "Ladies in Retirement"--first filmed in 1941 with Ida Lupino and Evelyn Keyes--given a hammy treatment by director Bernard Girard. Laying on the lunatic melodrama with a touch of cartoony blood, Girard shows no responsibility towards the audience, he's just out for cheap shocks. Stella Stevens and Shelley Winters are the stars this time, and it is fun watching these two square off against each other even if the movie is pure sleaze. Ridiculous and off-putting in the extreme, with a somewhat pretentious finale that defies explanation. *1/2 from ****

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8 August 1969 (West Germany) See more »

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