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The Mad Room (1969)

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 ... See full summary »

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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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 »

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Drama | Horror

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1969 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Blodstänk! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This loose remake of "Ladies In Retirement" updates the story from Victorian England to 1960s America, and makes the allegedly deranged siblings much younger than the housekeeper instead of much older; they also become a brother and sister instead of two sisters. Reportedly, director Bernard Girard was greatly displeased with the way the film was altered after he had finished with it, and his directing career never really recovered from its box-office failure. See more »

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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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freaky time
24 August 2002 | by Movie_Man 500See all my reviews

Without trying to spoil too much of the whackiness here, in this ditty, you got a dog making off with someone's severed hand, you got your menacing foot bridge swaying in the breeze and you got your Stella Stevens and your Shelley Winters squaring off in the ham acting department, a few years before they both turned upside down in the Poseidon Adventure. One of them loopy movies following Joan and Bette from ... Baby Jane, where 2 sort of has been actresses vie for screen time by screeching at each other. Stella has a rather spacey look in her eye and Shelley, well, she always was a drama queen. Fun for a few laughs.


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