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Ladies in Retirement


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As the paid companion to wealthy Leonora Fiske, Ellen Creed (Ida Lupino) has become accustomed to her employer's good humor and generosity. When her deranged sisters (played with great relish by Elsa Lanchester and Edith Barrett) are evicted from their lodgings in London, Ellen invites them to stay for a visit. As the visit turns into weeks, Leonora's patience is exhausted, and she orders the sisters, and Ellen, to leave. Desperate to protect her sisters and give them a secure place to live, Ellen takes drastic measures - then tells everyone that Leonora is on a trip, leaving her in charge of the house. But when the neighbors and Ellen's roguish cousin (Louis Hayward) become suspicious, she has more to worry about than just her sisters' welfare. This gothic suspense thriller boasts great comic performances plus an excellent dramatic role for Ida Lupino. Evelyn Keyes plays a supporting role as the love-struck housemaid. Newly remastered.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Louis Hayward, Emma Dunn, Isobel Elsom, Evelyn Keyes, Elsa Lanchester
  • Directors: Charles Vidor
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: SPHE
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004IFYMWU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,050 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ladies in Retirement" on IMDb

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark Norvell on June 7, 2011
Format: DVD
Ida Lupino heads a strong cast in this film based on the Broadway and London stage productions. She plays a housekeeper to a retired stage "actress" who is suddenly saddled with her two mentally challenged sisters and tries desperately to keep them from being put away in an asylum. The story takes place in and around a gloomy English country house on the foggy moors and features a mostly female ensemble. Elsa Lanchester is one of the sisters. Louis Hayward is the male lead and arrives to rock the boat as a troublemaker. This is a very Gothic thriller with a murder and secrets to be kept (and exposed). It's a good print of a rarely seen film from 1941. Lupino is excellent as Ellen with all the cast giving fine performances and characterizations. Some spooky moments as well. Very enjoyable all around and very recommended for those who enjoy unusual 40's films. Good b& w photography that's appropriate for the tense atmosphere and situations. The disc features only the film and an original "movie house" trailer in good condition. Re-made in 1969 as "The Mad Room" with Stella Stevens and Shelley Winters. See "Ladies in Retirement" first. Enjoy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cleo on June 7, 2011
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No good deed goes unpunished in this unsung gem with a strongly delivered message about the need for financial independence and how no one is ever grateful for the generosity for anyone better off. Ida Lupino is beautiful and silently seething. She looks strangely Russian. The period costumes look natural and contemporary somehow.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James Toddd Holtz on July 28, 2011
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Finally this masterpiece is available. It wasn't ever on VHS. LADIES IN RETIREMENT has one memorable line. "Once you sell your soul to the devil, it's so much easier the second time. The way that it's delivered by Ms. Ida Lupino you'll never forget it. She was probably the most under rated actress in Hollywood history. She was just brilliant in this. Ida conveyed many varied emotions quite well. How she was not nominated for an OSCAR, I'll never know? The plot to me is quite believable but still entertaining. With today's movies, the plot goes over the top too often. Lupino is forced. to to do something horrible and then regrets it. The way the story unravels it's logical and satisfying. TCM does show this but its worth owning. They should put it in their essentials show. Maybe Ida Lupino was not a better actress than either of the Hepburns or Bette Davis, but they weren't any better than she was.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Gawlitta on February 4, 2012
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I've been waiting for this film for a long time. Columbia finally released it on DVD, and the transfer is excellent. Great cast, led by Ida Lupino, carries the intrigue to no end of fun and suspense. Supporting characters are all excellent, especially Isobel Elsom as the sweet old broad with a wicked past of her own. Edith Barrett repeated her stage role, and Elsa Lanchester plays goofy again, uniquely. The appearance of Louis Hayward only adds to the perfection of the ensemble cast. Let's not forget the lovely Evelyn Keyes, a reliable 40's fixture.

Didn't know what kind of quality would come with this DVD, but it's excellent in sound and picture, and highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Monty Britton on August 23, 2011
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Just got to say thanks to Columbia Home Video for finally releasing Ladies in Retirement on home video. This lost classic has been shown on Turner Classic Movies but never looked as good as it does now. Wow! For a movie this old, its hard to believe how good and clean the print used for this release. It's good to finally have a digital copy of this classic to watch when I want to. How I love home video! It gives these lost classics life again for us to treasure for years to come! Some people may be put off that this is a DVD-R, but it is made by Columbia and not some public domain company. After seeing this print, it's hard to believe it's a DVD-R. Just too bad Columbia doesn't treat these MODs with the dignity and respect and put them out on a dual layer DVD with special features. But for the time being, I will spend my 15 bucks on this classic anyday!
I got the remake The Mad Room as a companion piece...sorry, Ladies in Retirement blows that campy movie away!
One of Ida Lupino's better roles. Brilliant!
Get a copy of this DVD while you can!
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