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Ladies in Retirement (1941)





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In this taut, creepy melodrama, a housemaid works as the companion of an aging, retired British actress. One day the maid (Ida Lupino) is visited by her two looney half sisters. The actress finds the slightly mad sisters intolerable and demands that they leave. Unfortunately, the maid realizes that if the sisters are sent away they will end up involuntarily committed to an insane asylum and so the maid kills the actress and lets the sisters stay. Things go well until a suspicious relative shows up and starts to investigate. Nominated for Oscars for Best Interior Decoration and Best Score, Ladies in Retirement is based upon a stage play that was in turn based upon the true story from 1886.


Ida Lupino
as Ellen Creed
Louis Hayward
as Albert Feather
Elsa Lanchester
as Emily Creed
Edith Barrett
as Louisa Creed
Isobel Elsom
as Leonora Fiske
Emma Dunn
as Sister Theresa
Queenie Leonard
as Sister Agatha
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Critic Reviews for Ladies in Retirement

All Critics (1)

This gothic melodrama is well-crafted and involving.

January 21, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ladies in Retirement

Ida Lupino's self professed favorite of her films is a little known but wonderfully atmospheric drama with Ida, Elsa and Edith all terrifically balmy in their own ways.

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jay nixon

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This movie should have a poster!!! A wonderfully atmospheric noire film-the beauty of black and white cinematography is breathtaking and makes for great atmosphere. Why is this film so unknown? Highly recommend it.I watched it last night and can't wait to see it again.

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