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Ladies in Retirement

Released Sep 9, 1941 1h 32m Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 71% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Based on the play by Reginald Denham and Edward Percy, this drama focuses on Ellen Creed (Ida Lupino), a housekeeper who looks after Leonora Fiske, a retired actress living in the English countryside. When Ellen's eccentric sisters (Edith Barrett, Elsa Lanchester) visit their sibling at Leonora's home, tensions soon lead to murder. Though the death is carefully covered up, will the murderess get away with her crime, or will she be brought to justice? Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews This gothic melodrama is well-crafted and involving. Rated: B+ Jan 21, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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nick s Great acting and directing in this atmospheric gem. The lead character is an interesting study with contrasting personality traits. While not much of a spectacle, the movie is a great watch. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/15/24 Full Review Martin B Just a brilliant movie. Ida Lupino leading a terrific cast just shows why she had no peer with regard to range in the era she was active in movies. Not a raving beauty like so many leading ladies were she still was magnetic. Here a deeply flawed women who could murder to protect what she thought was right but couldn't survive the guilt. Only Ida Lupino could deliver a character that was a murderer and still have you hoping that some way she could redeem herself which of course could no happen. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review deke p WOW! This was really good!! & it was IDA LUPINO's favorite! 'Period' piece. Wanting to root for Ida as older sister who wants to care for her 2 adult 'mentally challenged' sisters. Then things take a very strange, increasingly involved surprising turns. The denoument leaves one wondering what will become of everyone. BTW, one of the younger sisters, the more ditzy one, is played by ELSA LANCHESTER who played the original BRIDE of FRANCENSTEIN. Finally watched the whole thing on the television set 7-17-2022 The Movie Channel 13.3 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting period drama/thriller based on the hit play. The horror/thrills come across a bit understated for modern audiences, though. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member wohooo apparently it's such a dark movie Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member A quite enjoyable film noir. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Based on the play by Reginald Denham and Edward Percy, this drama focuses on Ellen Creed (Ida Lupino), a housekeeper who looks after Leonora Fiske, a retired actress living in the English countryside. When Ellen's eccentric sisters (Edith Barrett, Elsa Lanchester) visit their sibling at Leonora's home, tensions soon lead to murder. Though the death is carefully covered up, will the murderess get away with her crime, or will she be brought to justice?
Director
Charles Vidor
Screenwriter
Reginald Denham
Distributor
Columbia Pictures
Production Co
Columbia Pictures Corporation
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Sep 9, 1941, Original
Release Date (DVD)
Apr 13, 2011
Runtime
1h 32m