Ladies In Retirement

  • 1941
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Thriller

An eerie tale which casts Lupino as the housemaid-companion of Elsom, a wealthy British ex-actress. When Lupino decides to let her two deranged half sisters stay for a visit, they get on Elsom's nerves and are asked to leave. Lupino knows that if her sisters enter the real world they will be institutionalized, so she strangles Elsom. They continue to live...read more

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An eerie tale which casts Lupino as the housemaid-companion of Elsom, a wealthy British ex-actress. When Lupino decides to let her two deranged half sisters stay for a visit, they get on Elsom's nerves and are asked to leave. Lupino knows that if her sisters enter the real world they will

be institutionalized, so she strangles Elsom. They continue to live in the mansion, dodging any suspicion until a nosey relative (Hayward) pays a visit. It's not long before he figures out what has happened, but until they're caught the suspense builds to a dramatic chill. The original play was

based on a true story that occurred in France, when Euphrasie Mercier murdered her companion, Elodie Menetret, in 1886 to get money for her two insane sisters. In this fine film version of the stage play, Lupino struggled against her youth and movie star aura to give her role some intensity, and

she succeeded admirably, using everything in her repertoire to build her characterization. The film earned Oscar nominations for Best Interior Decoration and Best Score.

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  • Review: An eerie tale which casts Lupino as the housemaid-companion of Elsom, a wealthy British ex-actress. When Lupino decides to let her two deranged half sisters stay for a visit, they get on Elsom's nerves and are asked to leave. Lupino knows that if her siste… (more)

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