Ladies in Retirement Crime Drama


In Ladies in Retirement, Ellen, a ladies companion, receives notice that her two sisters landlady is threatening to have police haul them to an asylum.


Ladies in Retirement DVD 1941 Ida Lupino Crime Drama Black & White

Starring: Ida Lupino, Louis Hayward, Evelyn Keyes

Story line for Ladies in Retirement. In the late nineteenth century, Ellen Creed works as a live-in companion to Miss Leonora Fiske. Miss Fiske is a retired actress who lives in the English countryside and  retains her theatrical mannerisms. Ellen receives notice that the landlady of her two sisters threatened to call the police to haul them away to an asylum. The landlady is concerned about their disruptive behavior and mentally deranged state.

Ellen decides she will not allow her sisters to be institutionalized and asks Miss Fiske if her sisters can visit. She convinces Miss Fiske to allow them to stay with them for a couple of days but doesn’t tell Miss Fiske about their deranged mental state or that she hopes to make their stay permanent. Both issues eventually become apparent to Miss Fiske, who cannot tolerate how Emily and Louisa disrupt her home life. Miss Fiske eventually complains to Ellen, pointing out that two days have turned into six weeks. They are wrecking her things and her nerves. Finally, Miss Fiske orders them out, ignoring the pleas of Ellen, who dreads their being sent to an institution. Ellen snaps and strangles Miss Fiske to death!

Ladies in Retirement is a great mystery film with a suspenseful plot that keeps you guessing how the film will end.

Trivia: Ida Lupino and Louis Hayward were husband and wife while this film was being produced.

Did you know?

Charles Vidor directs this delightfully creepy crime drama that’s based on the play by Reginald Denham and Edward Percy. The play was based upon a true story from 1886. It’s smartly and tautly co-written by Denham and Garrett Fort, while the cast all give striking performances. It was remade in 1969 as The Mad Room.

Product Information

  • Director: Charles Vidor
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Production Co.: Columbia Pictures
  • Run time: 91 minutes
  • Sound: Mono
  • Color: Black and White

Sample Video From Ladies in Retirement


This movie arrives on a professional grade DVD-R disc placed in a slim jewel case. The cover art is exactly as shown in the image.

You may also enjoy Woman in Hiding, another suspenseful crime drama starring Ida Lupino. Deborah Chandler’s rejected suitor, Selden Clark, manages the factory of her father. When her father dies his death begs the question, did he fall or was he pushed?

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Additional information

Weight 3 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.5 in

Crime, Drama, Film-Noir





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