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The Captain Is a Lady (1940)

Because of a bad investment, Captain and Mrs. Peabody are evicted from their home. Mrs. Peabody finds lodging at a retirement home, but as only single women are allowed, the Captain has to ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert B. Sinclair

Writers:

Henry Clark, Rachel Crothers (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Coburn ... Captain Abe Peabody
Beulah Bondi ... Angie Peabody
Virginia Grey ... Mary Peabody
Helen Broderick ... Nancy Crocker
Billie Burke ... Blossy Stort
Dan Dailey ... Perth Nickerson (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Helen Westley ... Abigail Morrow
Cecil Cunningham ... Mrs. Jane Homans
Marjorie Main ... Sarah May Willett
Clem Bevans ... Samuel Darby
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Roger Bartlett
Tom Fadden ... Pucey Kintner
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Because of a bad investment, Captain and Mrs. Peabody are evicted from their home. Mrs. Peabody finds lodging at a retirement home, but as only single women are allowed, the Captain has to make other arrangements. However, after witnessing their tearful goodbye, the home's residents vote to allow the couple to move in together. The Captain is a reluctant lodger, uncomfortable at being surrounded by so much femininity, and bristles when his pals start referring to him as "Old Lady". The time has come for Captain Peabody to reassert his manhood! Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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You'll say "I don't know when I've laughed so much"!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El capitán es una dama See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Saturday 9 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles Tuesday 12 February 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), by New Haven CT Saturday 16 February 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by San Antonio Tuesday 19 February 1957 on WOAI (Channel 4), and by Altoona PA Monday 25 February 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10); its initial airing in Norfolk VA took place 5 March 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Chicago 3 April 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Seattle 15 April 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Minneapolis 27 July 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), and in San Francisco 4 November 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). In New York City, its earliest documented telecast presently stands at 20 May 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Quotes

Blossy Stort: How do I use this?
Sarah May Willett: Pretend its a knitting needle. Jab one, purl two.
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Remake of Old Lady 31 (1920) See more »

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Charming Little B Film
22 June 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Charles Coburn stars as a rascally old sea captain who gets into into financial troubles and loses his house. He and his wife (Beulah Bondi) then have to move into and old ladies' home. Not much for plot, but the acting is terrific. Coburn causes all sorts of problems in the home as is known as Old Lady #31 (the name of the play this was adapted from). Helen Westley runs the home, and the star boarders are Billie Burke, Helen Broderick, Cecil Cunningham, and Marjorie Main. Dan Dailey and Virginia Grey are the young lovers. Clem Bevans is Coburn's friend, Francis Pierlot the town conniver, and Nora Cecil is the shopper. The women are especially good, each in a juicy character part. They were among the best character actresses in Hollywood in 1940 and are each easily recognizable. Nice film.


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