Ida Lupino


Actor, Director
Ida Lupino

About

Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
February 04, 1918
Died
August 03, 1995
Cause of Death
Complications From A Stroke And Colon Cancer

Biography

Though Paramount had imported her from England as an ingénue, Ida Lupino proved more than merely wise beyond her years when she landed in Hollywood in 1934. The 16-year-old scion of a British acting dynasty, Lupino evinced a husky sensuality that had won her a reputation in her homeland as the British Jean Harlow. Plugged into programmers, the progressive Lupino swiftly grew dissatisfied...

Photos & Videos

Artists and Models (1937) - Publicity Stills
Artists and Models - Scene Stills
Artists and Models - Movie Posters

Family & Companions

Louis Hayward
Husband
Actor. Born on March 19, 1909; married in 1938; divorced in 1945; acted opposite Lupino in "Ladies in Retirement" (1941); died on February 21, 1985.
Collier Young
Husband
Executive, producer. Married in 1948; divorced in 1950; met Lupino while working as Harry Cohn's executive assistant at Columbia; formed Filmakers, Inc. production company together; co-owned company with Lupino until 1980.
Howard Duff
Husband
Actor. Born on August 24, 1913; married in October 1951; divorced in 1983; had been living apart for the last 11 years of their marriage; acted together in such films as "Woman in Hiding" (1950), "Jennifer" (1953), "Private Hell 36" (1954) and "While the City Sleeps" (1956), as well as the TV series, "Mr. Adams and Eve" (1957-58); father of Lupino's daughter Bridgett; died on July 8, 1990.

Bibliography

"Ida Lupino: A Biography"
William Donati, University of Kentucky Press (1996)
"Queen of the B's: Ida Lupino Behind the Camera"
Annette Kuhn (1995)
"Ida Lupino"
Jerry Vermilye

Notes

Lupino's birth year is open to question: other dates given are 1914, 1916 and 1919.

"'My father once said to me, 'You're born to be bad,' she recalled. 'And it was true. I made eight films in England before I came to America, and I played a tramp or a slut in all of them.'" --From TThe Hollywood Reporter, August 7, 1995.

Biography

Though Paramount had imported her from England as an ingénue, Ida Lupino proved more than merely wise beyond her years when she landed in Hollywood in 1934. The 16-year-old scion of a British acting dynasty, Lupino evinced a husky sensuality that had won her a reputation in her homeland as the British Jean Harlow. Plugged into programmers, the progressive Lupino swiftly grew dissatisfied and shifted to Warner Brothers, landing edgier roles in Raoul Walsh's "They Drive by Night" (1940) and "High Sierra" (1941) with Humphrey Bogart. A lead role as a steely murderess in Charles Vidor's "Ladies in Retirement" (1941) proved an apt showcase for Lupino's acting abilities, but she always had her sights set higher. With second husband Collier Young, Lupino crafted a string of mostly independent dramas with an emphasis on social issues, among them the unwed mother meller "Not Wanted" (1949) and "Outrage" (1950), which concerned the aftermath of a brutal rape. Lupino's "The Hitch-Hiker" (1952) was at once a skewering of the fragile male psyche and an important entry in the suspense subgenre of film noir. Diverting her efforts as a director-for-hire to television following her marriage to actor Howard Duff, Lupino made occasional film appearances, albeit often in such drive-in fodder as "The Devil's Rain" (1976) and "Food of the Gods" (1976). At the time of her death in 1995, Lupino was only beginning to be reevaluated as a pioneering female director, as well as a guiding hand in the gestation of American independent cinema.

Ida Lupino was born in London on Feb. 4, 1918. In the weeks leading up to her birth during the First World War, German triplanes had rained bombs down on the city, killing 68. The terror from above had yielded to dense fog, punctured by a thunderstorm - a dramatic beginning for a future world class actress. Born into a theatrical dynasty, Lupino's father Stanley was a music hall sensation and her ancestry was rich in actors, dancers, singers, puppeteers and tightrope walkers. The success of Lupino's father, grandfather and uncles had resulted in family friendship with such literary figures as Charles Dickens and "Peter Pan" creator J. M. Barrie, while Edward VII, son of Britain's long-seated Queen Victoria, had dubbed the Lupino clan "The Royal Family of Greasepaint." With Stanley Lupino's increasing fortunes as a popular entertainer, the family was able to relocate from a modest home in Dulwich to a Tudor mansion in Streatham. Ida Lupino grew up in a home full of theatrical memorabilia, and sang her first songs with her younger sister and parents around the family piano.

When Lupino was eight years old, her parents departed for a tour of the United States and engagements on Broadway. While she and her sister were deposited at the Clarence House, a boarding school for girls in West Brighton, Lupino wrote plays in which she also played the lead roles. Over the next few years, Lupino matured into a young woman of remarkable beauty, particularized by alabaster skin and piercing blue eyes. She made her film debut as an extra in "The Love Race" (1931), starring her father and directed by her cousin, Lupino Lane. A German director visiting the set had taken note of her attractiveness and offered her a role in his upcoming production - later cutting her one scene because Lupino was prettier than his leading lady. Choosing education over furthering her career at this young age, Lupino enrolled in London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In her second term, she was cast in a production of "Heartbreak House" by playwright George Bernard Shaw himself. When not performing or studying technique, Lupino often accompanied her father to jobs at Elstree Studio, where she observed Stanley Lupino perfecting his craft before the camera.

Lupino returned to cinema with a lead role in Allan Dwan's "Her First Affaire" (1932). The role of a Lolita-type homewrecker had been pitched initially to her mother, Connie Emerald, then in her mid-thirties; accompanying Emerald to the try-out, the 14-year-old Lupino caught the eye of Dwan, who cast her instead. With her hair bleached for her star turn in the Sterling Films release, Lupino was promoted as the English Jean Harlow, yet she made relatively few films in Great Britain. She played the resourceful sister of accused murderer John Mills in the quota quickie "The Ghost Camera" (1933), edited by David Lean, and a princess in the musical "Prince of Arcadia" (1933). Tapped by Paramount Pictures in America to star in their upcoming production of "Alice in Wonderland" (1933), Lupino proved too mature for the role (which went instead to Charlotte Henry) and was slotted into Erle C. Kenton's "Search for Beauty" (1934), in which she starred with Olympic gold medalist Buster Crabbe as a pair of professional swimmers navigating the uncertain waters of the publishing industry.

At Paramount, Lupino's initial assignments were largely decorous. She played second female leads in Henry Hathaway's "Peter Ibbetson" (1935), as a potential love interest to star Gary Cooper, and Lewis Milestone's "Anything Goes" (1936), as Bing Crosby's shipboard chippy. It was not until she outmaneuvered Vivien Leigh for the role of a hot-tempered Cockney model in William Wellman's "The Light that Failed" (1936), opposite Ronald Colman, that Lupino began to attract attention as an actress of gravitas and dramatic merit. Signing a contract with Warner Brothers, Lupino scored in a string of well-received programmers. In Raoul Walsh's "They Drive by Night" (1940), she upstaged both George Raft and soon-to-be A-list star Humphrey Bogart as the scheming wife of a trucking magnate who is driven by lust to murder. She reteamed with Bogart for Walsh's "High Sierra" (1941), as a rootless gamine in love with Bogart's hardened recidivist Mad Dog Earle. In Michael Curtiz' adaptation of Jack London's "The Sea Wolf" (1941), Lupino kept the peace between autocratic skipper Edward G. Robinson and hunky landlubber John Garfield.

For Columbia Pictures, Lupino defaulted to her natural British accent to play a guilt-wracked murderess in Charles Vidor's psychological thriller "Ladies in Retirement" (1941), in which she co-starred with Louis Hayward, her husband since 1938. Back at Warners, Lupino enjoyed a salary boost but grew dissatisfied with roles she considered insignificant. She tangled often with studio head Jack Warner, refusing parts in "King's Row" (1942) and "Castle in the Clouds" (1942), therefore winding up on suspension more than once. In 1943, she was named Best Actress by the New York Film Critics for her poignant turn as a dying woman who recounts the bullet points of her tragic fall from grace in Vincent Sherman's "The Hard Way" (1943). Despite the honor, Lupino continued to despair over the dearth of good roles in Hollywood and often referred to herself as "a poor man's Bette Davis." Over the next few years, she found a niche in shadowy dramas that anticipated the postwar film noir thrillers, including Archie Mayo's "Moontide" (1942) with Jean Gabin and Jean Negulesco's "Deep Valley" (1947) with Dane Clark.

Lupino left Warners in 1947. After starring in Negulesco's scorching noir entry "Road House" (1948), she sought to improve her industry cachet by branching off into producing. With second husband, Columbia production executive Collier Young, she put money into the independent crime drama "The Judge" (1949), directed by Elmer Clifton. The feature was made under the banner of Emerald Pictures, which Lupino named for her mother, in partnership with Anson Bond, heir to America's first national chain of clothing stores. The film turned a profit, encouraging Lupino and Young to develop a Paul Jarrico script about an unwed mother that had been pressed upon them by Warners producer Jerry Wald and his brother Marvin. When Columbia head Harry Cohn refused to back "Not Wanted" (1949), Lupino stamped it as an Emerald Pictures film, overseeing all aspects of production, from script rewrites and budgeting to selecting the wardrobe. When director Elmer Clifton suffered a heart attack in preproduction, Lupino stepped in to take his place, calling the shots on set from the first day of shooting in February 1949.

Because the then 31-year-old Lupino was not a member of the Director's Guild of America, she downplayed her own significance behind the camera of "Not Wanted," deferring for the record to the ailing Clifton, who retained official credit. Working quickly, Lupino shot the film guerilla style on the streets of Los Angeles to reduce the necessity for and the cost of building sets. Despite the freedom of working outside of the restrictive prevue of the studio system, the first-timer remained dependent on her investors, some of whom evinced conservative inclinations. When one backer objected to a scene in which heroine Sally Forrest shares a boarding house room with an African-American woman, Lupino grudgingly cut the offending footage - but then included business featuring an Asian actress to spite her bigoted benefactor. Though she was not Hollywood's first female director it was still novel for a woman to be calling the shots on a feature film. Lupino's reputation spread quickly through the studios, with many A-list actresses demanding private screenings of "Not Wanted." Budgeted at just over $150,000, the film grossed over a million.

Retooling Emerald Pictures as The Filmmakers, Lupino and Young got back to business with "Never Fear" (1949), a drama concerned with a young dancer ankled by. Their next film, "Outrage" (1950), about the aftermath of a rape, was distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. Overseeing publicity and distribution, RKO head Howard Hughes gave the film an expensive push, complete with press junket and a splashy premiere preceded by a live stage show. Though Hughes' mishandling of RKO would soon bankrupt the studio, "Outrage" was one of its few moneymakers. Profits from The Filmmaker's next outing, the sports drama "Hard, Fast and Beautiful" (1951), disappeared due to RKO's creative bookkeeping. To keep her debts under control, Lupino continued to act, playing the blind sister of killer Robert Ryan in Nicholas Ray's "On Dangerous Ground" (1952).

Arguably Lupino's best-regarded film outside of "High Sierra," "The Hitch-Hiker" (1953) pitted fishing buddies Edmund O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy against escaped killer William Tallman, who browbeats the married men for being soft while forcing them to drive deeper into Mexico. If her previous movies had allowed Lupino the opportunity to shore up the lopsided racial politics of Hollywood, "The Hitch-Hiker" gave her the chance to probe the fragile male psyche. She followed suit with the self-financed "The Bigamist" (1953), with O'Brien as a businessman juggling wives in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Lupino appeared in the supporting role of O'Brien's L.A. missus, while distribution was handled by The Filmmakers under their own aegis. Despite the apparent solidarity of forming their own distribution arm, Lupino and Collier Young had divorced in 1951. While Young had taken up with "Bigamist" co-star Joan Fontaine, Lupino sought solace in the arms of actor Howard Duff, to whom she would remain married for the next 30 years.

Over the course of the next two decades, Lupino continued to act sporadically in such films as "Women's Prison" (1955), "The Big Knife" (1955) and "While the City Sleeps" (1956). For "Private Hell 36" (1954), directed by Don Siegel for The Filmmakers, she shared a writing credit with ex-husband Young and co-starred with Duff. She also began directing episodic television for the networks. Helming multiple segments of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (CBS, 1955-1962), "Have Gun, Will Travel" (CBS, 1957-1963), the anthology series "Thriller" (NBC, 1960-62) and Desilu Productions' "The Untouchables" (ABC, 1959-1963), she developed a reputation for understanding and anticipating the needs of actors. Lupino was famous for a punchy, unflinching directing style that was branded as masculine despite the fact that her aesthetic was in many ways a refutation of the patriarchal perspective. Paradoxically, Lupino's next opportunity to direct a feature came with the girls school comedy "The Trouble with Angels" (1966), starring Hayley Mills as a convent cut-up and Rosalind Russell as her autocratic Mother Superior.

Though she was finished in features by the end of the decade, the aging Lupino continued to work exhaustively in film and television. She had fun teaming with Duff as super-villain Dr. Cassandra in a 1968 episode of "Batman" (ABC, 1966-68) and played a vicious jailhouse screw in the TV movie "Women in Chains" (ABC, 1972). As her looks coarsened with age, she was cast in earthier roles than those suggesting refinement. She played the matriarch of an Arizona rodeo dynasty in Sam Peckinpah's "Junior Bonner" (1972), opposite Steve McQueen, and headed another Western clan that is literally bedeviled in Robert Fuest's "The Devil's Rain" (1976), which featured a young John Travolta in a bit role. In Bert Gordon's ignoble "Food of the Gods" (1976), Lupino played an ill-starred farmer's wife whose use of goopy space stuff as chicken feed dooms her to a messy demise in the jaws of a giant rat. Her final film role was as another villain, the mastermind of an armored car heist carried out by teenagers, in "My Boys are Good Boys" (1978), executive produced by co-star Ralph Meeker.

Divorced from Duff in 1984, Lupino moved from fashionable Brentwood to the more affordable San Fernando Valley on the far side of the Hollywood Hills. Struggling with long-term alcoholism, she grew reclusive in retirement, estranging herself even from her adult daughter. Duff's death in July 1990 hit the former actress hard and her final years were marked by bouts of depression and assorted illnesses, among them a mental deterioration that had first manifested itself as a difficulty remembering her lines on the sets of television shows. Diagnosed with cancer, she suffered a debilitating stroke in 1995 and died in her Burbank home on August 3rd of that year, at the age of 77. Cruelly coincident with Lupino's passing was a burgeoning renewal of public interest in her feature film work and her championing among film historians as an important figure in the development of American cinema in the second half of the 20th Century.

By Richard Harland Smith

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Trouble With Angels (1966)
Director
The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
Director
The Bigamist (1953)
Director
Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951)
Director
Mother of a Champion (1951)
Director
Outrage (1950)
Director
Never Fear (1950)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

American Lifestyles (1987)
Deadhead Miles (1982)
My Boys Are Good Boys (1978)
The Food Of The Gods (1976)
Mrs Skinner
The Devil's Rain (1975)
Mrs Preston
I Love a Mystery (1973)
The Letters (1973)
Female Artillery (1973)
Martha Lindstrom
Junior Bonner (1972)
Elvira [Ellie] Bonner
The Strangers in 7A (1972)
Women in Chains (1971)
Tyson
Backtrack (1969)
Mama Delores
Strange Intruder (1956)
Alice Carmichael
While the City Sleeps (1956)
Mildred Donner
The Big Knife (1955)
Marion Castle
Women's Prison (1955)
Amelia Van Zant
Private Hell 36 (1954)
Lilli Marlowe
The Bigamist (1953)
Phyllis Martin
Jennifer (1953)
Agnes Langley
On Dangerous Ground (1952)
Mary Malden
Beware, My Lovely (1952)
Mrs. Helen Gordon
Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951)
Spectator
Woman in Hiding (1949)
Deborah Chandler Clark [also known as Ann Carter]
Lust for Gold (1949)
Julia Thomas
Road House (1948)
Lily Stevens
Deep Valley (1947)
Libby [Saul]
The Man I Love (1947)
Petey Brown
Escape Me Never (1947)
Gemma [Smith]
Devotion (1946)
Emily Brontë
Pillow to Post (1945)
Jean Howard
Hollywood Canteen (1944)
In Our Time (1944)
Jennifer Whittredge
The Hard Way (1943)
Helen Chernen
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
Herself
Forever and a Day (1943)
Jenny [Jones]
Life Begins at Eight-Thirty (1942)
Kathi Thomas
Moontide (1942)
Anna
High Sierra (1941)
Marie [Garson]
Ladies in Retirement (1941)
Ellen Creed
The Sea Wolf (1941)
Ruth Brewster
Out of the Fog (1941)
Stella Goodwin
The Light That Failed (1940)
Bessie Broke
They Drive by Night (1940)
Lana Carlsen
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
Ann Brandon
The Lady and the Mob (1939)
Lila Thorne
The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939)
Val Carson
Fight for Your Lady (1937)
Marietta
Sea Devils (1937)
Doris Malone
Let's Get Married (1937)
Paula ["Red"] Quinn
Artists and Models (1937)
Paula Sewell, also known as Paula Monterey
Anything Goes (1936)
Hope Harcourt
Yours for the Asking (1936)
Gert Malloy [also known as Nancy Carstairs]
The Gay Desperado (1936)
Jane
One Rainy Afternoon (1936)
Monique Pelerin
Peter Ibbetson (1935)
Agnes
Paris in Spring (1935)
Mignon de Charelle
Smart Girl (1935)
Pat Raynolds
Search for Beauty (1934)
Barbara Hilton
Ready for Love (1934)
Marigold Tate
Come On Marines! (1934)
Esther Cabot
I Lived With You (1933)
Prince of Arcadia (1933)
Money For Speed (1933)
High Finance (1933)
The Ghost Camera (1933)
The Love Race (1932)

Writer (Feature Film)

Private Hell 36 (1954)
Written for Screen by
The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
Screenwriter
Outrage (1950)
Wrt for the Screenplay by
Never Fear (1950)
Wrt for the Screenplay by
Not Wanted (1949)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Not Wanted (1949)
Producer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

Outrage (1950)
Company
Not Wanted (1949)
Company

Director (Special)

The Teenage Idol (1958)
Director

Cast (Special)

The Teenage Idol (1958)
Eve Adams (Guest)

Cast (Short)

La Fiesta de Santa Barbara (1935)
Herself

Life Events

1918

Born in London during a German zeppelin bombing

1932

Official film acting debut at age 14 in "Her First Affaire", promoted as "the English Jean Harlow"

1932

First film appearance (a bit) in "The Love Race", directed by her uncle, Lupino Lane

1933

Went to US under contract to Paramount; tested (unsuccessfully) for "Alice in Wonderland"

1934

US film debut in "Search for Beauty"

1937

Left film acting for about a year after the failure of "Fight for Your Lady"; spent time writing and composing music, including the score for one of her father's shows and a piece, "Aladdin Suite", performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic

1939

Achieved star status with "The Light That Failed"

1940

Signed contract with Warner Bros.

1941

Reported in "Picturegoer" magazine that "she gave up a contract at $1700 a week rather than play in unsuitable stories"

1946

First film as producer (uncredited co-producer), "Young Widow"

1947

Formed Arcadia Productions with Benedict Bogeaus; no films produced

1947

Left Warner Bros.

1948

Performed her own songs, including "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)", for her role as a nightclub singer in the film noir, "Road House"

1948

First film credited as producer (also first film for own company, Emerald Productions, Inc. which she co-founded with Collier Young and Anson Bond and named after her mother), "The Judge"

1949

Took over directing "Not Wanted" for an ailing Elmer Clifton; uncredited

1949

Credited feature film directing and co-writing debut, "Never Fear"

1950

Changed name of production company to The Filmakers; took on writer Marvin Wald as another partner

1951

Joined with David Niven, Dick Powell and Charles Boyer to form Four Star Productions

1951

Reportedly helmed portions of the feature "On Dangerous Ground" while director Nicholas Ray was ill

1956

Acted in last feature films for 13 years, "While the City Sleeps" and "Strange Intruder"

1966

Directed last feature film, "The Trouble with Angels"

1969

Returned to acting in feature films in "Backtrack"

1982

Appeared in cameo role in only film of the 1980s, "Deadhead Miles"

1987

Featured in footage used in "American Lifestyles", a six-part compilation film using material from the "March of Time" newsreels from 1939 to 1950

Photo Collections

Artists and Models (1937) - Publicity Stills
Artists and Models (1937) - Publicity Stills
Artists and Models - Scene Stills
Artists and Models - Scene Stills
Artists and Models - Movie Posters
Artists and Models - Movie Posters
Woman in Hiding - Movie Posters
Woman in Hiding - Movie Posters
Artists and Models - Lobby Cards
Artists and Models - Lobby Cards
Artists and Models - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Artists and Models - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Sea Wolf - Wardrobe Stills
The Sea Wolf - Wardrobe Stills
While the City Sleeps - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for While the City Sleeps (1956). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
Beware, My Lovely - Scene Stills
Here are a few scene stills from RKO's Beware, My Lovely (1952), starring Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan.
Woman in Hiding - Behind-the-Scenes Photo
Here is a photo taken behind-the-scenes during production of Woman in Hiding (1949), starring Ida Lupino and Stephen McNally.
Woman in Hiding - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of lobby cards from Woman in Hiding (1949), starring Ida Lupino and Stephen McNally.
They Drive by Night - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Warner Bros' They Drive by Night (1940), starring George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart, and Ida Lupino. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
On Dangerous Ground - Lobby Card
Here is a Lobby Card from On Dangerous Ground (1952). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
On Dangerous Ground - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from On Dangerous Ground (1952), starring Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino.
Sea Devils - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from RKO's Sea Devils (1937), starring Victor McLaglen, Ida Lupino, and Preston Foster. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Ladies in Retirement - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Columbia Pictures' Ladies in Retirement (1941), starring Ida Lupino, Louis Hayward, and Evelyn Keyes. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Gay Desperado - Movie Poster
Here is an original half-sheet movie poster from The Gay Desperado (1936), starring Nino Martini and Ida Lupino. Half-sheets measured 22 x 28 inches.
The Trouble with Angels - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Trouble with Angels (1966), starring Rosalind Russell and Hayley Mills. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Sea Devils - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster from RKO's Sea Devils (1937). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Ida Lupino - Portrait Publicity Stills
Here are several portrait publicity photos of actress and director Ida Lupino.

Videos

Movie Clip

Sea Wolf, The (1941) -- A Criminal Offense First scene for both Ruth (Ida Lupino) and Van Weyden (Alexander Knox), catching a ferry out of San Francisco, her situation desperate, in Michael Curtiz's The Sea Wolf, 1941, from the Jack London novel, also starring John Garfield and Edward G. Robinson in the title role.
Pillow To Post (1945) - All You Have To Do Is Marry Me! As oil-equipment sales-person Jean in wartime Southern California, Ida Lupino has been hoping to waylay a Lieutenant to pose as her husband so she can secure a cabin at a military trailer park, just about giving up when William Prince as Lt. Mallory happens by, in Pillow To Post, 1945.
Pillow To Post (1945) - Watcha Say? (Louis Armstrong) Ida Lupino as sales-gal Jean is juggling William Prince as soldier Don, posing as her husband so she could get military housing, and Johnny Mitchell as client Slim, who wanted a dinner date, while Louis Armstrong leads his band with Dorothy Dandridge singing a tune by Burton Lane and Ted Koehler, in Pillow To Post, 1945.
Women's Prison (1955) - She Is Not A Criminal Doc Crane and superintendent Van Zandt (famously turbulent married couple Howard Duff and Ida Lupino) tangle over a new inmate (Jan Sterling as Helene Jensen), who gets scolded by Saunders (Mae Clarke) and supported by Brenda (Jan Sterling), on her first night inside, in Women’s Prison, 1955.
Women's Prison (1955) - Open, You're More Than Welcome Terrific momentum, Lewis Seiler directs the quasi-documentary open, with a pointed grievance in the narration, from the original screenplay by Jack DeWitt and Crane Wilbur, as deputy Green (Lorna Thayer) delivers nervous Helene (Phyllis Thaxter) and brassy recidivist Brenda (Jan Sterling), Frank Sully the turnkey, Mae Clarke as matron Saunders, in Women’s Prison, 1955.
Women's Prison (1955) - I'm Here For A Post-Graduate Course Traumatized Helene (Phyllis Thaxter) finally joins the population after two initial weeks in quarantine, meeting friend Brenda (Jan Sterling), her pal Mae (Cleo Moore), Adelle August as Grace and Vivian Marshall as sparky Dottie, in Women’s Prison, 1955, starring Ida Lupino.
Hitch-Hiker, The (1953) - You Like To Shoot? The presence of the murderous hitcher Myers (William Talman) well-known to the audience but not to weekend-ing buddies Roy and Gilbert (Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy), as they meet along the California/Mexico border, assured direction by Ida Lupino, in The Hitch-Hiker, 1953.
Hitch-Hiker, The (1953) - A Man And A Gun And A Car An audacious grab for attention, a series of increasingly grim events and the newspaper-photo introduction of William Talman who is, in fact, the bad guy, comprising director and co-writer Ida Lupino's opening to The Hitch-Hiker, 1953, also starring Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy.
Hitch-Hiker, The (1953) - Rabbit For Dinner Killer hitcher Myers (William Talman) is getting help from hostages Collins (Edmond O'Brien) and Bowen (Frank Lovejoy) as he plans his escape along the Mexican border, when he gets an idea for a game, Ida Lupino directing, in The Hitch-Hiker, 1953.
Hard Way, The (1943) - You'll Get Out Older sister Helen (Ida Lupino) catches Katherine (Joan Leslie) on the porch with vaudevillian Albert (Jack Carson), husband Sam (Roman Bohnen) getting steamed, then a scheme developing, in Vincent Sherman's melodrama The Hard Way, 1943.
Hard Way, The (1943) - They Asked Me Why Director Vincent Sherman's opening, Ida Lupino eventually introduced as "Helen," Emory Parnell the cop, into a flashback featuring little sister Katherine (Joan Leslie), in The Hard Way, 1943.
Hard Way, The (1943) - Last Night You Said Louisville Older sister Helen (Ida Lupino) laying a shrewd line on traveling vaudevillian Albert (Jack Carson), who then springs younger sister Katherine (Joan Leslie) on partner Paul (Dennis Morgan) as they leave town, in The Hard Way, 1943.

Trailer

Devotion (1946) -- (Original Trailer) The Bronte sisters and their brother fight personal demons in the film biography, Devotion (1946),with Ida Lupino & Olivia de Havilland.
Hollywood Canteen -- (Original Trailer) Half of Hollywood pitches in to help a serviceman and a starlet find love at the Hollywood Canteen (1944)
Deep Valley - (Original Trailer) A farmer's daughter (Ida Lupino) helps an escaped convict (Dane Clark) through the Dark Valley (1947).
They Drive By Night - (Re-issue trailer) Truck-driving brothers are framed for murder by a psychotic woman in They Drive By Night (1940), starring George Raft & Humphrey Bogart.
Thank Your Lucky Stars - (Original Trailer) An Eddie Cantor look-alike organizes an all-star show to help the war effort in Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) with guest appearances by Bette Davis, Errol Flynn & Humphrey Bogart.
Sea Devils - (Original Trailer) A feud between Coast Guardsmen heats up when one falls for the other's daughter in Sea Devils (1937).
Beware, My Lovely - (Original Trailer) A widow discovers her handyman is an escaped mental patient in Beware, My Lovely (1952) starring Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan.
On Dangerous Ground - (Original Trailer) A tough cop sent to help in a mountain manhunt falls for the quarry's blind sister in On Dangerous Ground (1952) starring Robert Ryan.
Pillow to Post - (Original Trailer) A girl (Ida Lupino) pretends to be a war bride to get a hotel room in Washington. Co-starring Sydney Greenstreet.
In Our Time - (Original Trailer) A Polish count (Paul Henreid) and his English wife (Ida Lupino) battle Nazi invaders In Our Time (1944).
Hard Way, The - (Original Trailer) Ambitious Ida Lupino wants to make her sister a star even if she has to do it The Hard Way (1942).
Man I Love, The - (Original Trailer) Night-club singer Ida Lupino gets involved with mobster Robert Alda in Raoul Walsh's The Man I Love (1947).

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Family

George Lupino
Grandfather
Actor, dancer.
Stanley Lupino
Father
Comedian, actor. Born in London on May 15, 1893; died in 1942.
Connie Emerald
Mother
Actor.
Ivor Novello
Godfather
Actor, playwright, composer. Born on January 15, 1893; died in 1951.
Lupino Lane
Uncle
Comedian, actor, director. Born on June 6, 1892; died in 1959; starred in many popular comedy shorts in Hollywood in the 1920s and in such feature films as "The Love Parade" (1929).
Wallace Lupino
Uncle
Actor.
Barry Lupino
Uncle
Actor.
Mark Lupino
Uncle
Rita Lupino
Sister
Actor. Appeared in several films directed by Lupino.
Bridgett Mirella Duff
Daughter
Born on April 23, 1952; father, Howard Duff; nominal inspiration for TV production company for series "Mr. Adams and Eve" (1957-58), starring Lupino and Howard Duff.

Companions

Louis Hayward
Husband
Actor. Born on March 19, 1909; married in 1938; divorced in 1945; acted opposite Lupino in "Ladies in Retirement" (1941); died on February 21, 1985.
Collier Young
Husband
Executive, producer. Married in 1948; divorced in 1950; met Lupino while working as Harry Cohn's executive assistant at Columbia; formed Filmakers, Inc. production company together; co-owned company with Lupino until 1980.
Howard Duff
Husband
Actor. Born on August 24, 1913; married in October 1951; divorced in 1983; had been living apart for the last 11 years of their marriage; acted together in such films as "Woman in Hiding" (1950), "Jennifer" (1953), "Private Hell 36" (1954) and "While the City Sleeps" (1956), as well as the TV series, "Mr. Adams and Eve" (1957-58); father of Lupino's daughter Bridgett; died on July 8, 1990.

Bibliography

"Ida Lupino: A Biography"
William Donati, University of Kentucky Press (1996)
"Queen of the B's: Ida Lupino Behind the Camera"
Annette Kuhn (1995)
"Ida Lupino"
Jerry Vermilye

Notes

Lupino's birth year is open to question: other dates given are 1914, 1916 and 1919.

"'My father once said to me, 'You're born to be bad,' she recalled. 'And it was true. I made eight films in England before I came to America, and I played a tramp or a slut in all of them.'" --From TThe Hollywood Reporter, August 7, 1995.

"Although she won a best actress award from the New York Film Critics in 1943 for her role as a domineering sister in The Hard Way", she came to view her Hollywood acting career a failure and once referred to herself as 'the poor man's Bette Davis.'" --From The Hollywood Reporter, August 7, 1995.

"Her films [as a director] display the obsessions and consistencies of a true auteur. ... What is most interesting about her films are not her stories of unwed motherhood or the tribulation of career women, but the way in which she uses male actors: particulary in "The Bigamist" and "The Hitchhiker" (both 1953), Lupino was able to reduce the male to the same sort of dangerous, irrational force that women represented in most male-directed examples of Hollywood film noir." --Richard Koszarski in "Hollywood Directors 1914-40" (Oxford University Press, 1976)

"She regarded her own directorial career as an unconventional choice for a woman, and had remarked in an interview that she'd rather be cooking her man's dinner. However, the content and technical virtuosity of her work belie this statement and point to a very wily director who knows the uses of conventionality as a tool." --Barbara Scharres in The Film Center Gazette (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, February 1987).