The Mad Room


1h 32m 1969

Brief Synopsis

A brother and sister, suspected of mudering their parents, are released from a mental institution and come to stay with a wealthy widow and her firend. Soon, strange things start to happen.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Crime
Thriller
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 30 Apr 1969
Production Company
Norman Maurer Productions
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures
Country
United States
Location
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Ladies in Retirement by Reginal Denham and Edward Percy (New York, 26 Mar 1940) and the screenplay of the same name by Denham and Garrett Fort (Columbia, 1941).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color

Synopsis

Ellen Hardy is the companion to Mrs. Armstrong, a wealthy widow who lives with her stepson, Sam Aller, and her maid-secretary, Chris, in a huge old mansion. Ellen and Sam are preparing to marry when Ellen learns that her teenage brother and sister, George and Mandy, are to be released from the mental institution where they have been confined; as young children, they were the prime suspects in the brutal knife slaying of their sleeping parents, but it was never determined which of the two was responsible. Claiming that the youngsters were staying with an uncle who recently died, Ellen persuades the reluctant Mrs. Armstrong to allow them to move into the mansion. George and Mandy tell Ellen that they need a "mad room" where they can rid themselves of emotional hostilities, and Ellen secretly lets them use an attic study which Mrs. Armstrong has kept locked since her husband's death. Eventually, however, the widow learns about both the "mad room" and the children's past and demands that they leave. That night, Ellen finds Mrs. Armstrong hacked to death with one of her late husband's sabers. The children first suspect each other, but they finally realize that their sister, in her misguided attempts to shield them, committed both the present and the past murders. To cover up the crime, Ellen disposes of Mrs. Armstrong's corpse in a river and plants evidence indicating that the death was accidental. Unbeknown to Ellen, however, the family dog has carried off one of Mrs. Armstrong's severed hands. Ellen's mind totally snaps when she sees the animal carrying the hand, and Sam catches her as she is butchering the dog in the mansion basement.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Crime
Thriller
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 30 Apr 1969
Production Company
Norman Maurer Productions
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures
Country
United States
Location
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Ladies in Retirement by Reginal Denham and Edward Percy (New York, 26 Mar 1940) and the screenplay of the same name by Denham and Garrett Fort (Columbia, 1941).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color

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Trivia

Notes

Location scenes for the picture were filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Mad Room was remake of the 1941 Columbia release Ladies in Retirement, directed by Charles Vidor and starring Ida Lupino and Louis Hayward.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring April 1969

Remake of "Ladies in Retirement" (1941).

Released in United States Spring April 1969