The Films of Ida Lupino

In an era when female voices are still trying to break through, it's almost impossible to comprehend Ida Lupino: a trailblazer whose work as one of Hollywood's first female directors moved between pure, uncut thrills and sly deconstructions of American life. Lupino's cinema is a rich constellation of brutal noir, heartbreaking melodrama, and sober-minded domestic tales — no two films quite the same, but her name a qualitative guarantee.

Not Wanted

In Ida Lupino's directorial debut NOT WANTED, young and naive "unwed mother" Sally Forrest's life spirals out of control after her musician beau (Leo Penn) ditches her for an out-of-town gig, despite the presence of another man (Keefe Brasselle) determined to win her heart.

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Never Fear

The second feature directed by Ida Lupino (The Hitch-Hiker), who herself had been stricken with polio as an adolescent. Carol Williams (Sally Forrest, Not Wanted) is a beautiful young dancer whose body, and promising career, is suddenly crippled by polio. Carol’s dance partner and fiancé, Guy Richards (Keefe Brasselle, A Place in the Sun), wants to see her through her illness, but the angry, self-pitying Carol prefers to go it alone.

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The Hitch-Hiker

Beyond its obvious cultural significance as the only classic film noir directed by a woman (actress Ida Lupino), The Hitch-Hiker is perhaps better remembered as simply one of the most nightmarish motion pictures of the 1950s. Part of the National Film Registry and newly restored in HD!

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The Bigamist

Edmond O'Brien, Joan Fontaine and Ida Lupino star in this amazingly sympathetic portrait of an ordinary salesman whom circumstances force into the arms of two women; an upper-crust lady and a tough-talking waitress.

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