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Ida Lupino  

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Director / Actor / Screenwriter
1914 - 1995
Born February 4, London, England
Key Production Country: USA 
Key Genres: Drama, Crime Drama, Film Noir
Key Collaborators: Collier Young (Producer/Screenwriter), Edmond O'Brien (Leading Player), Robert Clarke (Leading Player), Kenneth Patterson (Leading Character Player), Archie Stout (Cinematographer), Leith Stevens (Composer), Albert S. D'Agostino (Production Designer)
Highly Recommended: The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
Recommended: The Bigamist (1953)
Worth a Look: Not Wanted (1949) [c0-directed by Elmer Clifton], Outrage (1950), Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951)
Approach with Caution: The Trouble with Angels (1966)

Links: [ IMDB ] [ TCMDB ] [ All-Movie Guide ] [ Senses of Cinema: Great Directors ] [ Wikipedia ] [ Ida Lupino: Queen of the B's ] [ Bright Lights Film Journal Article ] [ The Museum of Broadcast Communications ] [ Biography.com ] [ L Magazine Article (2010) ] [ Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera ] [ Official Site ]

Books: [ Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera ] [ Ida Lupino: A Biography ] [ Queen of the B's: Ida Lupino Behind the Camera ] [ Ida Lupino as Film Director ]
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250 Quintessential Noir Films: The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
 
The Hitch-Hiker (1953)Outrage (1950)The Bigamist (1953)The Trouble with Angels (1966)
 
     
  "Famed as an actress who specialised in playing strong-willed, independent women, Lupino was also the only female writer-director in Hollywood during the 40s and 50s. Because her three films (Never Fear, Outrage and Hard, Fast and Beautiful) dealt respectively with an unmarried mother, a rape victim and a daughter forced into playing professional tennis by a domineering mother, she is often characterised as a proto-feminist film-maker...the low-profile of her work behind the camera is in need of serious reappraisal." - Geoff Andrew (The Director's Vision, 1999)  
     
  "She was a woman director of real personality; her pictures are as tough and quick as those of Samuel Fuller. She was a pioneer for women, especially because she carved out her own territory instead of just waiting to be asked...She proved herself a competent director of second features, and an early discoverer of feminist themes. Thus The Bigamist is not just melodrama, but a critique of woman's vulnerability." - David Thomson (The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, 2002)  
     
  ""I'd love to see more women working as directors and producers. Today it's almost impossible to do it unless you are an actress or writer with power...I wouldn't hesitate right this minute to hire a talented woman if the subject matter were right." - Ida Lupino  
     
  "Graphic suspense dramas with psychological overtones make Lupino's directorial career worth studying." - William R. Meyer (The Film Buff's Catalog, 1978)  
     
 
 

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