Directed by Ida Lupino

Directed by Ida Lupino

6 Episodes

British-born actor-filmmaker Ida Lupino was already renowned as a captivating performer in front of the camera when she became one of the only women to establish herself as a director in the Hollywood studio system of the fifties. As head of her own production company, the Filmmakers, she exerted a unique autonomy over her career choices, tackling taboo issues in hard-hitting “social problem” films like NOT WANTED and THE BIGAMIST and becoming the first woman to direct a noir with the tough-as-nails classic THE HITCH-HIKER. Blending expressionist intensity with gritty realism, her films are dark, unflinching examinations of midcentury American society marked by a unique sensitivity to the concerns of women.

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Directed by Ida Lupino
  • Ida Lupino Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Introducing Ida Lupino

    Episode 2

    Critic Imogen Sara Smith takes us through the fascinating career of this trailblazing “quintuple threat” talent.

  • Not Wanted

    Episode 3

    Directed by Ida Lupino • 1949 • United States
    Starring Sally Forrest, Keefe Brasselle, Leo Penn

    In Ida Lupino’s directorial debut, 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 pres...

  • Never Fear

    Episode 4

    Directed by Ida Lupino • 1950 • United States
    Starring Sally Forrest, Keefe Brassellle, Hugh O’Brian

    With the polio epidemic striking terror in the hearts of millions—in 1949, it caused more than 2,700 deaths in the U.S. alone—Ida Lupino made this semiautobiographical melodrama about a dancer...

  • The Bigamist

    Episode 5

    Directed by Ida Lupino • 1953 • United States
    Starring Edmond O’Brien, Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino

    Director Ida Lupino stars alongside Edmond O’Brien and Joan Fontaine in this amazingly complex portrait of a weak-willed but sympathetic salesman who spins an elaborate double life with two wives:...

  • The Hitch-Hiker

    Episode 6

    Directed by Ida Lupino • 1953 • United States
    Starring Edmond O’Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman

    Beyond its obvious cultural significance as the only classic film noir directed by a woman, this is simply one of the most nightmarish motion pictures of the 1950s. Inspired by the true-life m...