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My Sister Eileen (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 24 September 1942 (USA)
Sisters Ruth and Eileen Sherwood move from Ohio to New York in the hopes of building their careers. Ruth wants to get a job as a writer, while Eileen hopes to succeed on the stage. The two ... See full summary »

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Alexander Hall

Writers:

Joseph Fields (screenplay), Jerome Chodorov (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rosalind Russell ... Ruth Sherwood
Brian Aherne ... Robert Baker
Janet Blair ... Eileen Sherwood
George Tobias ... Appopolous
Allyn Joslyn ... Chic Clark
Grant Mitchell ... Walter Sherwood
Gordon Jones ... 'The Wreck' Loomis
Elizabeth Patterson ... Grandma Sherwood
Richard Quine ... Frank Lippincott
June Havoc ... Effie Shelton
Donald MacBride ... Officer Lonigan
Frank Sully ... Jenson
Clyde Fillmore Clyde Fillmore ... Ralph Craven
Jeff Donnell ... Helen Loomis (as Miss Jeff Donnell)
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Storyline

Sisters Ruth and Eileen Sherwood move from Ohio to New York in the hopes of building their careers. Ruth wants to get a job as a writer, while Eileen hopes to succeed on the stage. The two end up living in a dismal basement apartment in Greenwich Village, where a parade of odd characters are constantly breezing in and out. The women also meet up with magazine editor Bob Baker, who takes a personal interest in helping both with their career plans. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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The Famous Broadway Coast-to-Coast Stage Hit Hilariously Hits the Screen!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ma soeur est capricieuse See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to a contemporary New York Times article, Columbia Pictures paid $225,000 for the rights to the story ($3.5M in 2017). See more »

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On Frank's first visit to the apartment, he goes to put his comb away in his jacket pocket twice between shots. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Sherwood: i hope some fresh air gropes its way in here - it's stifling!
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Referenced in Acropolis Now: My Sister Aphroula (1990) See more »

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Delightful comedy from B'way stage hit...Russell at her best...
20 August 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

ROSALIND RUSSELL was always at her best in comedies and here she had a role that got her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in 1942--and it's easy to see why. She's downright hilarious as the gal from Ohio with writing ambitions and a pretty blonde sister (JANET BLAIR) with a penchant for attracting men and trouble.

All the wacky situations stem from their Greenwich Village basement apartment which seems to have more visitors than Grand Central Station. It's all exaggerated fluff, but it works, thanks to a fine cast and sterling performances.

RICHARD QUINE and GORDON JONES do repeats of their Broadway roles, and DONALD MacBRIDE as a policeman who wants quiet on his route is hilarious. JUNE HAVOC makes a brief appearance as a medium who used to live in the girls' apartment. GEORGE TOBIAS, as the opportunistic landlord with the Greek accent, is at his funniest in a colorful supporting role.

My favorite moment is the conga sequence with Russell and Blair trying to get rid of sailors who don't speak a word of English, creating a disturbance that lands Blair in jail. Janet Blair is pleasant as the blonde bombshell but it's Russell who milks the most out of her role and gets all the laughs. She's terrific.

BRIAN AHERNE does what he can with the role of the talkative editor, but it's not much of a part. Still, he adds a certain debonair charm to the role.

Summing up: Notable chiefly as a terrific vehicle for Russell's unique brand of comic talent.


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