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My Sister Eileen (1955)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 22 September 1955 (USA)
After submitting a story of her beautiful sister, a woman assumes her identity to maintain the attention of a playboy publisher.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writers:

Blake Edwards (screenplay), Richard Quine (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Leigh ... Eileen Sherwood
Jack Lemmon ... Robert 'Bob' Baker
Betty Garrett ... Ruth Sherwood
Bob Fosse ... Frank (as Robert Fosse)
Kurt Kasznar ... 'Papa' Appopolous
Dick York ... Ted 'Wreck' Loomis (as Richard York)
Lucy Marlow ... Helen
Tommy Rall ... Chick
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Helen's Mother
Horace McMahon ... Police Officer Lonigan
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Second Drunk
Hal March Hal March ... Pete - First Drunk
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Storyline

Ruth and her beautiful sister Eileen come to New York's Greenwich Village looking for "fame, fortune and a 'For Rent' sign on Barrow Street". They find an apartment (such as it is!), but fame and fortune are a lot more elusive. Ruth gets the attention of playboy publisher Bob Baker when she submits a story about her gorgeous sister Eileen. She tries to keep his attention by convincing him that she, (a "spinsterish old-maid writer") and the gorgeous, man-getting Eileen are one and the same person. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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That Joyous New Musical !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

22 September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gay Girls See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) (RCA Sound Recording)| Mono (optical prints) (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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When Ruth first visits the Brazilian training ship, it's docked next to two US Navy destroyers. They're DD 531, the Hazelwood, and DD 537, The Sullivans. See more »

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When Eileen is dancing at El Morocco, she is wearing shoes with small heels. Later on that night when they dance at the bandstand, Eileen is wearing flat shoes. See more »

Quotes

Receptionist: Mr. Wallace, she isn't on the list.
Mr. Wallace: Don't be so technical, Miss Stevenson. Was America on Columbus' map?
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Connections

Version of Wonderful Town (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Give Me A Band And My Baby
Music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Betty Garrett, Janet Leigh, Bob Fosse and Tommy Rall
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Nice musical, but somewhat mystifying ...
13 September 2007 | by dmnemaineSee all my reviews

I recently saw this musical, and enjoyed it very much. There is only one thing that puzzles me though. First, a little history of "My Sister Eileen". It originated as a series of short stories by Ruth McKenney that eventually was published as a book in 1938. In 1940 the book was adapted as a non-musical play. In 1942, Columbia produced a film version of the play. In 1953, Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green wrote the music and lyrics for the hit Broadway musical adaptation retitled "Wonderful Town". Then two years later, in 1955, Columbia released this musical version. What puzzles me is that it seems that Columbia completely ignored the hit Broadway show of just two years prior, as if it never existed. It's interesting that they would have Jule Styne and Leo Robin write a completely new score for the film, when the superb Bernstein/Comden & Green score was already there. The Styne/Robin score is very good, but in no way does it compare to "Wonderful Town".


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