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The Sisters (1938)

 -  Drama  -  14 October 1938 (USA)
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Three daughters of a small down pharmacist undergo trials and tribulations in their problematic marriages between 1904 and 1908.

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Frank Medlin
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Louise Elliott
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Helen Elliott
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William Benson
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Tim Hazelton
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Rose Elliott
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Grace Elliott
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Tom Knivel
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Ned Elliott
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Norman French
Lee Patrick ...
Flora Gibbon
Laura Hope Crews ...
Flora's Mother
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Stella Johnson
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Doc Moore
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Sisters Louise Elliott, Helen Elliott and Grace Elliott - the daughters of pharmacist Ned Elliott and his wife Rose Elliott - are considered the most attractive and desirable young women in 1904 Silver Bow, Montana. The eldest Louise is the smart, practical one who is pre-engaged to stuffy Tom Knivel, middle daughter Helen is the one who wants excitement in her life regardless of love, and youngest Grace is the naive one. Louise's practicality is why it is somewhat of a surprise when she immediately falls in love with newspaper sportswriter and aspiring novelist Frank Medlin, marries him and runs off with him to his home base of San Francisco. Long pursuing him, Helen marries wealthy older Sam Johnson, who she doesn't love, but who can provide the exciting lifestyle she wants. And Grace, nursing his broken heart, marries Tom. As each sister endures the problems in her marriage - Louise's whose becomes the most obvious as Frank drowns whatever his problems in life in a bottle of booze,... Written by Huggo

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Trivia

According to contemporary news reports, Anita Louise hated wearing a corset for this film. Bette Davis didn't mind it quite so much. See more »

Goofs

At the ball on the night of Theodore Roosevelt's presidential election in 1901, the song "In My Merry Oldsmobile" is played. This song wasn't published until 1905. See more »

Quotes

Ned Elliott: Rose, maybe when a man has everything he wants, it's time to die. He waits too long; it's liable to turn sour on him.
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(Oh My Darling) Clementine
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Music by Percy Montrose
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excellent family drama
20 February 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This movie is about three affluent sisters, the men they marry and the result this has on their lives. The focus in particular is on Bette Davis and her unwise choice of Errol Flynn for a husband. This SHOULDN'T come as a big surprise to the audience, as this sort of behavior is more expected from the real-life Flynn than the other male leads! The other sisters have differing success with their love lives, though through it all they have a strong sense of family and decency.

The movie scores high marks for excellent acting, writing and production values. While not the best Warner Brothers has to offer, it certainly is among their better efforts.


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