The Sisters (1938)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louise Elliott
Helen Elliott
William Benson
Tim Hazelton
Rose Elliott
Grace Elliott
Sam Johnson
Tom Knivel
Ned Elliott
Norman French
Lee Patrick ...
Flora Gibbon
Laura Hope Crews ...
Flora's Mother
Janet Shaw ...
Stella Johnson
Doc Moore


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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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 »


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 »


Louise Elliott Medlin: [to Grace] But if you love a man, you've got to understand his weaknesses as well as take pride in his strengths. and if you love him, you'll fight for him 'til you know he belongs to another woman.
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In My Merry Oldsmobile
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Music by Gus Edwards
Played at the election night ball
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Flynn and Davis in their youth
27 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a charming movie featuring an nonmustached, gorgeous Errol Flynn and a young, lovely Bette Davis. Davis gives a wonderful ingénue performance as the less fortunate of three pharmacist's daughters who live and love at the turn of the century (with the action beginning with the election of Roosevelt and ending with the election of Taft). The Davis character marries Errol Flynn, who runs into trouble with employment and alcohol. The other two daughters stay closer to home and do better. Davis, however, is determined to stand by her man and make her marriage work.

It's delightful to see these stars in somewhat different roles than they would play later in their careers. They are ably supported by Anita Louise, Jane Bryan, Ian Hunter, Beulah Bondi, Lee Patrick, Dick Foran, Alan Hale, and Laura Hope Crewes.

The Warners film intended to be true to the book - however, the preview cards demanded another ending. I have to say, I like the changed ending as well.

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