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The Gay Sisters (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 1 August 1942 (USA)
Fiona, Evelyn and Susanna are sisters. Their mother dies on the Lusitania, their father is killed in France, they must manage their Fifth Avenue mansion by themselves. Fiona marries Charles... See full summary »

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(screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee), (novel)
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Cast

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Charles Barclay
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Evelyn Gaylord
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Ralph Pedloch
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Gig Young
Nancy Coleman ...
Susie Gaylord
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Herschell Gibbon
Larry Simms ...
Austin
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Penn Sutherland Gaylord
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Gilbert Wheeler
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Dick Tone
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Miss Ida Orner
Helene Thimig ...
Saskia (as Helen Thimig)
George Lessey ...
Judge Barrows
Charles Waldron ...
Mr. Van Rennseler (as Charles D. Waldron)
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Fiona, Evelyn and Susanna are sisters. Their mother dies on the Lusitania, their father is killed in France, they must manage their Fifth Avenue mansion by themselves. Fiona marries Charles Barclay in order to get an inheritance and he begins a campaign to obtain the mansion to level it for real estate development. She vows that this will never happen. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Drama | Romance

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1 August 1942 (USA)  »

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As Três Herdeiras  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The lead role was originally offered to Bette Davis, who sent a memo to Jack L. Warner, saying, "I do wish you'd give 'The Gay Sisters' to someone else." At the time freelance actress Mary Astor was considered for the Geraldine Fitzgerald role but ultimately assigned to The Maltese Falcon (1941) instead. See more »

Quotes

Charles Barkley: Why don't you use a little common sense?
Fiona Gaylord: I hate common sense, it's so common.
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Connections

Referenced in Death in Hollywood (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Frühlingslied (Spring Song), Op. 62, No. 6
(1842) (uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
In the score during the farm sequence
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Good melodrama
14 August 2002 | by (Ky.) – See all my reviews

When you have three fine actresses like Barbara Stanwyck, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Nancy Coleman, plus an intelligent script, and a good director, you have a very watchable movie. What makes the film particularly good is, that it concentrates on lives of each of the three sisters. Yes, it is a chick flick, but as a man, I found it quite engaging. The one weakness of the film, is George Brent, he lacks sexuality. But, the important point is, that it is an interesting story line, with complexity, and sophistication.


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