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The Gay Sisters (1942)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  1 August 1942 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Fiona Gaylord
George Brent ...
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
Donald Woods ...
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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Storyline

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

Similarities between the film's "Gaylord" family and the real "Vanderbilt" family, and the "Barclay Square" project in the film and New York's "Rockefeller Center" was noted by Variety's reviewer. See more »

Quotes

Charles Barkley: Fiona, I love you.
Fiona Gaylord: I hate you.
Charles Barkley: Wouldn't have me if I was the last man on earth, would you?
Fiona Gaylord: No.
Charles Barkley: Good, we can go somewhere from there. I was afraid you might have grown indifferent to me.
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Sung a cappella by Barbara Stanwyck
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"What I want, I take, and what I take, I love."
5 August 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The three Gaylord sisters (Barbara Stanwyck, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Nancy Coleman), lose their parents at an early age and fight to keep their family mansion. George Brent plays the guy after the mansion and when you find out why your eyes will roll so hard they'll fall out of your head. Stanwyck is feisty to the point of obnoxiousness and Brent is a prick. He's also a rapist, if I interpreted one crucial scene correctly. Very disappointing melodrama with a plot that's much ado about nothing. Inappropriate moments of humor don't help. Protracted opening with Donald Woods as the father who goes on and on about the family legacy and what it means to be a Gaylord has next to nothing to do with the rest of the movie. One little bit of interesting trivia: actor (and future murderer) Gig Young took his stage name from the character he plays in this movie. Before this he went by his real name of Byron Barr.


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