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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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Charles Barclay
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Evelyn Gaylord
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Ralph Pedloch
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Gig Young
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Susie Gaylord
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Herschell Gibbon
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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)
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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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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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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: Why don't you use a little common sense?
Fiona Gaylord: I hate common sense, it's so common.
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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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The one with the strange title
27 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the case of 1942's The Gay Sisters, more is supposed to mean better. The mansion set and the very epic-like nature of the sisters' story lines signify that it is a top-grade project from a top-grade studio (Warner Brothers). Barbara Stanwyck, as the older sister, Fiona Gaylord, seems to be particularly tough. She is never really a soft-touch, except in those moments where she undergoes a severe script-sanctioned transformation. But I think she is at her most real in this film, and it is more true to her off-screen self. Like the character she plays, she was also orphaned; and also, like the character she plays, she had one son, so in many ways, this project is tailor-made for Stanwyck. It is a treat watching her, and if modern audiences can get over the title, they will discover a classic gem.


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