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My Sister Eileen (1942)

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Sisters Ruth and Eileen Sherwood move from Ohio to New York in the hopes of building their careers. Ruth wants to get a job as a writer, while Eileen hopes to succeed on the stage. The two ... See full summary »



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


Cast overview:
Allyn Joslyn ...
Walter Sherwood
Gordon Jones ...
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Grandma Sherwood
Richard Quine ...
Effie Shelton
Donald MacBride ...
Officer Lonigan
Frank Sully ...
Clyde Fillmore ...
Ralph Craven
Jeff Donnell ...
Helen Loomis (as Miss Jeff Donnell)


Sisters Ruth and Eileen Sherwood move from Ohio to New York in the hopes of building their careers. Ruth wants to get a job as a writer, while Eileen hopes to succeed on the stage. The two end up living in a dismal basement apartment in Greenwich Village, where a parade of odd characters are constantly breezing in and out. The women also meet up with magazine editor Bob Baker, who takes a personal interest in helping both with their career plans. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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Release Date:

24 September 1942 (USA)  »

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My Sister Eileen  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The "Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30-minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 18, 1943 with Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Janet Blair and George Tobias reprising their film roles. See more »


When Bob puts Ruth in the taxicab outside of the police station, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen moving across the hood of the cab. See more »


[last lines]
Subway Builder: Hey Moe, I think we made da wrong toin!
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Version of My Sister Eileen (1955) See more »


Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech
Sung by Gordon Jones
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Several big laughs, and Russell is a real peach...
2 July 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Ruth McKenney's series of autobiographical articles about siblings from Columbus, Ohio relocated to wacky Greenwich Village was initially turned into a play before this movie version (it later went back to the stage as the musical "Wonderful Town", winning a Tony award for Rosalind Russell), and in 1955 was filmed again as "My Sister Eileen" with the songs. Russell appears here as Ruth (the smart, savvy sister who longs to be a writer) and Janet Blair is sister Eileen (the pretty blonde with hopes of becoming an actress). They move into the noisiest hovel in New York, with a steady stream of foot-traffic and neighbors who barge in without knocking. Some of these characters are colorful, though the comic craziness is pitched a little high, and everyone overacts (cheerfully). Russell (who got an Oscar nomination for her dryly bemused performance) sports an awful potato-chip hairstyle which must have been all the rage in 1942; her double takes and facial exaggerations are often very funny, and she plays well off Blair (they take turns playing the jester and the straight-face). Is it ridiculous and over-the-top? Absolutely. But when the results are this friendly, it's useless to complain. **1/2 from ****

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