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My Sister Eileen (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 24 September 1942 (USA)
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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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 <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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The Famous Broadway Coast-to-Coast Stage Hit Hilariously Hits the Screen!

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24 September 1942 (USA)  »

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Ma soeur est capricieuse  »

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Arnold Stang's first feature film. See more »

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On Frank's first visit to the apartment, he goes to put his comb away in his jacket pocket twice between shots. See more »

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'The Wreck' Loomis: [about his mother-in-law] I wanna wait until Mother's Day, and then sock her.
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Version of My Sister Eileen (1960) See more »

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Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech
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Written by Billy Walthall, Frank Roman, Charles Ives and Michael Greenblatt
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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