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Director:
Writers:
Joseph Fields (screenplay) &
Jerome Chodorov (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
24 September 1942 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
A decent film, but often it seemed to try a bit too hard. See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Rosalind Russell ... Ruth Sherwood

Brian Aherne ... Robert Baker

Janet Blair ... Eileen Sherwood

George Tobias ... Appopolous
Allyn Joslyn ... Chic Clark

Grant Mitchell ... Walter Sherwood
Gordon Jones ... 'The Wreck' Loomis
Elizabeth Patterson ... Grandma Sherwood
Richard Quine ... Frank Lippincott

June Havoc ... Effie Shelton
Donald MacBride ... Officer Lonigan
Frank Sully ... Jenson
Clyde Fillmore ... Ralph Craven
Jeff Donnell ... Helen Loomis (as Miss Jeff Donnell)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Adrian ... Cadet (uncredited)
Kirk Alyn ... Portuguese Merchant Marine Cadet (uncredited)
Don Barclay ... Drunk (uncredited)
Richard Bartell ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
Chick Chandler ... Air Raid Warden (uncredited)
Peggy Converse ... Receptionist (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Chef in Italian Restaurant (uncredited)
Chavo de Leon ... Portuguese Merchant Marine Cadet (uncredited)
Dudley Dickerson ... Redcap (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Policeman (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Griswald - Policeman (uncredited)
Robert Elliott ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)

Larry Fine ... Subway Builder (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Murphy - Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Halton ... Mr. Hawkins - Newspaper Editor (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Man in Craven's Outer Office (uncredited)
Hallene Hill ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Curly Howard ... Subway Builder (uncredited)
Lewis Howard ... Heller - Stage Manager (uncredited)

Moe Howard ... Subway Builder (uncredited)
Robert Kellard ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Phyllis Kennedy ... Annie Wilkerson (uncredited)
Adia Kuznetzoff ... Cossack (uncredited)
Charles La Torre ... Captain Amadato (uncredited)
Pat Lane ... Policeman (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Douglas Leavitt ... Henry Harvey (uncredited)
Tom Lincir ... Portuguese Merchant Marine Cadet (uncredited)
Danny Mummert ... Boy (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Newspaperman (uncredited)
Minna Phillips ... Mrs. Wade (uncredited)
Tito Renaldo ... Portuguese Merchant Marine Cadet (uncredited)
Bert Roach ... Pete the Drunk (uncredited)
Walter Sande ... Jackson - Policeman (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Prospective Tenant (uncredited)

Arnold Stang ... Jimmy (uncredited)
George Travell ... Portuguese Merchant Marine Cadet (uncredited)

Forrest Tucker ... Sandhog (uncredited)
Armand 'Curly' Wright ... Strawberry Vendor (uncredited)

Directed by
Alexander Hall 
 
Writing credits
Joseph Fields (screenplay) &
Jerome Chodorov (screenplay)

Joseph Fields (play) and
Jerome Chodorov (play)

Ruth McKenney (stories)

Produced by
Max Gordon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Sidney Cutner (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Viola Lawrence 
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Mull .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Fay Babcock .... interior decorator (as Ray Babcock)
Cary Odell .... associate art director
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
 
Other crew
Max Gordon .... producer: original stage production
 

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Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
Rosalind Russell shares the screen with actress and former vaudevillian June Havoc. Twenty years later, Russell portrayed Havoc's mother in the musical Gypsy (1962).See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: 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 »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Subway Builder:Hey Moe, I think we made da wrong toin!
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Movie Connections:
Version of "My Sister Eileen" (1960)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia TechSee more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A decent film, but often it seemed to try a bit too hard., 3 February 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

The film begins in Columbus, Ohio and young Eileen has visions of stardom on the stage--though she only has worked in community theater. Her older sister, Rosalind Russell, is an aspiring writer and they agree to both go to New York to seek fame and fortune. Along the way, they meet a bazillion crazy characters who wander into their basement apartment faster than is humanly possible. And, yes, I truly do mean wander into the apartment. It's like Grand Central Station in there and after a while the gimmick just doesn't make sense. Subtle it ain't!

MY SISTER EILEEN is a screwball comedy that is very, very aware that that is exactly what it should be. While often cute and enjoyable, all too often the film seems to think that by being too loud, too chaotic and too goofy, it will be a successful film. Personally, I enjoyed it but wish they'd perhaps slowed the whole thing down and tried for at least some subtlety and style. It made the pacing of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE and BRINGING UP BABY seem absolutely slow by comparison!! Throughout this film, whenever the action seems to slow, the film makers seem to just randomly toss characters into the mix with the instructions "act kooky"--sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. As a result, it's a very hit or miss production. However, fortunately, the film ends on a very high note with a surprise (and funny) cameo appearance. I won't say more--it might spoil the fun.

Overall, it's a good time-passer and a decent film, but don't expect magic.

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