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Director:
Writers:
Joseph Fields (screenplay) &
Jerome Chodorov (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
24 September 1942 (USA) See more »
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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:
Is that a Streetsweeper in My Livingroom 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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96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The movie is based on the real-life experiences of Ruth McKinney, and her sister Eileen. In 1934, Ruth and Eileen McKinney moved to New York from Columbus, Ohio. They rented a $45-a-month basement apartment at 14 Gay Street in Greenwich Village, above the Christopher Street subway station. Ruth wrote about their eccentric neighbors and the trials of living in a basement apartment in her column titled, "My Sister Eileen," which was published in the "New Yorker" (called "The Manhattaner" in the movie). As seen in the film, "New Yorker" editor Harold Ross was at first reluctant to publish Ruth McKinney's columns, preferring to keep his magazine a "High Society" publication, but he eventually relented. Ruth's columns were gathered in a book, "My Sister Eileen," which was published in 1938. Eileen McKinney moved to Los Angeles, where she married novelist and screenwriter Nathaniel West (author of the perennial Hollywood novel, "The Day of the Locust"). Unfortunately, Eileen McKinney and Nathanael West were both killed in a car accident in Los Angeles on December 22, 1940, only four days before they were scheduled to attend the Broadway opening of the play, "My Sister Eileen." Ruth McKinney died in 1972 at age 60.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 Wonderful Town (1958) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia TechSee more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Is that a Streetsweeper in My Livingroom, 4 July 2008
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

It's a circus, but you don't need an admission ticket. You can even peek in from the street and catch all the antics on your way to work. It's Ruth and Eileen's sub-level flat, and rents for only $48 a month with open grillwork onto a chaotic Greenwich Village street scene. Are these two ambitious Mid-western sisters ready for a pro-football player who sleeps over, a fast-talking landlord who paints like a Dodo bird, and a mysterious stranger who walks in and refuses to leave, Then there's the battalion of Portuguese naval cadets who mistake the flat for a dance studio. It's all part of this wacky, fast-paced take on Life in the Big City.

It's all good, innocent fun of course with a tempo that seldom falters, and when things do slow, there's always an underground jolt to mix it up again. Naturally, Rosalind Russell as the caustic older sister gets all the good throw-away lines, while Janet Blair as Eileen gets all the wolf whistles. Then there's the assorted characters-- Gordon Jone's trademark good-natured galoot, George Tobias' fractured ethnic type, and Chick Chandler's silent stranger more creepy than humorous. And, of course, no urban scene of the day would be complete without the bulldog-face of Donald McBride as the ever cranky cop. Together, they turn the flat into a stopover on the way to the funny farm. I expect more than a few Mid-Westerners packed up for New York hoping to get a share of madcap city life.

On a more serious note, the movie was made at a time when the "common touch" was being celebrated in popular culture. After all, it would take a combined national effort to defeat the Axis powers. So, it's not surprising that many movies celebrated the America of the "melting pot", complete with ethnic types, blue-collar characters, and frequent references to Brooklyn, the symbol of the melding.

Anyway, it's still a fun movie even if some skits do strain a bit. I guess the moral is that no city is too big for the talented. And especially, for the shapely. Then too, make sure to stick around for a very last scene that could not be more inspired or appropriate.

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