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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:
The Sherwood Sisters Take New York 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:
The Three Stooges show up at the very end of the movie as subway builders breaking through the floor of the apartment.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:
Ruth Sherwood:[reading cereal box] Nature's Broom. Gonna have breakfast all day long...
Eileen Sherwood:Oh, but it's good for you. It's roughage.
Ruth Sherwood:I like to vary it with a little smoothage, like a steak!
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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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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
The Sherwood Sisters Take New York, 4 February 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Rosalind Russell got her first trip to the Oscars via her performance as the sensible Ruth Sherwood who wants a career as a writer, but has to worry about looking after that other sibling of her's who moved with her to New York from Columbus, Ohio, My Sister Eileen.

Imagine if you will a story where the heroine's wise and wisecracking best friend is the lead character and you've got My Sister Eileen. In most films Russell's character would be played by Eve Arden, but here what makes the film original is that the normal supporting role is the lead. As good a job as Russell does, I kind of wish Harry Cohn had thought of Arden for the lead.

The Sherwood sisters move from Columbus to make their mark in the big city and in one respect New York hasn't changed. Housing is pretty tough to come by and the sisters have to settle for a basement apartment in Greenwich Village. The apartment is owned by George Tobias, part time artist, and full time lech. But with Janet Blair as Eileen, he's just one of many.

Most of the action takes place in the Sherwood apartment where people just seem to come and go like it was Grand Central Station. Russell's wit and intelligence might scare off some people, she interests Brian Aherne however who works at a magazine she's trying to land a job with.

As for Blair she wants to be an actress and her obvious charm and naive sex appeal have the men swarming around her. This part was Janet Blair's first big break on screen and made her career.

Rosalind Russell in getting a nomination for Best Actress got the only Oscar recognition the film received. Roz was up against one tough field. Her's was the only comedy performance in a field that included such heavy dramas as Katharine Hepburn in Keeper Of The Flame, Bette Davis in Now Voyager, and Teresa Wright in Pride Of The Yankees. The winner due to the times as well as her acting was Greer Garson for Mrs. Miniver. Given the war, I don't think any of these other ladies had a chance.

In her memoirs Rosalind Russell said that Ruth Sherwood was the first of her career woman roles, parts by the way she loved to play. I think she might have forgotten Hildy Johnson from His Girl Friday, but it's possible she thought of Hildy as an anti-career woman because what she wanted to do was leave the newspaper business and marry Ralph Bellamy. Ruth Sherwood on the other hand wants to get a career going.

My Sister Eileen is a timeless classic, it could probably be remade today with few enough changes. Russell in fact did it on Broadway in the musical Wonderful Town. She may have failed an Oscar, but she got a Tony Award for the part.

Can't you see Jessica Simpson as Eileen Sherwood? I wonder why no one's thought of it.

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