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Joseph Fields (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
24 September 1942 (USA) See more »
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 »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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early comedy for Ros Russell See more (15 total) »


  (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
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Scott .... still photographer
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Other crew
Max Gordon .... producer: original stage production

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Additional Details

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

The play, "My Sister Eileen," opened on December 26, 1940 at the Biltmore Theatre. The Broadway production, directed by George S. Kaufman, adapted for the stage from Ruth McKinney's book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov. The production featured Shirley Booth as Ruth and Jo Ann Sayers as Eileen, with Richard Quine as the soda jerk Frank Lippincott. (He reprises his role in the 1942 film.) The play moved three times, and closed on January 16, 1943, after a run of 864 performances. In 1952, Fields and Chodorovand adapted "My Sister Eileen" into the musical, "Wonderful Town," with music by Leonard Bernstein. The Broadway production of "Wonderful Town" opened at the Winter Garden Theater in New York on February 25, 1953 and ran for 559 performances. In 1955, Columbia Pictures made a separate musical of My Sister Eileen (1955), starring Janet Leigh, Betty Garrett, and Jack Lemmon, and directed by Richard Quine. "My Sister Eileen" (1960) also became a short-lived TV comedy series starring Elaine Stritch and Shirley Bonne.See more »
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 »
'The Wreck' Loomis:[about his mother-in-law] I wanna wait until Mother's Day, and then sock her.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
early comedy for Ros Russell, 2 July 2008
Author: ksf-2 from southwest US

Abner! Abner! yup, that's George Tobias from "Bewitched" behind the wig and over-sized mustache playing the bushy/pushy artist and landlord in this first film version of "My Sister Eileen". Rosalind Russell and Janel Blair are sisters who come from Ohio to the big city to find fame and fortune in New York. There are some clever lines, mostly given to Russell, but it must be the direction of Alexander Hall holding this back. The Three Stooges make an appearance, and a very flat-line Brian Aherne. He keeps stepping out of the woodwork to tell Ruth (Russell) that her stories will or will not be published. Viewers will recognize Donald MacBride as the neighborhood cop, trying to keep things under control. Gordon Jones is the out of work muscle guy from upstairs, married of course, since we're well into the Hays Code by this time. He always seems to play the wrestler, the truck driver, and people named "Tex". The girls have many adventures, but the Portuguese navy is involved, and for some reason, they put Eileen (Blair) in jail, which doesn't really make sense, but you have to buy into it. It probably made more sense before it was all whitewashed for the audience. The basic story must have good footings, since the film has been remade, and it was even turned into a TV show in the 1960s. Janet Blair, who had the least experience in films at the time, turns in the best acting performance. Interesting note- Frank Quine, who had played Lippincott in the 1942 film version, directed the 1955 remake starring Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon, and Betty Garrett. Haven't seen that one yet, but it must have been pretty good, since that one made it to video. and the 1955 version was a musical! one odd connection - the 42 version has George Tobias, and the 1955 version has Dick York, both would end up on the TV show "Bewitched"

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