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Director:
Writers:
Joseph Fields (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:
an original if ever there was one 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)
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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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
Several characters from the play (and from Ruth McKinney's real-life experiences) were changed for the movie. In real-life, the "fortune teller" Effie Shelton was a prostitute named Violet who had previously occupied the Greenwich Village apartment. The McKinney sisters often returned home to find Violet's customers waiting for her in their apartment. Also, the football player, Wreck, and his wife are depicted as a married couple in the film. In real life, and in the Broadway play, they were not married but lived together.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:
'The Wreck' Loomis:[holding an iron] Which way do you want the pleats turned?
Ruth Sherwood:Toward Mecca.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia TechSee more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
an original if ever there was one, 20 August 2007
Author: Daryl Chin (lqualls-dchin) from Brooklyn, New York

Rosalind Russell was one of the finest comediennes in the American movies, and this in a period which saw the likes of Claudette Colbert, Carole Lombard, Jean Arthur, Ginger Rogers, Irene Dunne, Katharine Hepburn and others. Russell was a rarity: though all the others often played dizzy women, in her comedies, Russell always played smart, hard-edged career women (the exception was her first major comedy role, as the catty Sylvia in THE WOMEN).

At a time when HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS is set to open, with its lackadaisical heroine pursuing a writing career as she tries to make sense of her romantic entanglements, it behooves us to remember MY SISTER EILEEN, which (when it was filmed in 1942) is the prototype, as the two Sherwood sisters (Ruth, played by Rosalind Russell, and her younger sister Eileen, played by Janet Blair) come to New York City to try their hands at writing (for Ruth) and acting (for Eileen). The slapstick annoyances, the charmingly maladroit Greenwich Village denizens (part ethnic, part "bohemian"), the stereotypical romantic encounters, all make for a charming entertainment. In the wake of the sexual frankness of HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS, MY SISTER EILEEN might seem dated, but it's a lovely reminder of the wit and the humor of the generation growing up during World War II, when women were (again) finding new possibilities in the workplace, but still had the same problems finding proper dates.

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