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The Dolly Sisters (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Musical | 7 October 1946 (Sweden)
Two sisters from Hungary become famous entertainers in the early 1900s. Fictionalized biography with lots of songs.

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Roszika 'Rosie' Dolly
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Uncle Latsie Dolly
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Tony, Duke of Breck
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Irving Netcher
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Professor Winnup
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Ignatz Tsimmis
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Lenora Baldwin
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Mary Jane Shores ...
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Storyline

In 1904, Uncle Latsie comes to New York from Hungary with two little nieces, who immediately take to cafe dancing. In 1912 they're still at it, but to pay Uncle's card debts they decide to go into vaudeville. Singer Harry Fox, whom they meet en route, schemes to get them an audition with the great Hammerstein; but their resulting success takes them far out of Harry's league. Lots of songs with a little story. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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$2,510,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Betty Grable, using the pseudonym Ruth Haag (which combined her middle name with that of her husband Harry James), performed as vocalist for Harry James and His Music Makers on the best-selling commercial disc, released by Columbia Records, of the movie's Oscar-nominated ballad, 'I Can't Begin to Tell You' (music by James V. Monaco, lyrics by Mack Gordon). The reason Grable sang under a pseudonym is that 20th Century-Fox production chief Darryl F. Zanuck didn't want his stars making records for fear that audiences would buy the records instead of paying to see their movies. When Zanuck realized who "Ruth Haag" was he forced Columbia to withdraw the record, but it was later reissued with Grable credited under her own name. See more »


Soundtracks

Oh! Frenchy
(uncredited)
Music by Con Conrad
Lyrics by Sam Ehrlich
Sung by the soldiers at the train station
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I'm always chasing rainbows....
22 July 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This colorful musical directed with great style by Irving Cummings is a delightful way to spend some happy moments. This 1945 Fox film presents the life of two sisters that became a sensation in America at the beginning of the last century. The music is the best excuse to watch this happy movie.

We first meet the young Dolly Sisters, Jenny and Rose, as they arrive in America from their native Hungary. The girls are talented and soon, they are delighting the vaudeville circuit with their charm and talent. Their career soared after Harry Fox, who later became Jenny's husband, introduces them to the great Oscar Hammerstein, who sees in the women, an amazing capacity to entertain the public of the era.

As played by Betty Grable and June Haver, the Dolly Sisters are irresistible! The real sisters were not blond, but who could fault the stars with the disarming way they act in the musical? Ms. Grable and Ms. Haver are a sight for sore eyes!

As the man in Jennie's life, John Payne plays Harry Fox convincingly. Mr. Payne projects a virile figure and he is perfect opposite the gorgeous Betty Grable. His composition in the movie, "I'm Always Chasing Rainbow" was written by Harry Carroll and Joseph McCarthy whose inspiration is the Chopin's Fantasy and Impromptu in C Minor and it blends perfectly in the composition and in the subtext of the film. There are also appearances by that charming character actor, S. Z. Sakall, who plays the girl's uncle. Also Reginald Gardiner does good work as the Duke of Breck.

This is a fine musical that will delight fans of the genre.


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