Two sisters from Hungary become famous entertainers in the early 1900s. Fictionalized biography with lots of songs.



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Complete credited cast:
Roszika 'Rosie' Dolly
Uncle Latsie Dolly
Tony, Duke of Breck
Frank Latimore ...
Irving Netcher
Gene Sheldon ...
Professor Winnup
Ignatz Tsimmis
Lenora Baldwin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Jane Shores ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

7 October 1946 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Dolly Sisters  »

Box Office


$2,510,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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20th Century Fox planned to team Betty Grable with Rita Hayworth for a follow-up film about another legendary vaudeville sister act, the Duncan Sisters. But plans for the film were soon abandoned after Columbia Pictures head Harry Cohn refused to loan Hayworth (riding high off her success in Gilda (1946)) out to her former studio and when producer George Jessel ran into legal trouble with the real life Duncan Sisters. See more »


On the Mississippi
Music by Harry Carroll and Arthur Fields
Lyrics by Ballard MacDonald
Sung by a chorus when Harry gets the divorce notice
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Grable and Payne are at their peak in entertaining show biz story...
22 April 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The real-life Dolly sisters were brunettes but that didn't stop Fox from pairing Bette Grable and June Haver as the famous duo, in addition to fictionalizing their rise to fame in vaudeville and the legit circuit. Nevertheless, this is a typical 1940s charmer of a musical, with the talented John Payne for added appeal and good performances by S. Z. Sakall and Reginald Gardiner. Grable and Haver are seen in a good number of singing and dancing routines and there is even one new song ("I Can't Begin To Tell You") supposedly penned by John Payne. It's all very likeable technicolored entertainment in lavish style. Betty's role is a little more dramatic than usual and she does a good piece of emoting in the final scenes. If you're a Grable fan, you can't afford to miss this one! And she was never better than when she was teamed opposite John Payne--good chemistry and believable sparks.

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