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They Were Sisters (1945)

Approved | | Drama | 20 September 1946 (USA)
The story of three sisters who marry men of widely different character as their individual and widely-different married lives unfold. One sister (Phyllis Calvert) is happily married but ... See full summary »

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Phyllis Calvert ...
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Geoffrey Lee
Hugh Sinclair ...
Terry Crawford
Anne Crawford ...
Vera Sargeant
Peter Murray-Hill ...
Dulcie Gray ...
Charlotte Lee
Barry Livesey ...
Brian Sargeant
Pamela Mason ...
Margaret Lee (as Pamela Kellino)
Ann Stephens ...
Judith Lee
Helen Stephens ...
Sarah Sargeant
John Gilpin ...
Stephen Lee
Brian Nissen ...
John Watson
David Horne ...
Mr. Field
Brefni O'Rorke ...
Coroner
Roland Pertwee ...
Sir Hamish Nair
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The story of three sisters who marry men of widely different character as their individual and widely-different married lives unfold. One sister (Phyllis Calvert) is happily married but childless; the second promiscuously plays through years of an unhappy and loveless marriage, and the third is tortured by the mental cruelties inflicted on her by a domineering husband (James Mason). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It's all about chemistry
6 September 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I once read an article which stated that Phyllis Calvert and Peter Murray-Hill would have been "Britain's Nick and Nora" had they made more films together. On seeing them act separately in films, I took that commentary to be a bit too hopeful. Then, I saw "They Were Sisters". And - move over Myrna and Bill! When together, Phyl and Peter did not seem at all like they were acting, they were just a happily married couple bantering, teasing the other lightly and ad-libbing as if they were not in a movie at all, but just out for a weekend picnic. Their scenes together were by far the movie's best.

At the other end of the scale is James Mason and Pamela Kellino (later Pamela Mason). They were playing father and daughter in the movie, and if you hadn't known about their off-screen relationship, seeing the way they interacted on the screen would have been a bit worrying.

With the wrong actors, "They Were Sisters" could have easily been a ridiculous farce, and at times it does begin to stray towards over-acting. But with the right actors, including the three youngest children, it comes across perfectly and is a movie well worth watching. 10/10


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