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They Were Sisters (1945)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  20 September 1946 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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James Mason's cruelty makes you watch, but it's unpleasant
30 December 2012 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Phyllis Calvert is lovely and sympathetic and, aside from the children and the dog, is the only one to really cheer for. Although most female viewers will be lured in by James Mason's disturbingly alluring cruelty, they will probably find it quite ugly by the end. Being set in the more modern day, with Mason in a suit and driving a car, instead of a period costume and a horse, makes this story all the more unpleasant. Worst of all is the casting of Mason's real-life wife Pamela as his eldest daughter (!) Unless this was a rare glimpse of him breaking character with the camera rolling, his physical affection with her in their many shared scenes surely indicated incest. Eww! Her performance doesn't give that impression, but then she wasn't much of an actress. Allegedly her character is mature, yet she calls him "Daddy" throughout. His poor on- screen wife and children suffer his endless verbal and emotional abuse. He even threatens the poor dog. The most entertaining scene for me (as an American) was when the young son is playing with a new gun, and Cruel Papa Mason says he MAY have to take that away from him. Unlike the villain you loved to hate in The Man in Grey and The Wicked Lady, here his villain is more like alcoholic pervert uncle-by-marriage who manages to ruin every family gathering. You'll applaud Phyllis Calvert's kind- hearted character but won't find any redeeming value in Mason's villain.


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