My Sister Eileen (1955)

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Ruth and her beautiful sister Eileen come to New York's Greenwich Village looking for "fame, fortune and a 'For Rent' sign on Barrow Street". They find an apartment (such as it is!), but ... See full summary »



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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, while Eileen hopes to succeed on the stage. The two ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Janet Blair


Complete credited cast:
Frank (as Robert Fosse)
Ted 'Wreck' Loomis (as Richard York)
Lucy Marlow ...
Barbara Brown ...
Helen's Mother
Police Officer Lonigan
Henry Slate ...
Second Drunk
Hal March ...
Pete - First Drunk


Ruth and her beautiful sister Eileen come to New York's Greenwich Village looking for "fame, fortune and a 'For Rent' sign on Barrow Street". They find an apartment (such as it is!), but fame and fortune are a lot more elusive. Ruth gets the attention of playboy publisher Bob Baker when she submits a story about her gorgeous sister Eileen. She tries to keep his attention by convincing him that she, (a "spinsterish old-maid writer") and the gorgeous, man-getting Eileen are one and the same person. Written by A.L.Beneteau <>

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Release Date:

22 September 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Gay Girls  »

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Sound Mix:

(magnetic prints) (RCA Sound Recording)| (optical prints) (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Richard Quine played Frank Lippincott in the earlier film version My Sister Eileen (1942), and in the original Broadway production of the play. See more »


When Eileen is dancing at El Morocco, she is wearing shoes with small heels. Later on that night when they dance at the bandstand, Eileen is wearing flat shoes. See more »


Ruth Sherwood: Just what kind of work are you out of, Wreck?
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Version of My Sister Eileen (1960) See more »


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A neglected gem
17 May 1999 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most entertaining musicals to ever come out of Hollywood. Light and witty, sweet and subtle, it's almost as if Lubitsch made it. The songs are a joy, the dancing a treat and the story deliciously simple. Janet Leigh and Jack Lemmon shine, but the true star is the glorious Betty Garret, who should have been much bigger than she was. Please check this out, it's a charmer

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