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My Sister Eileen
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Director:
Writers:
Blake Edwards (screenplay) &
Richard Quine (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
22 September 1955 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
That Joyous New Musical !
Plot:
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"... See more » | Add synopsis »
NewsDesk:
(4 articles)
Betty Garrett obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 14 February 2011, 3:13 AM, PST)

Stage And Screen Star Garrett Dies
 (From WENN. 13 February 2011, 3:11 PM, PST)

Betty Garrett (Rip). "Awful, Awful Nice To Be With..."
 (From FilmExperience. 13 February 2011, 11:32 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
An under-appreciated gem!!! See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Janet Leigh ... Eileen Sherwood

Jack Lemmon ... Robert 'Bob' Baker

Betty Garrett ... Ruth Sherwood

Bob Fosse ... Frank (as Robert Fosse)

Kurt Kasznar ... 'Papa' Appopolous

Dick York ... Ted 'Wreck' Loomis (as Richard York)
Lucy Marlow ... Helen

Tommy Rall ... Chick
Barbara Brown ... Helen's Mother
Horace McMahon ... Police Officer Lonigan
Henry Slate ... Second Drunk
Hal March ... Pete - First Drunk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Albright ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Adelle August ... Secretary (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Charlie - Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Eileen Coghlan ... Ad Lib Bit (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Walgreen's Employee (uncredited)
Fred Curt ... Dancer / Cadet (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Baker's Receptionist (uncredited)
Gary Diamond ... Young Boy (uncredited)
Michael Fox ... Shakespearean Actor (uncredited)
Gerald Frank ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Ricky Gonzales ... Dancer / Cadet (uncredited)
Dorothy Gordon ... Ad Lib Bit (uncredited)

Kathryn Grant ... Young Hopeful (uncredited)
Bill Hale ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Edna Holland ... Matron (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Man at Lunch Counter (uncredited)
Carey Leverette ... Dancer / Cadet (uncredited)
Ann Loos ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Dayton Lummis ... Mr. Wallace (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Jana Mason ... Secretary (uncredited)
George Mayon ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Mara McAfee ... Miss Stewart (uncredited)
Russell Meeker ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Brazilian Consul (uncredited)
William Newell ... Plumber (uncredited)
Peter Norman ... Waiter (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Mr. O'Connor (uncredited)
Troy Patterson ... Dancer / Cadet (uncredited)
Donna Phillips ... Soprano (uncredited)
Fabio Ramos ... Brazilian Executive Officer (uncredited)
Tony Randall ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Carl Ratcliff ... Dancer / Cadet (uncredited)
Jack Regas ... Dancer / Cadet (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Man Who Helps Eileen (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Bohemian Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Eddie Searles ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Emil Sitka ... Bit Welder (uncredited)
Queenie Smith ... Alice - Baker's Secretary (uncredited)
Buddy Spencer ... Dancer / Cadet (uncredited)
Sid Tomack ... Counterman (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ... Matron (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Newbetter - Mailman (uncredited)
Estelita Zarco ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Quine 
 
Writing credits
Blake Edwards (screenplay) &
Richard Quine (screenplay)

Joseph Fields (play "My Sister Eileen") and
Jerome Chodorov (play "My Sister Eileen")

Ruth McKenney (stories)

Produced by
Fred Kohlmar .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Duning 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lawton Jr. (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
 
Art Direction by
Walter Holscher 
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound (as Lambert Day)
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
 
Music Department
George Duning .... music adaptor
George Duning .... music arranger
Fred Karger .... assistant music supervisor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Morris Stoloff .... conductor
Morris Stoloff .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Bob Fosse .... choreographer (as Robert Fosse)
Max Gordon .... stage producer
Henri Jaffa .... technicolor color consultant
 
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Runtime:
108 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) (RCA Sound Recording) | Mono (optical prints) (RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia:
Instead of using the score of "Wonderful Town," the 1953 Broadway musical based on the "My Sister Eileen" stories by Ruth McKinney, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Columbia commissioned a brand new score with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Leo Robin.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Frank Lippincott:Weren't they interested in your acting?
Eileen Sherwood:Oh, they were interested, but not in my acting.
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Soundtrack:
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
An under-appreciated gem!!!, 3 August 2006
Author: Charles Reichenthal (churei@aol.com) from Brooklyn, New York

There are so many accolades that can be linked to the musical version of MY SISTER EILEEN in its Columbia 50's version that one doesn't know where to start. First some facts -- WONDERFUL TOWN, the Bernstein-Comden-Green Broadway version was a smash, not a so-so attempt as has been stated elsewhere. Rosalind Russell received every honor imaginable for her return to the state, and Edie Adams, as Eileen, was also acclaimed, along with the score, the book, etc. Columbia could not arrange with Bernstein and Co. for their handiwork so it rolled out its own EILEEN, and the results are beyond charming. For the record, to dispute another silly comment, BETTY GARRETT, one of the genuine talents of stage and screen, was a musical comedy star on Bway and Hollywood, so her training was extensive, and her performance in the film, perhaps, is its greatest attribute -- but the Bob Fosse-Tommy Rall 'challenge' dance outside the burlesque theater is brilliant, as is the Bandstand song. Janet Leigh would have enchanted any and all males within sight, and her singing and dancing is quite expert. Jack Lemmon's work is fine, and his voice is good -- he was a cabaret pianist-singer whenever the chance opened for him. He also recorded several LP's. IF there is one weakness, it is the same as the Broadway production (which incidentally got a stellar revival and awards recently with Donna Murphy). The ending is too abrupt, and the Conga Line number could have ended stronger. BUT it is a small element. This is one of those musicals, at the tale end of the musical era in Hollywood, that deserves to be listed among the finest of them all!!!

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