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My Sister Eileen -- Romantic musical comedy about two girls from Ohio trying to make it in Manhattan.

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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)

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A forgotten GEM of a film musical! See more (24 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)
Eugene White ... Minor Role (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:
When Ruth first visits the Brazilian training ship, it's docked next to two US Navy destroyers. They're DD 531, the Hazelwood, and DD 537, The Sullivans.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:
I'm GreatSee more »

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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A forgotten GEM of a film musical!, 27 June 2005
Author: daventx from Dallas, TX

Where has this film been all these years? What a completely charming piece of entertainment with a nice score by Jule Styne (Gypsy, Funny Girl, Bells Are Ringing). OK, so it's no Singin' In The Rain or Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. But it's equally as good as a lot of the other lesser MGM musicals of the 1940s and 1950s such as Summer Stock and On The Town. Based on the 1940 play of the same name (Book by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov;) Betty Garrett and Janet Leigh are perfect as the Sherwood sisters. They both shine in their performances. And top it off, the film highlights some wonderful choreography by none other than legendary Bob Fosse. His work is, as it always was, stylish and pure class. The only glitch in the casting is that of Jack Lemon. He tries to be a slick, man-of-the-world New York publisher. But his performance just falls a bit short of his usual standards. And sadly there was very little chemistry between Garrett and Lemon, making the blossoming romance of their characters somewhat hard to believe. Still, even with this small weak link in the chain, overall the film really works.

It does seem strange that just the year before this film was released, Broadway produced their own musical version of the original 1940 non-musical version of My Sister Eileen, called Wonderful Town (Music by Leonard Berstein; Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green). While Wonderful Town wasn't a huge Broadway smash, it did run 559 performances, which was respectable for 1954. With a musical stage version of the play already existing as a part of the world of musical theater, I tend to wonder why Columbia started from scratch with this film and didn't film the Bernstein, Comdon & Green musical. But still, it's nice to know that there are two different musical versions of this charming play to enjoy.

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