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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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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 »
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(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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One of the best non-MGM musicals of the 1950's 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)
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 (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:
It's Bigger Than You And MeSee more »

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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
One of the best non-MGM musicals of the 1950's, 19 April 2001
Author: mark.waltz from New York City

I first saw "My Sister Eileen" years ago as a kid. In the early 90's, I saw the film at a tribute to Betty Garrett at which she was present to answer questions. I found her to be a wonderful person full of humor and warm remembrances of her co-stars and experience in Hollywood. She talked candidly about the blacklist that kept her and husband Larry Parks out of films for several years until she made this film, but did not show any signs of bitterness over the experience. What a wonderful lady!

Anyway, the film still holds up 46 years later as a fresh and entertaining remake of the Rosalind Russell film of the 40's which I have yet to see. Russell had done the Broadway musical version, "Wonderful Town", which was also done as a TV special some time during the 50's as well. Since Leonard Bernstein was not willing to let his music go without a huge price, Columbia instead hired Jule Styne to write the music. I have seen the TV version of "Wonderful Town" which is enjoyable, but this film brings the story to life in color and with beautiful location footage of New York's Greenwich Village. Shots of the surrounding area including the famous Washington Square make this a must for lovers of the Big Apple. Having visited Greenwich Village several times in the past couple years, I was amazed by how much it has NOT changed! This aspect alone makes "My Sister Eileen" seem as fresh today as it was during its initial release.

As Eileen, Janet Leigh is perky and lovable, but it is Betty Garrett who steals the scene as Ruth with her wonderfully likable personality. The not-so-plain jane, Garrett is a struggling writer who comes to New York from Ohio with her pretty sister (Leigh) whom all the boys go gaga over, making Ruth feel unattractive. Before you know it, Eileen has the attentions of sweet Bob Fosse and scoundral Tommy Rall, while Ruth finds herself attracted to publisher Jack Lemmon. In only his third year in Hollywood films, Lemmon had proved himself to be a versitile actor. This was one of three musical remakes he did at Columbia during the mid 50's. The other two were "Three For the Show" (a remake of "Too Many Husbands") and "You Can't Run Away From It" (a remake of "It Happened One Night"). He sings one song ("It's Bigger Than You or Me"), and doesn't do too badly!

Then, there are two other characters who fit into the storyline: shyster landlord Kurt Kasznar, and athlete neighbor Dick York (of "Bewitched" fame). Kasznar, Rall, and Fosse had all appeared together in MGM's "Kiss Me Kate". Rall and Fosse's rival dance shows the potential of the future Broadway legend Fosse who went onto create the dances in such memorable musicals as "Pippin" and "Chicago" (as well as direct several classic musical films). Fosse's creative touch is clearly visible here.

The musical highlight is the "Give Me a Band" number with a tipsy Garrett leading Leigh, Rall, and Fosse in a dance number with invisible musical instruments. The other songs are hardly classics, but in this film, that just doesn't matter; the shear magic of New York's Greenwich Village and the wonderful stars make this an all-time classic.

In comparing this to "Wonderful Town", I can say listening to the Original Broadway Cast and viewing the video of the TV special, I would like to have seen Bernstein's songs in the film as compared to Jule Styne's. The production number of "Christopher Street" (which is not even mentioned in this film) is ironic considering that 15 years after it was written, Christopher Street would become part of another legend: the Stonewall riots for Gay and Lesbian rights. Then, there are two other production numbers lead by Russell: "Swing" and "Conga", which is done in "My Sister Eileen" as a non-sung dance number. Eileen, as played by Edie Adams, comes off as unknowingly selfish, while Leigh's Eileen is a seemingly goody-goody miss perfect. Russell and Garrett are both perfect as Eileen, and I am glad that Garrett had the chance to play the part which Russell had already done on film the decade before.

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