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Director:
Writers:
Blake Edwards (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 »
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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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Garrett Shines in Mediocre 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)
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:
There's Nothin' Like LoveSee more »

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Garrett Shines in Mediocre Musical, 13 March 2005
Author: baker-9 from United States

I had heard that this second musical version of "My Sister Eileen" (the first being the Broadway show "Wonderful Town") was very underrated. Well, it's not.

Columbia Pictures owned the movie musical rights to "Eileen" and when Leonard Bernstein wanted too much money for "Wonderful Town", Columbia passed on adapting the Broadway hit, and created its own musical film adaptation. Unfortunately, this version isn't just inferior to "Wonderful Town" - the score and script are truly mediocre in their own right. The songs are all forgettable, which is surprising given that the composer is the great Jule Styne who went on to write "Gypsy" and other shows. Either he and lyricist Leo Robin had very little time to write the score or inspiration took a vacation.

The two saving graces in this film are Betty Garrett, who plays the more tomboyish Ruth. Unlike Rosalind Russell who played Ruth both in the non-musical film and in "Wonderful Town," Garrett can really sing and she's less self-conscious about being the center of attraction - she's much more natural in the role.

The other occasional grace is Bob Fosse's choreography. In some numbers, especially one dancing "duel" between him and the terrific Tommy Rall, the film comes alive. Unfortunately, some of the other dances - particularly the climactic "Conga" sequence, fall flat, perhaps due more to director Quine than Fosse.

Janet Leigh plays Eileen and she's very charming, though not quite the kind of looker who would have men literally at her feet all the time. She sings fairly well, and dances rather better. And since she's top billed, the script gives her character more emphasis than the original play. Jack Lemmon plays a publisher on whom Ruth has a crush; Lemmon is good, though his one song is far from a highlight - he's no singer.

It's a pity that Columbia and Bernstein didn't see eye to financial eye - it would have been great to see Garrett do "Wonderful Town," though Leigh and Lemmon would never be able to handle their parts in that score.

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