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The Gay Sisters (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 1 August 1942 (USA)
Three wealthy orphans attempt to defend their ownership of their family's property, but financial and romantic problems set in.


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Lenore J. Coffee (screen play) (as Lenore Coffee), Stephen Longstreet (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Fiona Gaylord
George Brent ... Charles Barclay
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Lady Evelyn Burton
Donald Crisp ... Ralph Pedloch
Gig Young ... Gig Young
Nancy Coleman ... Susanna Gaylord
Gene Lockhart ... Herschell Gibbon
Larry Simms ... Austin Copland
Donald Woods ... Penn Sutherland Gaylord
Grant Mitchell ... Gilbert Wheeler
William T. Orr ... Dick Tone
Anne Revere ... Ida Orner
Helene Thimig ... Saskia
George Lessey ... Judge Barrows
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... Mr. Van Rennsaeler (as Charles D. Waldron)


Fiona, Evelyn and Susanna are sisters. Their mother dies on the Lusitania, their father is killed in France, they must manage their Fifth Avenue mansion by themselves. Fiona marries Charles Barclay in order to get an inheritance and he begins a campaign to obtain the mansion to level it for real estate development. She vows that this will never happen. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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They lived in the house that SCANDAL built! See more »


Drama | Romance


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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 23, 1942 with Barbara Stanwyck reprising her film role. See more »


Charles Barclay: Fiona, I love you.
Fiona Gaylord: I hate you.
Charles Barclay: Wouldn't have me if I was the last man on earth, would you?
Fiona Gaylord: No.
Charles Barclay: Good, we can go somewhere from there. I was afraid you might have grown indifferent to me.
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Version of Lux Video Theatre: The Gay Sisters (1956) See more »


(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Alberto Domínguez
Played on a record at Gig Young's place
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Good melodrama
14 August 2002 | by hmpulhamSee all my reviews

When you have three fine actresses like Barbara Stanwyck, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Nancy Coleman, plus an intelligent script, and a good director, you have a very watchable movie. What makes the film particularly good is, that it concentrates on lives of each of the three sisters. Yes, it is a chick flick, but as a man, I found it quite engaging. The one weakness of the film, is George Brent, he lacks sexuality. But, the important point is, that it is an interesting story line, with complexity, and sophistication.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

1 August 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$779,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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