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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.


Irving Rapper


Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee), Stephen Longstreet (novel)


Airs Thu. Jul. 25, 2:30 PM on TCM


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

1 August 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Três Herdeiras See more »

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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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Did You Know?


Byron Barr took his character's name, Gig Young, as his screen name. See more »


Susie Gaylord: I've always wanted to be kissed in the park.
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Version of Lux Video Theatre: The Gay Sisters (1956) See more »


Yankee Doodle
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
Traditional music of English origin
In the score when war is declared
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5 August 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

The three Gaylord sisters (Barbara Stanwyck, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Nancy Coleman), lose their parents at an early age and fight to keep their family mansion. George Brent plays the guy after the mansion and when you find out why your eyes will roll so hard they'll fall out of your head. Stanwyck is feisty to the point of obnoxiousness and Brent is a prick. He's also a rapist, if I interpreted one crucial scene correctly. Very disappointing melodrama with a plot that's much ado about nothing. Inappropriate moments of humor don't help. Protracted opening with Donald Woods as the father who goes on and on about the family legacy and what it means to be a Gaylord has next to nothing to do with the rest of the movie. One little bit of interesting trivia: actor (and future murderer) Gig Young took his stage name from the character he plays in this movie. Before this he went by his real name of Byron Barr.

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