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 <>

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


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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 »


Yankee Doodle
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
Traditional music of English origin
In the score when war is declared
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Now we know where Gig Young got his name
31 July 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

It's a little disconcerting to have a character named Gig Young in a movie...played by Gig Young. But this film is where Gig got his name and also a nice career boost after playing small parts under another name.

I'm going to go against the majority of the other comments and state that I really enjoyed this film, mainly because of the vibrant performance of Barbara Stanwyck as Fiona. She was funny, angry, vulnerable, caring, and feisty as the oldest of three daughters whose mother died on the Lusitania, and whose father was later killed during Woar War I.

As the "man" of the house, Fiona has stood steadfast for years against settling her father's will which would therefore allow a Donald Trump type named Charles Barclay to get the family home. But Fiona's keeping a secret as to why she hates Barclay so much. Geraldine Fitzgerald is the middle, flirty sister, who is married to an Englishman but craves her youngest sister's boyfriend (Gig Young).

If you're a Stanwyck fan, this is a no miss.

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Release Date:

1 August 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$779,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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