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My Sister Eileen (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 24 September 1942 (USA)
Sisters Ruth and Eileen Sherwood move from Ohio to New York in the hopes of building their careers. Ruth wants to get a job as a writer, while Eileen hopes to succeed on the stage. The two ... See full summary »

Director:

Alexander Hall

Writers:

Joseph Fields (screenplay), Jerome Chodorov (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rosalind Russell ... Ruth Sherwood
Brian Aherne ... Robert Baker
Janet Blair ... Eileen Sherwood
George Tobias ... Appopolous
Allyn Joslyn ... Chic Clark
Grant Mitchell ... Walter Sherwood
Gordon Jones ... 'The Wreck' Loomis
Elizabeth Patterson ... Grandma Sherwood
Richard Quine ... Frank Lippincott
June Havoc ... Effie Shelton
Donald MacBride ... Officer Lonigan
Frank Sully ... Jenson
Clyde Fillmore Clyde Fillmore ... Ralph Craven
Jeff Donnell ... Helen Loomis (as Miss Jeff Donnell)
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Storyline

Sisters Ruth and Eileen Sherwood move from Ohio to New York in the hopes of building their careers. Ruth wants to get a job as a writer, while Eileen hopes to succeed on the stage. The two end up living in a dismal basement apartment in Greenwich Village, where a parade of odd characters are constantly breezing in and out. The women also meet up with magazine editor Bob Baker, who takes a personal interest in helping both with their career plans. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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The Famous Broadway Coast-to-Coast Stage Hit Hilariously Hits the Screen!

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ma soeur est capricieuse See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The play, "My Sister Eileen," opened on December 26, 1940 at the Biltmore Theatre. The Broadway production, directed by George S. Kaufman, adapted for the stage from Ruth McKinney's book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov. The production featured Shirley Booth as Ruth and Jo Ann Sayers as Eileen, with Richard Quine as the soda jerk Frank Lippincott. (He reprises his role in the 1942 film.) The play moved three times, and closed on January 16, 1943, after a run of 864 performances. In 1952, Fields and Chodorovand adapted "My Sister Eileen" into the musical, "Wonderful Town," with music by Leonard Bernstein. The Broadway production of "Wonderful Town" opened at the Winter Garden Theater in New York on February 25, 1953 and ran for 559 performances. In 1955, Columbia Pictures made a separate musical of My Sister Eileen (1955), starring Janet Leigh, Betty Garrett, and Jack Lemmon, and directed by Richard Quine. My Sister Eileen (1960) also became a short-lived TV comedy series starring Elaine Stritch and Shirley Bonne. See more »

Goofs

On Frank's first visit to the apartment, he goes to put his comb away in his jacket pocket twice between shots. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Sherwood: [reading cereal box] Nature's Broom. Gonna have breakfast all day long...
Eileen Sherwood: Oh, but it's good for you. It's roughage.
Ruth Sherwood: I like to vary it with a little smoothage, like a steak!
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Version of My Sister Eileen (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech
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Written by Billy Walthall, Frank Roman, Charles Ives and Michael Greenblatt
Sung by Gordon Jones
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early comedy for Ros Russell
2 July 2008 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Abner! Abner! yup, that's George Tobias from "Bewitched" behind the wig and over-sized mustache playing the bushy/pushy artist and landlord in this first film version of "My Sister Eileen". Rosalind Russell and Janel Blair are sisters who come from Ohio to the big city to find fame and fortune in New York. There are some clever lines, mostly given to Russell, but it must be the direction of Alexander Hall holding this back. The Three Stooges make an appearance, and a very flat-line Brian Aherne. He keeps stepping out of the woodwork to tell Ruth (Russell) that her stories will or will not be published. Viewers will recognize Donald MacBride as the neighborhood cop, trying to keep things under control. Gordon Jones is the out of work muscle guy from upstairs, married of course, since we're well into the Hays Code by this time. He always seems to play the wrestler, the truck driver, and people named "Tex". The girls have many adventures, but the Portuguese navy is involved, and for some reason, they put Eileen (Blair) in jail, which doesn't really make sense, but you have to buy into it. It probably made more sense before it was all whitewashed for the audience. The basic story must have good footings, since the film has been remade, and it was even turned into a TV show in the 1960s. Janet Blair, who had the least experience in films at the time, turns in the best acting performance. Interesting note- Frank Quine, who had played Lippincott in the 1942 film version, directed the 1955 remake starring Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon, and Betty Garrett. Haven't seen that one yet, but it must have been pretty good, since that one made it to video. and the 1955 version was a musical! one odd connection - the 42 version has George Tobias, and the 1955 version has Dick York, both would end up on the TV show "Bewitched"


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