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The Dolly Sisters (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Musical | 7 October 1946 (Sweden)
Two sisters from Hungary become famous entertainers in the early 1900s. Fictionalized biography with lots of songs.

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

John Francis Larkin (original screenplay) (as John Larkin), Marian Spitzer (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Grable ... Yansci 'Jenny' Dolly
John Payne ... Harry Fox
June Haver ... Roszika 'Rosie' Dolly
S.Z. Sakall ... Uncle Latsie Dolly
Reginald Gardiner ... Tony, Duke of Breck
Frank Latimore ... Irving Netcher
Gene Sheldon Gene Sheldon ... Professor Winnup
Sig Ruman ... Ignatz Tsimmis
Trudy Marshall ... Lenora Baldwin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Jane Shores Mary Jane Shores ... Chorine
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Storyline

In 1904, Uncle Latsie comes to New York from Hungary with two little nieces, who immediately take to cafe dancing. In 1912 they're still at it, but to pay Uncle's card debts they decide to go into vaudeville. Singer Harry Fox, whom they meet en route, schemes to get them an audition with the great Hammerstein; but their resulting success takes them far out of Harry's league. Lots of songs with a little story. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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They're Beautiful...They're Glamorous...They're Scandalous...


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1946 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Dolly Sisters See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,510,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In real life, Rosie Dolly, Jenny Dolly, and Harry Fox all appeared in silent films, which is never mentioned in this film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Biography: Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-up (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Begin to Tell You
(uncredited)
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by John Payne during the rehearsal at the Elmira theater
Also performed by John Payne, Betty Grable and June Haver
Played often in the score
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Chasing cut-rate rainbows, courtesy Fox...
12 November 2011 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Fictionalized, romanticized tale of the real-life Dolly Sisters, Hungarian siblings who arrived in the States as little girls in 1904 and grew up to be international showgirls. Story reconfigured as a star-vehicle for Betty Grable, who looks terrific and gives one of her better, less unctuous performances. June Haver, as kid sis Rosie, matches up well alongside Grable, yet the two actresses are rarely in sync during their musical numbers; worse, the character of Rosie is under-developed, and her actions in the final reel are unclear. The tacky color production doesn't help but the supporting players do, with John Payne well-cast as songwriter Harry Fox who marries Grable's Jenny before leaving for duty in WWI. The picture's time-line is fuzzy, and the reunion finale is limp, however several of the stage numbers have spirit, particularly a Cotton Club-styled production and a batty Ziegfeld extravaganza. Twentieth Century-Fox did a paste-up job on most of the picture, undercutting the drama with winking camp, but Grable works hard and makes it worthwhile. ** from ****


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