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They Were Sisters (1945)

The story of three sisters who marry men of widely different character as their individual and widely-different married lives unfold. One sister (Phyllis Calvert) is happily married but ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllis Calvert ... Lucy
James Mason ... Geoffrey
Hugh Sinclair ... Terry
Anne Crawford ... Vera
Peter Murray-Hill ... William
Dulcie Gray ... Charlotte
Barry Livesey Barry Livesey ... Brian
Pamela Mason ... Margaret (as Pamela Kellino)
Ann Stephens Ann Stephens ... Judith
Helen Stephens Helen Stephens ... Sarah
John Gilpin John Gilpin ... Stephen
Brian Nissen Brian Nissen ... John
David Horne ... Mr. Field
Brefni O'Rorke ... Coroner (as Brefni O'Rourke)
Roland Pertwee ... Sir Hamish Nair


The story of three sisters who marry men of widely different character as their individual and widely-different married lives unfold. One sister (Phyllis Calvert) is happily married but childless; the second promiscuously plays through years of an unhappy and loveless marriage, and the third is tortured by the mental cruelties inflicted on her by a domineering husband (James Mason). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

20 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drei Ehen See more »

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Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film received its initial USA television presentations in Philadelphia as the Movie of the Week beginning Monday 8 December 1952 on WCAU (Channel 10), followed by Chicago Monday 16 March 1953 on WGN (Channel 9), by New York City Monday 27 April 1953 on WCBS (Channel 2), and by Los Angeles Thursday 4 June 1953 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »

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Opening credits prologue: 1919 See more »


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Music by David Comer
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Interesting anatomy of a family tragedy with a number of outstanding performances
9 November 2015 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is a women's film but extremely interesting for anyone to study in detail, as there are four different female characters developing in different directions, and each one is of paramount interest. The question is whose is the most interesting. Is it Phyllis Calvert as the strongest character who is doomed to a childless life with the best of husbands but makes the best of it by her honesty, or is it Anne Crawford as the more liberated Lucy, who is the one who from the beginning sees through the ugliness of James Mason's character, is it Dulcie Gray in her heartrending martyrdom gradually driven to the despair of alcoholism by the subtly increasing cruelty of her husband, or is it Pamela Kellino as James Mason's daughter torn between her loyalty to her after all loving father and her empathy with her mother? The drama is nonexistent at first, everything starts in a perfectly idyllic setting where nothing could even be suspected to go wrong, but gradually the tragedy sneaks in to grow surreptitiously into an overwhelming drama of human disintegration. It is marvellously composed, and Hubert Bath's idyllic music adds to it. James Mason of course dominates the whole stage from the first to the last in the extremely difficult performance of being convincingly inhumanly cruel after having started off as the perfect charmer, but every performance here is great, in a fascinating family chronicle of relationship complications that could happen in any family. Nine points at least.

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