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Two Sisters from Boston (1946)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | April 1946 (USA)
Abigail Chandler has written her stuffy Boston relatives that she's a successful opera singer in New York. In reality, she works at a burlesque house and is billed as High-C Susie. When her... See full summary »

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Myles Connolly (original screen play), James O'Hanlon (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kathryn Grayson ... Abigail Chandler
June Allyson ... Martha Canford Chandler
Lauritz Melchior ... Olstrom
Jimmy Durante ... 'Spike'
Peter Lawford ... Lawrence Tyburt Patterson Jr.
Ben Blue ... Wrigley
Isobel Elsom ... Aunt Jennifer
Harry Hayden ... Uncle Jonathan
Thurston Hall ... Mr. Lawrence Tyburt Patterson Sr.
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Lawrence Tyburt Patterson Sr.
Gino Corrado ... Ossifish
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Storyline

Abigail Chandler has written her stuffy Boston relatives that she's a successful opera singer in New York. In reality, she works at a burlesque house and is billed as High-C Susie. When her sister Martha comes for a visit, Abigail tries to hide the truth from her. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El ruiseñor mentiroso See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,223,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a hit at the box office for MGM, earning a profit of $605,000 ($6.1M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

In the poster advertising the opera "Marie Antoinette," shown at the end of the film, the part played by Olstrom is listed as a baritone role. Lauritz Melchior, who plays Olstrom, was a tenor. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Jonathan: If it's true, we're ruined. And what's more important, I'm ruined.
Martha Canford Chandler: Oh, Uncle Jonathan. Hugo, are you sure he said Abigail?
Hugh Inkerfield: Abigail. Your sister Abigail.
Martha Canford Chandler: I don't believe it. Abigail is in New York but she'd never do a thing like... like...
Aunt Jennifer: He said she sang... in public?
Hugh Inkerfield: He said she sang and danced in a low café in the Bowery. That's what he said, Aunt Jennifer.
Martha Canford Chandler: That's a lie.
Aunt Jennifer: If it isn't, we're ruined socially.
Grandpa Chandler: Remember when Cousin Harriet ran off with the hurdy gurdy man? Oh, ho ho!
Uncle Jonathan: Cousin ...
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Soundtracks

Les Preludes
(1946) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Liszt (1856)
Music Adapted by Charles Previn
Played by the opera symphony
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Good melodrama with Allyson, Grayson and Melchior
16 November 2000 | by riddionSee all my reviews

Being a great fan of Lauritz Melchior, I was extremely delighted to be able to see the few movies he made in 40's last night on TCM. The four times he sings in the picture were, for me, extreme highlights, especially when he sang 'Morgenlich leuchtend im rosigem Schein'.

June Allyson was a delight and the act she did in the night club, left me laughing. Alot was based on her innocence and it worked great.

Kathryn Grayson was also a delight and the film was very clearly made to showcase her and Melchior. But even so, she did come out in glorious voice and made her and Allyson's characters people to care about.

Jimmy Durante was also a great treat as the club manager and hood, using like phraise: 'I don't know nothin' alot to make people do what he wanted.

To finalise this comment, for me it was Lauritz Melchior who steeled the show every time he was on the screen, but the story was good with a happy ending where everyone had what they wanted.


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