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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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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

'Spike': [to his partners on stage] You see, fellas? All you need is personality, money and good looks. I've got personality. I've got money...
[pauses]
'Spike': Well, two out of three ain't bad.
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Soundtracks

G'Wan Home Your Mudder's Callin'
(1946) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Performed by Jimmy Durante and Chorus Girls
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Such a lovely film!
31 May 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

There may be some aspects story-wise that are in the predictable side. However Two Sisters From Boston more than makes up for that in its sense of fun and spirit, not to mention that it is very heart-warming(especially at the end). The film is lovely to look at, with beautiful photography and appealing costumes and sets. The music is just as delightful, I may have heard more memorable songs elsewhere but they are still well-written and catchy. Including well-known operatic arias, especially Walther's Prize Song from Wagner's Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg, was a nice touch. The script is very funny and wonderfully sly, with Jimmy Durante getting the best lines. Two other scenes stood out, the audio joke with the dog(looking exactly like the RCA Victor Logo) in the Prize Song recording scene and Peter Lawford reviving June Allyson with gin. And I got the sense that with the acting everybody seemed to be having fun. Peter Lawford and Kathryn Grayson are charming in their performances, and Jimmy Durante makes the most out of his role, which is just as sly and as enjoyable as his dialogue. But my favourites were June Allyson(for me one of her better performances and films) whose innocence and unforced comic timing really shone, and Lauritz Melchior, who will delight any opera fan with his large, ringing and never tired voice which is used to great effect in the Prize Song.(he has often been criticised for lack of musicianship but there have been times where he has shown he has it(the 1931 version of the Meistersinger Quintet with Elisabeth Schumann as Eva and Friederich Schorr as Hans Sachs) and regardless I always find him exciting to listen to) All in all, a truly lovely film and very difficult not to like. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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