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My Sister Eileen (1955)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 22 September 1955 (USA)
After submitting a story of her beautiful sister, a woman assumes her identity to maintain the attention of a playboy publisher.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writers:

Blake Edwards (screenplay), Richard Quine (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Leigh ... Eileen Sherwood
Jack Lemmon ... Robert 'Bob' Baker
Betty Garrett ... Ruth Sherwood
Bob Fosse ... Frank (as Robert Fosse)
Kurt Kasznar ... 'Papa' Appopolous
Dick York ... Ted 'Wreck' Loomis (as Richard York)
Lucy Marlow ... Helen
Tommy Rall ... Chick
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Helen's Mother
Horace McMahon ... Police Officer Lonigan
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Second Drunk
Hal March Hal March ... Pete - First Drunk
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Storyline

Ruth and her beautiful sister Eileen come to New York's Greenwich Village looking for "fame, fortune and a 'For Rent' sign on Barrow Street". They find an apartment (such as it is!), but fame and fortune are a lot more elusive. Ruth gets the attention of playboy publisher Bob Baker when she submits a story about her gorgeous sister Eileen. She tries to keep his attention by convincing him that she, (a "spinsterish old-maid writer") and the gorgeous, man-getting Eileen are one and the same person. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

22 September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gay Girls See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) (RCA Sound Recording)| Mono (optical prints) (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Director Richard Quine played Frank Lippincott in the earlier film version My Sister Eileen (1942), and in the original Broadway production of the play. See more »

Goofs

When Eileen is dancing at El Morocco, she is wearing shoes with small heels. Later on that night when they dance at the bandstand, Eileen is wearing flat shoes. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Sherwood: Just what kind of work are you out of, Wreck?
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One of the best undiscovered gems
18 November 1998 | by boughnerSee all my reviews

The first time Fosse was given the job of choreography for an entire movie, he came up with "The Competition Dance", a terrific number for himself and Tommy Rall. But the movie should have made a star out of Betty Garrett. Who knows, if MGM had made the film it probably would have. The score, by the way, is far better than that of "Wonderful Town", the stage version that Columbia wanted to film until the producers asked too much for it. Rent it, buy it, enjoy it. By the way, there is a soundtrack recording, but you'll have to spend weeks tracking it down. It may be worth it just to hear Jack Lemmon's take on "It's Bigger Than Both of Us".


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