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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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That Joyous New Musical !


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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 »

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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

Instead of using the score of "Wonderful Town," the 1953 Broadway musical based on the "My Sister Eileen" stories by Ruth McKinney, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Columbia commissioned a brand new score with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Leo Robin. 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

Receptionist: Mr. Wallace, she isn't on the list.
Mr. Wallace: Don't be so technical, Miss Stevenson. Was America on Columbus' map?
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Connections

Referenced in Naked Afternoon (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Great
Music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Betty Garrett, Janet Leigh, Kurt Kasznar and Dick York
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great little musical
13 October 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

"On the Town"'s Betty Garrett and Janet Leigh play two sisters looking for romance from their slightly seedy flat on the wrong part of town.

Eileen (Leigh) is the pretty one who has all the attention, while her sister waits quietly for her talents and charms to be appreciated. In the cast are Jack Lemmon, Bob Fosse, and Tommy Rall (so some excellent dancing going on here).

There are a number of OTT moments, not least the all-inclusive conga number near the end, but this musical version of a 40s classic manages to add something new and showcase the talents of its cast well.


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