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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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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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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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When Ruth first visits the Brazilian training ship, it's docked next to two US Navy destroyers. They're DD 531, the Hazelwood, and DD 537, The Sullivans. See more »

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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 »

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Frank Lippincott: Weren't they interested in your acting?
Eileen Sherwood: Oh, they were interested, but not in my acting.
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Version of My Sister Eileen (1942) See more »

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Not an improvement over the original.
17 January 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is the 1955 musical remake of the 1942 film of the same name. I was not a huge fan of the original (it tried way too hard to be kooky) and I was curious if the remake would be any better.

"My Sister Eileen" (1955) stars Janet Leigh (as the title character) and Betty Garrett as her sister. The pair come to make their fortune--Eileen as an actress and Ruth as a writer. Unfortunately, like in real life, success does not come quickly and they are forced to rent an ultra-crappy basement efficiency. Along the way, they both have some romances and flirts with success. Where will it all end? See the film.

So is this film any better than the 1942 version. Not really. While I like that the pace of the remake isn't quite as frenetic (a big improvement), the songs are not particularly good. One in particular (the one where they pretend to be playing musical instruments) is downright annoying...at best. Overall, it's a time-passer and that really is about it.


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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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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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2.55 : 1
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