Newlyweds Julian and Lily Berniers have been in Chicago on business before returning to their hometown, New Orleans, where they'll meet with Julian's older spinster sisters Anna and Carrie,...
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Newlyweds Julian and Lily Berniers have been in Chicago on business before returning to their hometown, New Orleans, where they'll meet with Julian's older spinster sisters Anna and Carrie, who still live in the longtime unpaid-for family home and have always kept their little brother Julian afloat during his wheelings and dealings. Julian has largely kept Lily in the dark about his activities, including the mysterious meetings he has had in New Orleans in the week prior to meeting up with Anna and Carrie. Despite losing the factory in Chicago, Julian comes bearing expensive gifts for his sisters, including paying off the house and sending them on a trip to Europe, something they've long wished to do. This money makes Lily think that her wealthy mother, Albertine Prine, might have paid Julian to marry her to get rid of her. Things change for the women in Julian's life when they learn that he's been meeting Charlotte Warkins, whom he dated 10 years ago. Lily suspects that Julian and ...Written by
1n 1960, female cast members announced were Katharine Hepburn and Vivien Leigh (parts later taken by Wendy Hiller and Geraldine Page), with Olivia DeHavilland in role eventually played by Gene Tierney. See more »
What genetic combination would produce Geraldine Page, Wendy Hiller and Dino? It's a credit to these two phenomenal actresses that, despite their wildly different features and Ms. Hiller's occasional drop into pure Dame-speak (listen to the way she says "Europe") you never question that they are sisters. Mr. Martin is just a different kind of talent, but acquits himself nicely. (His character's going out and buying sexy negligees for his spinster sisters creeps out the modern viewer somewhat, but perhaps that is intentional.) Yvette Mimieux is very appealing (her role is saned-up a bit from the character in the play, who was even further off the rails) and the camera loves her thick, shiny, butter-blonde hair. If you're a fan of the "Hush, Hush...Sweet Charlotte"/"Kings Row" school of drama, or a Hellmann aficionado, or, like me, someone who'd watch Wendy Hiller in anything from Shakespeare to infomercials, this fast-paced, soundly-made picture is well worth the rental fee. Heck, if it were out on DVD, I'd buy it.
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