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My Sister Eileen is a Technicolor, musicalized remake of the 1942 comedy of the same name. It is not, however, the film version of the 1949 Broadway musical Wonderful Town, which was also based on the 1942 film. Adapted from the short stories of Ruth McKinney, the film stars Betty Garrett as aspiring writer Ruth Sherwood, and Janet Leigh as her gorgeous sister Eileen. Moving from Ohio to New York, the girls take up residence in a basement apartment, which seems to be a gathering place for every eccentric ...
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My Sister Eileen is a Technicolor, musicalized remake of the 1942 comedy of the same name. It is not, however, the film version of the 1949 Broadway musical Wonderful Town, which was also based on the 1942 film. Adapted from the short stories of Ruth McKinney, the film stars Betty Garrett as aspiring writer Ruth Sherwood, and Janet Leigh as her gorgeous sister Eileen. Moving from Ohio to New York, the girls take up residence in a basement apartment, which seems to be a gathering place for every eccentric character in the Big Apple. Ruth tries to get her stories published, but handsome editor Bob Baker (Jack Lemmon) doesn't buy anything until Ruth stops trafficking in fiction and begins writing about her own experiences. Most of those experiences are predicated on the misadventures of would-be actress Eileen, who has an uncanny knack for attracting strange men--not to mention a whole heap of trouble. Dancer/choreographers Bob Fosse and Tommy Rall costar as a timid soda jerk and wise-guy reporter, respectively, but their "roles" are merely excuses for a steady stream of flashy musical numbers, penned by Jule Styne and Leo Robin. Even Jack Lemmon gets to sing in this sprightly film, which compares quite favorably to all the My Sister Eileen adaptations which went before and were still to come.
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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The Technicolor My Sister Eileen (1955) is the musical film based on the Ruth McKenney stories that inspired the earlier movie comedy My Sister Eileen (1942) and the Broadway musical Wonderful Town. Brightly scripted by Blake Edwards and director Richard Quine, Betty Garrett's writer Ruth and her man-magnet sibling Janet Leigh confront the modern conundrum of work vs. romance as they seek fame, fortune and love in New York with assistance from Jack Lemmon, Kurt Kasznar and young dancer-turned-choreographer Bob Fosse. His first feature-length choreography assignment, Fosse makes the most of Jule Styne's songs and the CinemaScope screen to create not only a charming pas de deux between his suitor and Leigh's beautiful Eileen, but also, in the film's terpsichorean high point, the "Competition Dance" with romantic rival Tommy Rall. Though not as well known as some of the 1950s MGM musical confections, My Sister Eileen's witty performances and superb dancing, not to mention Lemmon's vocal rendition of "It's Bigger Than Both of Us," have since put it in the category of the overlooked and underrated movie musical pleasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • UPC: 043396073272
  • Original Release: 1955
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Janet Leigh Eileen Sherwood
Jack Lemmon Bob Baker
Betty Garrett Ruth Sherwood
Bob Fosse Frank Lippencott
Kurt Kasznar Appopolous
Lucy Marlow Helen
Barbara Brown Helen's Mother
Horace McMahon Lonigan
Henry Slate Drunk
Hal March Drunk
Alberto Morin Brazilian Consul
Queenie Smith Alice
Richard Deacon George
Ken Christy Police Sergeant
Dick York Wreck
Tommy Rall Chick Clark
Technical Credits
Richard Quine Director, Screenwriter
George Duning Score Composer
Blake Edwards Screenwriter
Bob Fosse Choreography
Walter Holscher Art Director
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Fred Kohlmar Producer
Charles Lawton Cinematographer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Nelson Editor
Jule Styne Songwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [8:19]
2. Big City Blues [9:59]
3. Confidence and Patience [7:18]
4. New York Guys [11:03]
5. "Just Call Me Bob" [9:38]
6. Girl Talk [8:22]
7. Double-Dating [10:08]
8. Dinner Invitation [7:56]
9. Bad Dates [12:06]
10. Last Night in NYC [6:11]
11. Worlds Collide [9:30]
12. Righting Wrongs [6:41]
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Side #1 --
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   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
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   English Subtitles
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   Subtitles Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nearly Missed This Fun Flick

    Even if you think you know your musicals, you might have missed this one....the story has been done elsewhere on film and stage...but Betty Garrett and Janet Leigh are so adorable in this, and you get to see Bob Fosse in his early years as a hoofer and a choreographer...It was a shame to lose Leonard Bernstein's score in this piece, but the substitued songs are ok....If you love New York, you'll love this pleasant little stroll through Greenwich Village of a bygone era.

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