The Dolly Sisters

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The Dolly Sisters is the heavily Hollywoodized biopic of Jennie and Rosie Dolly, Hungarian-born entertainers who took Broadway by storm in the early 1900s. Betty Grable plays Jennie and June Haver plays Rosie; their uncle is the inevitable "funny foreigner" S.Z. Sakall, who manages their career from childhood. Passing an important audition for Oscar Hammerstein, the Dolly girls become international stage headliners, but in so doing they find that their private life is strained. Jennie in particular is perplexed ...
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The Dolly Sisters is the heavily Hollywoodized biopic of Jennie and Rosie Dolly, Hungarian-born entertainers who took Broadway by storm in the early 1900s. Betty Grable plays Jennie and June Haver plays Rosie; their uncle is the inevitable "funny foreigner" S.Z. Sakall, who manages their career from childhood. Passing an important audition for Oscar Hammerstein, the Dolly girls become international stage headliners, but in so doing they find that their private life is strained. Jennie in particular is perplexed by the dilemma of devoting herself to a career while still finding time to romance handsome composer John Payne. The Dolly girls are separated permanently when Rosie is fatally injured in an auto accident, but Jennie finds lasting happiness with her composer. Despite the pre-World War I ambience of the film, both Grable and Haver show off a lot more skin than would have been permissible in earlier times. But Dolly Sisters producer George Jessel knew what he was doing, and the Technicolor film was a major hit in 1945.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with Drew Casper; Photo Gallery; Trailer; Betty Grable Theater (Trailers for Down Argentine Way, My Blue Heaven, The Shocking Miss Pilgrim)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
As is par for the course, there's no more fact in the biopic The Dolly Sisters than can be squeezed into a thimble. This is probably of less concern to modern audiences, who will be totally unfamiliar with the titular siblings, than it might have been to audiences in 1945, for whom memories of the performers would have been somewhat fresher. If one dispenses with factual considerations, Dolly is a mighty entertaining little tunefest. Admittedly, there's precious little that's fresh or original in the story that the authors have concocted, but it does contain a decent number of dramatic elements that work quite well, and while the romantic entanglements are nothing new, they do keep the viewer's attention. What makes Dolly more than serviceable, naturally, are the numbers, which are plentiful and enjoyable, and its invaluable stars. Betty Grable is a delight, operating at the peak of her charismatic powers here. She sings winningly, dances engagingly and of course shows off those wonderful gams, but it's the total package that counts with Grable; she simply has that "something" that defies definition. She's well matched by June Haver, definitely a lesser talent and a lesser light, but here turning in some of her finest work, perhaps inspired by (or in competition with) Grable. John Payne also comes off well; not the world's greatest performer, he does click with Grable, and their duet on the marvelous "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" is a winner. Throw in S.Z. Sakall for cuddly comedy, brisk direction from Irving Cummings and a lavish production shot in truly glorious Technicolor, and the result is a slight but utterly charming little confection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2006
  • UPC: 024543244745
  • Original Release: 1945
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Betty Grable Jenny Dolly
John Payne Harry Fox
June Haver Rosie Dolly
S.Z. Sakall Uncle Latsie
Reginald Gardiner Duke of Breck
Frank Latimore Irving Netcher
Gene Sheldon Winnup (seal trainer)
Sig Rumann Tsimmis
Trudy Marshall Lenore Baldwin
Collette Lyons Flo Daly
Evan Thomas Jenny as a child
Donna Jo Gribble Rosie as a child
Robert Middlemass Oscar Hammerstein
Paul Hurst Dowling
Lester Allen Morrie Keno
Frank Orth Stage Manager
Eugene Borden Chauffeur
Frank Ferguson Reporter
Crauford Kent Man
John Farrell MacDonald Doorman
Mae Marsh Flower Lady
William Nye Bartender
Albert Petit Croupier
Walter Soderling Conductor on Train
Claire Richards Operator
Herbert Ashley Fields
Virginia Brissac Nun
André Charlot Monsieur Philippe
Betty Farrington Mrs. Al Smith
J.C. Fowler Al Smith
Sam Garrett Will Rogers
Theresa Harris Ellabelle
Elsa Janssen Kathi
George O'Hara Frank Tinny
Harry Seymour Pianist
George Davis French juggler
Technical Credits
Irving Cummings Director
Seymour Felix Choreography
Leland Fuller Art Director
Mack Gordon Score Composer
Charles Henderson Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Newman Henderson Musical Direction/Supervision
George Jessel Producer
John Francis Larkin Screenwriter
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Barbara McLean Editor
James V. Monaco Score Composer
Alfred Newman Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Ernest Palmer Cinematographer
Gene Rose Score Composer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Marian Spitzer Screenwriter
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Dolly Sisters
1. Main Titles [1:35]
2. In America [3:28]
3. Hungarian Dance No. 5 [1:42]
4. Uncle Latsie's Debt [1:53]
5. The Train From Hoboken [4:15]
6. The Vamp [2:30]
7. I Can't Begin To Tell You [:06]
8. Harry's Apology [2:55]
9. Give Me The Moonlight, Give Me The Girl [1:23]
10. New York City [3:18]
11. A Visit From Oscar Hammerstein [5:31]
12. We Have Been Around [1:28]
13. Carolina In The Morning [:28]
14. Don't Be Too Old Fashioned (Old Fashioned Girl) [1:59]
15. Powder, Lipstick and Rouge [1:43]
16. Goodbyes [1:53]
17. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows [4:18]
18. Enlisted [4:09]
19. The Darktown Strutter's Ball [4:07]
20. In London [4:04]
21. It Must Be Love [5:41]
22. An Important Decision [1:27]
23. Divorce Papers [3:29]
24. The Accident [4:53]
25. Going Home [6:36]
26. The Sidewalks Of New York [:27]
27. Harry and Jenny and Lenora [6:35]
28. I Can't Begin To Tell You- Reprise / End Titles [7:26]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Dolly Sisters
   Play
   Language Selection
      Language and Audio
         English Mono
         English Stereo
         Commentary With Drew Casper
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary With Drew Casper: On
      Commentary With Drew Casper: Off
      Fox Movietone News: "Premiere in Chicago"
      Photo Gallery
      Theatrical Trailer
      Betty Grable Theater
         Down Argentine Way
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