Two Sisters from Boston

Two Sisters from Boston

Director: Henry Koster

Cast: Henry Koster, Kathryn Grayson, June Allyson, Lauritz Melchior

     
 

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By 1946, MGM's musical output was in the hands of two men: the incisive, progressive Arthur Freed, and the sentimental, old-fashioned Joe Pasternak. It was Pasternak who held the reins on Two Sisters from Boston, a period piece set in New York. June Allyson and Kathryn Grayson arrive fresh from prim 'n' proper Boston, only to secure work as entertainers in a

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By 1946, MGM's musical output was in the hands of two men: the incisive, progressive Arthur Freed, and the sentimental, old-fashioned Joe Pasternak. It was Pasternak who held the reins on Two Sisters from Boston, a period piece set in New York. June Allyson and Kathryn Grayson arrive fresh from prim 'n' proper Boston, only to secure work as entertainers in a rowdy Bowery saloon. Since the saloon owner is lovable old Jimmy Durante, the girls have nothing to fear so far as physical outrages are concerned, though they just barely withstand the assault to their eardrums when Schnozzola sings "G'wan Home, Your Mother's Calling." The cultural portion of the program is handled by Metropolitan Opera star Lauritz Melchior, who though in excellent voice isn't as much fun to watch as Durante. The efficacy of Joe Paternak's candy-box approach was proven by the excellent boxoffice response to Two Sisters From Boston.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Two Sisters from Boston is a "they don't make them like that anymore" musical ' and how one reacts to Boston may very well be determined by how one feels about that particular sentiment. Certainly Boston's fans will not like it because it's actually a great film or an unusually adventurous take on the musical genre. Boston is a thoroughly conventional film, one of many "tuners" of the "should I sing it straight or should I sing it hot?" school. This is a predicament that is actually fairly rare in real life, but you'd never know it from the musicals of the 1930s and 1940s. There's nothing convincing about the set-up, and the execution, while perhaps more convoluted than most, is nothing to right home about either; indeed, sometimes Boston's screenwriters seem to be operating on the "let's just throw another ingredient into the mix and maybe something will happen" principle. Therefore, the screenplay, despite some amusing sequences, is nothing to write home about. But it does provide its game and appealing cast with ample opportunity to cavort, and that's what gives Boston its appeal. Kathryn Grayson and Lauritz Melchior are in very fine voice, June Allyson and Peter Lawford have a fine chemistry together and, most importantly, Jimmy Durante has never been better. Unique and a true original, Durante was the kind of talent that wasn't always easy to fit into picture. In Boston, however, he's exceptionally well presented and he makes the picture his own. Throw in some fine Sammy Fain tunes, an aria or two and capable direction from Henry Koster, and the result is lightweight and undemanding but quite entertaining.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/2010
UPC:
0883316261200
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
35,179

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kathryn Grayson Abigail Chandler
June Allyson Martha Canford Chandler
Lauritz Melchior Olstrom
Jimmy Durante "Spike"
Peter Lawford Lawrence Tyburt Patterson Jr
Ben Blue Wrigley
Isobel Elsom Aunt Jennifer
Harry Hayden Uncle Jonathan
Thurston Hall Lawrence Tyburt Patterson
Nella Walker Mrs. Lawrence Tyburt Patterson Sr
Gino Corrado Ossifish
Erville Alderson Actor
Vince Barnett Actor
Chester Clute Actor
Jimmy Conlin Actor
Byron Foulger Actor
Norman Leavitt Actor
Paul Newlan Actor
Dewey Robinson Actor
Tim Ryan Actor
Ralph Sanford Actor
Grady Sutton Actor
Eddie Jackson Actor
Eric Blore Actor
Monte Blue Actor

Technical Credits
Henry Koster Director
Douglas Biggs Editor
Daniel B. Cathcart Art Director
Myles Connolly Screenwriter
Harry Crane Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
Jack Donohue Choreography
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Joe Pasternak Producer
Charles Previn Score Composer
James Rice Screenwriter
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Irene Valles Costumes/Costume Designer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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