My Sister Eileen (1942)

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Two sisters move from Ohio to New York with hopes of stardom.




  • Brian Aherne and Rosalind Russell in My Sister Eileen (1942)
  • Janet Blair and Rosalind Russell in My Sister Eileen (1942)
  • Janet Blair and Rosalind Russell in My Sister Eileen (1942)
  • Brian Aherne, Janet Blair, and Rosalind Russell in My Sister Eileen (1942)
  • My Sister Eileen (1942)
  • Brian Aherne, Janet Blair, Rosalind Russell, and George Tobias in My Sister Eileen (1942)

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20 August 2007 | Doylenf
| Delightful comedy from B'way stage hit...Russell at her best...
ROSALIND RUSSELL was always at her best in comedies and here she had a role that got her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in 1942--and it's easy to see why. She's downright hilarious as the gal from Ohio with writing ambitions and a pretty blonde sister (JANET BLAIR) with a penchant for attracting men and trouble.

All the wacky situations stem from their Greenwich Village basement apartment which seems to have more visitors than Grand Central Station. It's all exaggerated fluff, but it works, thanks to a fine cast and sterling performances.

RICHARD QUINE and GORDON JONES do repeats of their Broadway roles, and DONALD MacBRIDE as a policeman who wants quiet on his route is hilarious. JUNE HAVOC makes a brief appearance as a medium who used to live in the girls' apartment. GEORGE TOBIAS, as the opportunistic landlord with the Greek accent, is at his funniest in a colorful supporting role.

My favorite moment is the conga sequence with Russell and Blair trying to get rid of sailors who don't speak a word of English, creating a disturbance that lands Blair in jail. Janet Blair is pleasant as the blonde bombshell but it's Russell who milks the most out of her role and gets all the laughs. She's terrific.

BRIAN AHERNE does what he can with the role of the talkative editor, but it's not much of a part. Still, he adds a certain debonair charm to the role.

Summing up: Notable chiefly as a terrific vehicle for Russell's unique brand of comic talent.

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