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My Sister Eileen

Released Sep 24, 1942 1h 36m Comedy List
80% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 65% Audience Score 100+ Ratings When starry-eyed sisters, Ruth (Rosalind Russell) and Eileen Sherwood (Janet Blair), make the leap from rural Idaho to downtown New York City, they believe they are going to make their fortunes. However, upon arriving, they find the Big Apple a little less glamorous than had they expected. After moving into a trashy basement apartment in Greenwich Village, the sisters eventually make the acquaintance of hotshot magazine editor Robert Baker (Brian Aherne), who vows to help them both succeed. Read More Read Less

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Bosley Crowther New York Times My Sister Eileen is gay and bouncing. It is a farce which depends entirely upon two doors. And we hate to think what would have happened to it if some one had thought to nail one of those doors shut. Rated: 3/5 Aug 25, 2007 Full Review Elena de la Torre Cine-Mundial The struggle of the two protagonists to exist and achieve their respective goals maintain the public entertained and pleased throughout the movie. [Full Review in Spanish] Sep 19, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rosalind Russell, who earned the first of four Oscar nominations for the lead, is the best element and only reason to see this verbose movie, which is still a play. Rated: C+ Apr 15, 2011 Full Review Michael W. Phillips, Jr. Goatdog's Movies One of those comedies one damns by calling it "unsuccessful," even though parts of it work just fine. Rated: 2.5/5 May 11, 2009 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Stagy urban comedy. Rated: B- Aug 22, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D The sisters and their relationship works really well thanks to wonderful leads. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/04/23 Full Review Audience Member seriously this movie needs more recognition super hilarious Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Very delightful movie. The high jinks of the girls in New York is tremendously funny and the surprise cameo is great. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Better than the musical, I must admit, from the 50's. Rosalind Russell is always a treat. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member russell really makes this rom-com go Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review ashley h My Sister Eileen is a screwball comedy and an enjoyable film. It is about two sisters who move from Ohio to New York in the hopes of building their careers. Rosalind Russell and Janet Blair give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written and witty. Alexander Hall did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the comedy. My Sister Eileen is a must see. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis When starry-eyed sisters, Ruth (Rosalind Russell) and Eileen Sherwood (Janet Blair), make the leap from rural Idaho to downtown New York City, they believe they are going to make their fortunes. However, upon arriving, they find the Big Apple a little less glamorous than had they expected. After moving into a trashy basement apartment in Greenwich Village, the sisters eventually make the acquaintance of hotshot magazine editor Robert Baker (Brian Aherne), who vows to help them both succeed.
Director
Alexander Hall
Producer
Max Gordon
Distributor
Columbia Pictures
Production Co
Columbia Pictures Corporation
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Sep 24, 1942, Original
Runtime
1h 36m