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The Dolly Sisters Details


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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 14, 1945


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mack Gordon Best Song 1946 Nominee


Betty Grable
as Jenny Dolly
John Payne
as Harry Fox
June Haver
as Rosie Dolly
S.Z. Sakall
as Uncle Latsie
Reginald Gardiner
as Duke of Breck
Frank Latimore
as Irving Netcher
Gene Sheldon
as Winnup (seal trainer)
Sig Rumann
as Tsimmis
Trudy Marshall
as Lenore Baldwin
Collette Lyons
as Flo Daly
Robert Middlemass
as Oscar Hammerstein
Paul Hurst
as Dowling
Lester Allen
as Morrie Keno
Frank Orth
as Stage Manager
Elsa Janssen
as Kathi
Harry Seymour
as Pianist
Betty Farrington
as Mrs. Al Smith
Virginia Brissac
as Nun
Walter Soderling
as Conductor on Train
Theresa Harris
as Ellabelle
George Davis
as French juggler
Mae Marsh
as Flower Lady
Crauford Kent
as Man
Frank Ferguson
as Reporter
Eugene Borden
as Chauffeur
Herbert Ashley
as Fields
John Farrell MacDonald
as Doorman


Irving Cummings
George Jessel
Ernest Palmer
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Alfred Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Mack Gordon
Composer (Music Score)
Charles Henderson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Henderson
Composer (Music Score)
Gene Rose
Composer (Music Score)
Leland Fuller
Art Director
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Walter Scott
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Fred Sersen
Special Effects