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The Dolly Sisters Details

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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. [[Performer~P28037~Betty Grable~bettygrable]] plays Jennie and [[Performer~P31068~June Haver~junehaver]] plays Rosie; their uncle is the inevitable "funny foreigner" [[Performer~P62678~S.Z. Sakall~szsakall]], who manages their career from childhood. Passing an important audition for [[Performer~P93274~Oscar Hammerstein~oscarhammersteinii]], 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 [[Performer~P219974~John Payne~johnpayne]]. 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 [[Performer~P28037~Grable~bettygrable]] and [[Performer~P31068~Haver~junehaver]] show off a lot more skin than would have been permissible in earlier times. But Dolly Sisters producer [[Performer~P96033~George Jessel~georgejessel]] knew what he was doing, and the Technicolor film was a major hit in 1945. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 14, 1945

Awards

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

Cast

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
Mae Marsh
as Flower Lady
George Davis
as French juggler
Eugene Borden
as Chauffeur
Herbert Ashley
as Fields
Harry Seymour
as Pianist
Walter Soderling
as Conductor on Train
Frank Ferguson
as Reporter
Elsa Janssen
as Kathi
Betty Farrington
as Mrs. Al Smith
Virginia Brissac
as Nun
Crauford Kent
as Man
John Farrell MacDonald
as Doorman
Theresa Harris
as Ellabelle

Crew

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