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My Sister Eileen Details


My Sister Eileen is a Technicolor, musicalized remake of the 1942 comedy of the same name. It is not, however, the film version of the 1949 Broadway musical , which was also based on the 1942 film. Adapted from the short stories of Ruth McKinney, the film stars Betty Garrett as aspiring writer Ruth Sherwood, and Janet Leigh as her gorgeous sister Eileen. Moving from Ohio to New York, the girls take up residence in a basement apartment, which seems to be a gathering place for every eccentric character in the Big Apple. Ruth tries to get her stories published, but handsome editor Bob Baker (Jack Lemmon) doesn't buy anything until Ruth stops trafficking in fiction and begins writing about her own experiences. Most of those experiences are predicated on the misadventures of would-be actress Eileen, who has an uncanny knack for attracting strange men--not to mention a whole heap of trouble. Dancer/choreographers Bob Fosse and Tommy Rall costar as a timid soda jerk and wise-guy reporter, respectively, but their "roles" are merely excuses for a steady stream of flashy musical numbers, penned by Jule Styne and Leo Robin. Even Jack Lemmon gets to sing in this sprightly film, which compares quite favorably to all the My Sister Eileen adaptations which went before and were still to come. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Janet Leigh
as Eileen Sherwood
Jack Lemmon
as Bob Baker
Betty Garrett
as Ruth Sherwood
Bob Fosse
as Frank Lippencott
Kurt Kasznar
as Appopolous
Lucy Marlow
as Helen
Barbara Brown
as Helen's Mother
Horace McMahon
as Lonigan
Henry Slate
as Drunk
Hal March
as Drunk
Alberto Morin
as Brazilian Consul
Queenie Smith
as Alice
Richard Deacon
as George
Ken Christy
as Police Sergeant
Dick York
as Wreck
Tommy Rall
as Chick Clark
Dick York
as Wreck


Richard Quine
Fred Kohlmar
Blake Edwards
Richard Quine
Jerome Chodorov
Play Author
Joseph Fields
Play Author
Charles Lawton
George Duning
Composer (Music Score)
Jule Styne
Walter Holscher
Art Director
William Kiernan
Set Designer
Jean Louis
Costume Designer
Bob Fosse
Ruth McKenney
Short Story Author