Monday, May 15, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- My Sister Eileen

There are two versions of My Sister Eileen. The first is a comedy made in 1942 starring Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne and Janet Blair and a special appearance by the Three Stooges and the second made in 1955 is a musical comedy starring Betty Garrett and Janet Leigh.

I love both of these movies so much, but I think the 42 version is my favorite. We were watching it the other day and laughing about how similar My sister and I were to the Sherwood sisters. Cheyenne being Ruth and me being Eileen. In both personality and attitude.

My Sister Eileen (1942 film)      
My Sister Eileen (1955 film)

Two sisters -Ruth an aspiring writer, and Eileen a would-be actress- move from a small town in Ohio to New York City to pursue their careers. But nothing goes quite to plan, from an apartment over the being built subway to the strange characters that wander in through the doors with the broken locks.

This story is inspired by author and journalist Ruth McKenney and her short stories about growing up in Ohio and moving to New York. The stories were originally published in The New Yorker but in 1938 it was published in book form.

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