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The Sisters

Adapted from Myron Brinig's bestseller, this film has the sweep of a virtual cavalcade of early 20th-century American history. Plot starts out with three sisters, daughters of a small Montana town druggist, getting ready for a dance, staged to hear returns on the national election that swept Roosevelt into a second term as president. It closes four years later as the same family prepares again for another election ball, this time to hail Taft as new president.

Cast:
Errol Flynn Bette Davis Anita Louise Ian Hunter Donald Crisp Beulah Bondi

Adapted from Myron Brinig’s bestseller, this film has the sweep of a virtual cavalcade of early 20th-century American history. Plot starts out with three sisters, daughters of a small Montana town druggist, getting ready for a dance, staged to hear returns on the national election that swept Roosevelt into a second term as president. It closes four years later as the same family prepares again for another election ball, this time to hail Taft as new president.

Totally different marriages of the three girls are clearly set out, with highlights in their wedded lives taking the happy sisters often close to the brink of matrimonial smashup but always managing to surmount trying difficulties.

Most of the interest centres on Louise (Bette Davis) who elopes with Frank Medlin (Errol Flynn), sports scribe. This case of love-at-first sight works out satisfactorily until the newspaperman, hampered by domestic ties and unwillingness to buckle down as an author, takes to heavy imbibing.

Davis turns in one of her most scintillating performances. Flynn’s happy-go-lucky reporter is a vivid portrayal although his slight English accent seems incongruous. Anita Louise makes a delightful flirty daughter who finally weds the elderly wealthy man in her commmunity while Jane Bryan is adequate as the more conservative sister who decides that safety in matrimony is represented by the dull town banker’s son.

The Sisters

Production: Warner. Director Anatole Litvak; Producer Anatole Litvak; Screenplay Milton Krims; Camera Tony Gaudio; Editor Warren Low; Music Max Steiner; Art Director Carl Jules Weyl

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1938. Running time: 95 MIN.

With: Errol Flynn Bette Davis Anita Louise Ian Hunter Donald Crisp Beulah Bondi

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