Adaptors Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov obviously liked their stage play [adapted from New Yorker stories by Ruth McKenney], for in translating it to the screen they've retained virtually the entire format, including all the key dialog. About all they've done has been to fill out the various chinks in the story which had been excluded by the limitations of the single-set play.

Adaptors Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov obviously liked their stage play [adapted from New Yorker stories by Ruth McKenney], for in translating it to the screen they’ve retained virtually the entire format, including all the key dialog. About all they’ve done has been to fill out the various chinks in the story which had been excluded by the limitations of the single-set play.

In Alexander Hall’s direction, the pacing is fast and smooth, with constant use of sight gags and comedy situations. Most of the action still takes place in the Greenwich Village basement studio-apartment, with a crescendo of exaggerated events breaking out near and in the place.

Rosalind Russell’s performance as authoress Ruth is an effective blend of curtness and warmth.

1942: Nomination: Best Actress (Rosalind Russell)

My Sister Eileen

Production

Columbia. Director Alexander Hall; Producer Max Gordon; Screenplay Joseph Fields, Jerome Chodorov; Camera Joseph Walker; Editor Viola Lawrence; Music Morris Stoloff

Crew

(B&W) Available on DVD. Extract of a review from 1942. Running time: 97 MIN.

With

Rosalind Russell Brian Aherne Janet Blair Richard Quine June Havoc Jeff Donnell
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