Scripters have turned out a simplified filmusical, in that the tunes and dances come naturally to situations and are not overly staged. Thus, the problems that befall two sisters from Ohio, who come to New York to seek fame as a writer and actress respectively play naturally, even with some broadening for comedy. Richard Quine's direction keeps things gay and mostly moving at a spirited pace. Latter helps when some of the situations tend to be repetitious.

Scripters have turned out a simplified filmusical, in that the tunes and dances come naturally to situations and are not overly staged. Thus, the problems that befall two sisters from Ohio, who come to New York to seek fame as a writer and actress respectively play naturally, even with some broadening for comedy. Richard Quine’s direction keeps things gay and mostly moving at a spirited pace. Latter helps when some of the situations tend to be repetitious.

Two major assets in the trouping and funnying are Betty Garrett, as Ruth Sherwood, who pens sister’s romantic adventures, and Jack Lemmon, as Bob Baker, the young publisher and wouldbe wolf who successfully romances Ruth. Seconding this pair are Janet Leigh, very attractive as the little sister, and [choreographer] Bob Fosse, the shy soda jerk.

None of the songs is from the stage tuner [Wonderful Town] having been cleffed by Jule Styne and Leo Robin especially for the picture. While not particularly standout, the numbers are mostly pleasant.

My Sister Eileen

Production

Columbia. Director Richard Quine; Producer Fred Kohlmar; Screenplay Blake Edwards, Richard Quine; Camera Charles Lawton Jr; Editor Charles Nelson; Music Morris Stoloff (sup.), George Duning (adapt.); Art Director Walter Holscher

Crew

(B&W) Widescreen. Available on DVD. Extract of a review from 1955. Running time: 106 MIN.

With

Janet Leigh Jack Lemmon Betty Garrett Bob Fosse Kurt Kasznar Richard York
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