My Sister Eileen (1942)


“I hope some fresh air gropes its way in here – it’s stifling! ” – Ruth

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Two sisters move to New York from their small Midwestern town in order to find love and happiness in their careers.

My Take on it – This is another movie on the rapidly decreasing list of films that I had never heard of before beginning my quest to watch all films that have garnered Oscar nominations in the four acting categories.

The story is lots of fun and never really takes itself seriously which actually makes it even more enjoyable to watch unfold.

The story itself is a ride on a non-stop express train that is filled with lots of slapstick and misconceptions by the vastly different characters along the way.

The plot of the movie is extremely simple and the crisp dialogue actually helps to enrich the story so much.

It actually allows the viewer to care so much more about these characters as things move in strange yet hilarious directions.

Each of the characters is quite distinct in both their actions and background which helps enhance watching this even more.

Rosalind Russell was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work in this film even if she didn’t have much of a chance to win against her very strong competition in Teresa Wright, Gree Garson, Katahrine Hepburn and Bette Davis.

She plays here character so well that it’s so easy to believe everything she does and the reasons why she does them.

The scenes that feature the Portuguese sailors are the best ones because they allow the language barrier between the characters to help make things even more fun and enjoyable.

Great cameo by the Three Stooges towards the very end.

Bottom Line – Fun film that doesn’t take itself seriously at all. The story is a non stop ride of slapstick and misconceptions by the characters throughout. The plot is a simple one yet the dialogue helps enrich things so much to a point where we can really care about the various cast of characters that are involved in this story. Russell was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work in this film because she gets her character so right. The scenes with the Portuguese sailors are extremely fun to watch especially given the language barrier between the characters. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Rosalind Russell shares the screen with actress and former vaudevillian June Havoc. Twenty years later, Russell portrayed Havoc’s mother in the musical Gypsy (1962). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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