Two Sisters from Boston (1946)

112 mins | Comedy | April 1946

Director:

Henry Koster

Writer:

Myles Connolly

Producer:

Joe Pasternak

Cinematographer:

Robert Surtees

Editor:

Douglass Biggs

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Daniel B. Cathcart

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Brighton Beach . The picture marked the screen debuts of New York stage comedienne Marjorie Davies and actress Marina Koshetz, the daughter of opera star Nina Koshetz. A Jun 1945 HR news item noted that the film was to mark the film debut of model and entertainer Mara Williams, but her appearance in the released film has not been ... More Less

The working title of this film was Brighton Beach . The picture marked the screen debuts of New York stage comedienne Marjorie Davies and actress Marina Koshetz, the daughter of opera star Nina Koshetz. A Jun 1945 HR news item noted that the film was to mark the film debut of model and entertainer Mara Williams, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
9 Mar 1946.
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Daily Variety
5 Mar 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
6 Mar 46
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jan 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
14 May 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jun 45
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jun 45
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Aug 45
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Sep 45
p. 24.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Oct 45
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Mar 46
p. 3, 11
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
27 Oct 45
p. 2695.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Mar 46
p. 2881.
New York Times
7 Jun 46
p. 16.
Variety
6 Mar 46
p. 12.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Johnny Berkes
Fred "Snowflake" Toones
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Henry Koster Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Addl dial
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
Cost des
Men's cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
Operatic seq adpt from Liszt and Mendelssohn by
Operatic seq adpt from Liszt and Mendelssohn by
SOUND
Rec dir
Unit mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Matte paintings
Matte paintings, cam
Transparency projection shots
DANCE
Dance dir
MAKEUP
Hair des for Miss Grayson
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Research dir
Research dir asst
Unit mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Hello, Hello, Hello," music and lyrics by Jimmy Durante
"There Are Two Sides to Every Girl," "The Fire Chief's Daughter," "Down By the Ocean," "After the Show," "G'Wan Home Your Mudder's Callin'" and "Nellie Martin," music and lyrics by Sammy Fain and Ralph Freed
"Liebstraum (Oh Dream of Love)," music by Franz Liszt, adapted by Charles Previn, lyrics by Ralph Freed
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SONGS
"Hello, Hello, Hello," music and lyrics by Jimmy Durante
"There Are Two Sides to Every Girl," "The Fire Chief's Daughter," "Down By the Ocean," "After the Show," "G'Wan Home Your Mudder's Callin'" and "Nellie Martin," music and lyrics by Sammy Fain and Ralph Freed
"Liebstraum (Oh Dream of Love)," music by Franz Liszt, adapted by Charles Previn, lyrics by Ralph Freed
"Take a Chance on Romance," adapted from "Valse Lente" by Leo Delibes, lyrics by Earl Brent
selection from the opera Lohengrin by Richard Wagner, lyrics by Wilhelm Wymetal
selection from an opera by Felix Mendelssohn, additional music by Charles Previn, lyrics by Earl Brent.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Brighton Beach
Release Date:
April 1946
Production Date:
mid June--early October 1945
addl scenes 30 October--1 November 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
26 February 1946
Copyright Number:
LP127
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
112
Length(in reels):
12
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11244
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In Boston, in 1903, socialite Abigail Chandler performs a piano recital for her friends and dreams of singing at New York City's Metropolitan Opera. Abigail's wish is finally realized when her aunt Jennifer and uncle Jonathan send her to New York to begin voice lessons. Soon after she arrives in New York, however, Abigail becomes disheartened upon learning that her meager allowance is not enough to pay for the lessons she needs. Desperate to make more money, Abigail adopts the stage name Susie Smith and takes a job singing at The Golden Rooster, a notorious beer hall in the Bowery district. Abigail becomes an instant singing sensation at the beer hall and eventually comes to be known as "High C Susie." Meanwhile, back in Boston, Abigail's family reacts with shock and dismay at rumors that Abigail has been seen performing in the Bowery. Determined to learn the truth about Abigail's reputed decline, Jonathan, Jennifer and Abigail's prim sister, Martha Canford Chandler, set out for New York. Jonathan immediately accuses Abigail of "showing her limbs" at a Bowery honky-tonk, but Abigail insists that the rumors are false and that she is performing, as planned, at the Metropolitan Opera. To show that she has made a success of herself in New York, Abigail, with help from her friend "Spike," a Bowery piano player, slips unnoticed into the chorus of the Metropolitan Opera during a performance attended by her family. Her scheme goes awry, however, when she tries to move closer to the front of the stage and accidentally interrupts an aria by the opera's leading tenor, Olaf Olstrom. Despite the performance fiasco, Jennifer, Jonathan and Martha are now convinced that ... +


In Boston, in 1903, socialite Abigail Chandler performs a piano recital for her friends and dreams of singing at New York City's Metropolitan Opera. Abigail's wish is finally realized when her aunt Jennifer and uncle Jonathan send her to New York to begin voice lessons. Soon after she arrives in New York, however, Abigail becomes disheartened upon learning that her meager allowance is not enough to pay for the lessons she needs. Desperate to make more money, Abigail adopts the stage name Susie Smith and takes a job singing at The Golden Rooster, a notorious beer hall in the Bowery district. Abigail becomes an instant singing sensation at the beer hall and eventually comes to be known as "High C Susie." Meanwhile, back in Boston, Abigail's family reacts with shock and dismay at rumors that Abigail has been seen performing in the Bowery. Determined to learn the truth about Abigail's reputed decline, Jonathan, Jennifer and Abigail's prim sister, Martha Canford Chandler, set out for New York. Jonathan immediately accuses Abigail of "showing her limbs" at a Bowery honky-tonk, but Abigail insists that the rumors are false and that she is performing, as planned, at the Metropolitan Opera. To show that she has made a success of herself in New York, Abigail, with help from her friend "Spike," a Bowery piano player, slips unnoticed into the chorus of the Metropolitan Opera during a performance attended by her family. Her scheme goes awry, however, when she tries to move closer to the front of the stage and accidentally interrupts an aria by the opera's leading tenor, Olaf Olstrom. Despite the performance fiasco, Jennifer, Jonathan and Martha are now convinced that Abigail is doing fine at the opera. Jennifer and Jonathan return to Boston, but Martha, who has discovered Abigail's ruse, decides to stay in New York to keep an eye on her sister. Determined to lead Abigail to a better life, Martha decides that she must encourage her to marry. While busily arranging a romance between Abigail and Lawrence Tyburt Patterson, Jr., the son of one of the city's leading opera patrons, Martha finds herself attending the Golden Rooster with greater frequency, and singing and dancing with Abigail. Martha's plan appears destined for success when Abigail is invited to sing at a reception held at the Pattersons' home. Abigail's performance wins the praise of many of the influential guests, and Martha is satisfied that her sister has finally received the critical recognition she deserves. Lawrence, however, has overlooked Abigail's beauty and talent, and has, instead, fallen in love with Martha. After realizing that Abigail is not in love with Lawrence, Martha allows her romance with Lawrence to blossom, and together she and Lawrence work to ensure the success of Abigail's musical career. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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