Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Forgotten Movies: MY SISTER EILEEN
This was a film I could not get enough of as a teenager. (And why is it always Ohio the would be New Yorkers are coming from?) The original source was the stories of Ruth McKenney based on her own move to New York with her sister. Then came a Broadway musical written by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodrov. Then came the movie written by Blake Edwards and Rich Quine and directed by Quine. And finally a brief TV series.
I never got to escape to New York, but the dream was passed on.
Anyway. Betty Garrett and Janet Leigh play two sisters (a writer and an actress) trying to make it in New York. The wonderful Bob Fosse and Tommy Rall dance their way through the film.Jack Lemmon gets top billing, but somehow it is the singing and dancing you remember most. It is too bad that Betty Garrett is remembered mostly for some later ho-hum TV work on ALL IN THE FAMILY and LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY and not for the Broadway star that she was earlier.