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Two Sisters From Boston


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  • Actors: Kathryn Grayson, June Allyson, Lauritz Melchior, Jimmy Durante, Peter Lawford
  • Directors: Henry Koster
  • Producers: 77
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XX3FVC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,745 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Two Sisters From Boston" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

With those gams and that voice, High "C" Susie packs 'em in at a Bowery honkytonk located several blocks and a world away from where her Beantown family thinks she's singing: the grand opera house. Then her prim and disapproving sister comes to town...and promptly
falls in love with singing, dancing and a handsome young man-about-town. Kathryn Grayson and June Allyson are Two Sisters from Boston in a sprightly musical set in glamorous, gas-lit New York and featuring young Peter Lawford for a touch of romance. Two class
acts representing high art (Wagnerian tenor Lauritz Melchior as an opera star) and low comedy (beloved funnyman Jimmy Durante in a movie-stealing performance as the peripatetic honky-tonk proprietor) lend polish and pizzazz to the fun.

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Customer Reviews

Great action and acting by all the actors.
Doris M. Edwards
Miss Grayson shows she can handle comic as well as classical music and in my opinion is one of the most beautiful movie stars of her era.
jamie
The plot is slightly nonsensical but it really doesn't matter in this case.
Peter Kenney

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Veronica L. Rivera on April 22, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
June Allyson, Kathryn Grayson, Jimmy Durante, & Peter Lawford lead the cast in this charming, funny romantic musical set at the turn of the Century.
Allyson and Grayson are Martha and Abigail Chandler, two sisters from an elite conservative family in Boston. Pursuing a singing career in the opera, Abigail(Grayson) lives on her own in New York and pays for her singing lessons by singing and dancing at a bar run by the endearing Jimmy Durante.
The fun begins when Abigail's Boston relatives find out and head to New York to set her straight. Fortunately for Abigail, younger sister Martha(Allyson) comes to the rescue risking her own good girl reputation to cover for her sister and help her make it to the Grand Opera.
Peter Lawford and June Allyson are hysterical as the over conservative goody-goodies who fall for each other, Jimmy Durante gives an adorable comical performance as Abigail's boss, and Kathryn Grayson gives beautiful renditions of classical songs.
Memorable scenes include Allyson's performance of the song "After the Show" in a bar, and Grayson's hilarius run-in with the great opera singer Ostrum(Lauritz Melchior) as she steals his aria during a live performance.
Very funny plot and performances throughout the whole movie. Definitely worth watching and enjoying over and over again!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2004
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June Allyson and Kathryn Grayson work very well together in this movie. The character that Kathryn Grayson plays is different from the usual "good-girl" she plays in her other movies. She's not "bad"; it's just not a role you'd expect her to play. The songs in this movie are mostly sung by Kathryn Grayson, but June Allyson does have a funny little number that she belts out comically. Jimmy Durante and Peter Lawford are the objects of "romance" for the sisters. I really enjoyed this movie because not only was it funny, but the songs and the plot were great too!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kenney on June 7, 2004
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TWO SISTERS FROM BOSTON is a musical comedy about two girls from Boston who go to New York and get jobs as singers and dancers in a Bowery nightclub while trying to land a spot in the Met for one of the sisters (Kathryn Grayson). June Allyson plays the other sister and Jimmy Durante is the owner of the Bowery joint. Lauritz Melchior, Peter Lawford and Ben Blue appear in strong supporting roles. The talented cast is what makes the movie so entertaining. The plot is slightly nonsensical but it really doesn't matter in this case.
Henry Koster directed many other films including FLOWER DRUM SONG, MY MAN GODFREY and THE BISHOP'S WIFE. He was nominated for an Oscar for the latter in 1947. Lauritz Melchior was underrated as an actor and I wish that he had made more movies.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jamie on October 20, 2003
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This is an entertaining lower budget MGM musical. Kathryn Grayson gets to show her sense of humor and June Allyson is charming. Miss
Grayson shows she can handle comic as well as classical music and
in my opinion is one of the most beautiful movie stars of her era. This is a well paced, funny film; the ending could have been a bit
stronger, but viewers shouldm't be disappointed. One of the best
examples of the use of opera as comedy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CelticWomanFanPiano VINE VOICE on May 30, 2010
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This movie is simply put, fantastic! I found it to be delightful in every way. Kathryn Grayson and June Allyson are two very proper sisters from high society in Boston. One of them has been working in a burlesque show to pay for her music lessons in order to try and get into opera. When her sister finds out about it, she is of course shocked! But in an amazing display of sisterly love, June Allyson takes the heat at a high society dinner party and pretends to be the one in the burlesque act. This of course leads to broken hearts from her high society friend. However, all is happily resolved. And we are treated to some delightful comedy in between. A must-see!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rosella Ann Myles on November 12, 2002
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A classic and more unknown film This one is well worth seeing and entertaining. The storyline is cute and entertaining.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 2000
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I think that "Two Sisters from Boston" is a great movie because it's funny and romantic. June Allyson brightens up the movie. Especialy in her song "After The Show". If you are a June fan you will like her in this early film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Glasser VINE VOICE on May 30, 2009
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Abigail Chandler (Kathryn Grayson) has shamed the family! She has been performing at a nightclub called "The Golden Rooster," an unheard of act for a girl from such a family. A sample of her bloodline comes to investigate, and when her sister (June Allyson) learns the truth, that Abigail only did it because she was desperate for money and couldn't make it into the opera, she does what she can to help. Along with Abigail's manager (Jimmy Durante) and her sister's beau (Peter Lawford), they do their best to keep her past a secret and launch her into the career she always dreamed of.

There is plenty of humor in this movie, and that is its strength. Aside form the vibrant personality of Durante, who is always pleasant no matter what he is doing, Allyson grabs several laughs with her fainting and prudishness. There is also a cute bit about early RCA records and "His Master's Voice." Only die hard fans of this era will get the joke, but it is a nice nod.

I am not a big opera fan, so I did not enjoy those scenes as much as I liked the jazzy ones set in The Golden Rooster. However, Grayson has obvious talent as a singer and is really beautiful.
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