My Sister Eileen

Dir. Richard Quine (1955). This was the fourth dramatized version of Ruth McKenney's stories about two smalltown girls who come to New York to seek fame. It's cute and easy to take. Young Bob Fosse is ingratiating as an amorous soda jerk and moves like a dream—this was the first film he choreographed on his own. Janet Leigh shines as Eileen, but the movie belongs to Betty Garrett, as her sister Ruth. It turned out to be this bubbly performer's penultimate picture—her screen career was cut short by the politics of the McCarthy period.
Tue., Dec. 29, 4:10 & 9 p.m., 2009

 
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