|Two Sisters from Boston|
|Directed by||Henry Koster|
|Written by||Myles Connolly|
|Produced by||Joe Pasternak|
|Starring|| Kathryn Grayson |
|Edited by||Douglass Biggs|
|Distributed by||Loew's Inc.|
Two Sisters from Boston is a 1946 musical comedy film directed by Henry Koster and starring Kathryn Grayson, June Allyson, Lauritz Melchior, Jimmy Durante and Peter Lawford. The film features songs by Sammy Fain and Ralph Freed.
Abigail, a young lady from Boston, leaves home to go to New York City for singing lessons in pursuit of her grand ambition to sing for the Metropolitan Opera. Unable to make ends meet, she takes a job singing in a Bowery beer hall without telling anyone from her family back home.
When a rumor gets back to Boston that Abigail is performing at a beer hall and showing her limbs, her family is shocked and they decide that they must come to New York and investigate the rumor. Abigail then lies to her family and claims to sing in the Metropolitan Opera, not a beer hall. She even sneaks into a performance at the Met, persuading her family that she really is a singer there, despite causing a mishap that interferes with Olaf Olstrom, the company's top tenor.
Martha, Abigail’s sister, eventually figures things out. She decides that she must help Abigail really get into the opera so that Abigail can leave her scandalous job at the beer hall. Along the way, Martha must cover for Abigail and protect the secret of her job at the beer hall. Martha ends up meeting a young man named Lawrence and begins a romance with him.
Music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Ralph Freed.
According to MGM records, the film was a hit, making $3,334,000 in the US and Canada and $1,127,000 elsewhere, leading to a profit of $605,000.
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