Two Sisters from Boston

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Two Sisters from Boston
movie poster
Directed by Henry Koster
Starring Kathryn Grayson
June Allyson
Lauritz Melchior
Jimmy Durante
Peter Lawford
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
April 1946
Running time
112 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,223,000[1]
Box office $4,461,000[1]

Two Sisters from Boston is a 1946 musical comedy film directed by Henry Koster. Starring Kathryn Grayson, June Allyson, Lauritz Melchior, Jimmy Durante and Peter Lawford.


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.[1]


The English post-punk band The Chameleons used a sample from the film as the introduction to the song "Don't Fall," the first song on their 1983 debut album Script of the Bridge. The scene features Lawford's character, Lawrence Tyburt Patterson, Jr., asking his mother, played by Nella Walker, about the age of his father. After she tells him that his father is younger than he looks and still 'spry,' Patterson, Jr. says "In his autumn, before the winter, comes man's last mad surge of youth." His mother quickly replies, "What on earth are you talking about?"[2] These two lines consist of the sample as used by the Chameleons.[3] Patterson, Jr. goes on to say that he is quoting the ancient Greek dramatist Sophocles, but the quote itself appears to be either apocryphal, misattributed by the screenwriters or else created by them originally. The Chameleons also used the same sample on an otherwise instrumental recording from the same period, "Prisoners of the Sun."[4]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ "YouTube clip: 'In his autumn before the winter comes mans last mad surge of youth'". Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "YouTube clip: 'The Chameleons - Don't Fall (Original Album Version)'". Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "YouTube clip: 'The Chameleons - Prisoners of the Sun'". Retrieved 17 June 2013. 

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