The Sainted Sisters

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The Sainted Sisters
The Sainted Sisters - 1948 Poster.jpg
1948 Theatrical Poster
Directed by William D. Russell
Produced by Richard Maibaum
Written by Harry Clork
N. Richard Nash
Based on adaptation by Mindred Lord
story The Sainted Sisters of Sandy Creek by Elisa Bialk and play adaptation by Bialk and Alden Nash
Starring Veronica Lake
Joan Caulfield
Barry Fitzgerald
George Reeves
Music by Van Cleave
Cinematography Lionel Lindon
Edited by Everett Douglas
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • April 30, 1948 (1948-04-30) (U.S.)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Sainted Sisters is a 1948 comedy film starring Veronica Lake and co-starring Joan Caulfield, Veronica Lake, Barry Fitzgerald, George Reeves, William Demarest and Beulah Bondi. The film was distributed by Paramount Pictures and is notable for being the last film Veronica Lake made under her contract with the studio.


After escaping New York City with the loot from a successful scam they pulled, sisters Letty and Jane Stanton decide to hide out in a small town in Maine close to the Canada–US border. Robbie McCleary takes them in, only to discover the large surplus of money mysteriously appearing.

The girls reluctantly get involved in a charity program and unwittingly become the local celebrities of the town, something that causes a problem when their fame attracts attention outside the small town and the people affected by their previous scams begin to catch up with them.



Elisa Bialk wrote a short story, The Sainted Sisters of Sandy Creek. It was adapted into a play by Bialk and Alden Nash, which was to be produced by the Theatre Guild in 1944 as a possible vehicle for Tallulah Bankhead. However the play was never produced.[1]

Film rights were bought by Paramount in July 1946. They originally announced Betty Hutton would star from a Mindred Lord script, co-starring Diana Lynn (sister), John Lund (minister) and Sterling Hayden (cop), with Val Lewton to produce and Mitchell Leisen to direct in early 1947.[2]

However Hutton and Leisen wound up instead working on Dream Girl and the project was postponed. It was re-activated later in 1947 with Hutton still doown as star; George Marshall was to direct and Richard Maibaum was to produce from a R Richard Nash and Mary McCall script. William Demarest, Sterling Hayden, Barry Fitzgerald and Joan Caulfield were to support Hutton.[3]

Hutton dropped out to go on maternity leave and was replaced by Veronica Lake; George Marshall was replaced as director by William Russell. Sterling Hayden refused to play his role and was put on suspension. His role was taken by George Reeves, who had already been cast in the film but in a smaller role. Filming started in October 1947.[4]

This was the last film Veronica Lake made under her contract with Paramount. She had previously been one of their top stars throughout the early 1940s.

The Sainted Sisters also proved to be one of the last films George Reeves starred in before being offered the coveted part of Superman in the popular television show Adventures of Superman.


  1. ^ Zolotow, Sam (24 October 1945). "Joe E Brown Signs for Harvey". New York Times. p. 26. 
  2. ^ Brady, Thomas (24 January 1947). "Fox to Make Film of Chicago Women". New York Times. p. 18. 
  3. ^ Brady, Thomas (27 Aug 1947). "Paramount Role to Betty Hutton". New York Times. p. 19. 
  4. ^ Brady, Thomas (10 October 1947). "Van Heflin to Star". New York Times. p. 32. 

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