Two Sisters from Boston

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Two Sisters from Boston
movie poster
Directed by Henry Koster
Produced by Joe Pasternak
Written by Myles Connolly
Starring Kathryn Grayson
June Allyson
Lauritz Melchior
Jimmy Durante
Peter Lawford
Cinematography Robert Surtees
Edited by Douglass Biggs
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • April 1946 (1946-04)
Running time
112 minutes
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.


Abigail, a young lady from Boston, leaves home to go to New York City for singing lessons, her grand ambition being to sing for the Metropolitan Opera there. Unable to make ends meet, she takes a job singing in a Bowery beer hall without telling anyone from her family back home.

When her sister Martha comes to town looking for her, Abigail keeps up the ruse. She even sneaks into a performance as a 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 eventually figures things out. She decides what Abigail needs is a respectable husband and sets out to introduce her to Lawrence, a wealthy young patron of the arts. To her surprise, Lawrence falls for Martha instead, which is fine by Abigail, who simply wants to sing.



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][2]


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?"[3] These two lines consist of the sample as used by the Chameleons.[4] 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."[5]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ See also "60 Top Grossers of 1946", Variety 8 January 1947 p8
  3. ^ "YouTube clip: 'In his autumn before the winter comes mans last mad surge of youth'". Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "YouTube clip: 'The Chameleons - Don't Fall (Original Album Version)'". Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "YouTube clip: 'The Chameleons - Prisoners of the Sun'". Retrieved 17 June 2013. 

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