Monday, April 5, 2010

365 Movies: The Sisters Review

The Sisters stars Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Anita Louise, Dick Foran, Jane Bryan, Beulah Bondi, Donald Crisp, and Henry Travers in this 1938 melodrama, directed by Anatole Litvak. The film is about three sisters, who meet and fall in love with three very different men. Eldest sister Louise(Davis) meets sports writer, Frank Medlin(Flynn) who at first glance, seems like a very charming fellow, until his demons(his alcoholism and not being able to support Louise) get in the way of their happiness. Middle sister, Helen(Louise) marries a man, she does not love, only to feel free from her parents but in the end, what she gets, is too many marriages under her belt. And the youngest and last sister, Grace(Bryan) marries Tom Knivel(Foran), a man who was hopelessly in love with Louise but finds second chances with Grace. The film is far too dramatic for my liking. I would have loved, if there was a little bit of humor in the film, to relax some of the scenes but alas it didn't have them. Henry Travers and Beulah Bondi were wonderful as the parents of the three girls and I think, out of the all characters, they were my favorites. I felt that Bette and Errol were a bit mismatched but they did have some chemistry. I was rather disappointed to find such a small role for Patric Knowles. You hardly even know, he's in the film!

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Sally said...

That's too bad that it was so disappointing. I'm not one for melodramas, so I'm very glad you reviewed this one. I'm on a crazy Errol Flynn kick and was thinking of checking this one out. Thank you for reviewing it! Now I know I wouldn't like it much either.

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