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The Sainted Sisters (1948) online
Original Title :
The Sainted Sisters
Genre :
Movie / Comedy
Year :
1948
Directror :
William D. Russell
Cast :
Veronica Lake,Joan Caulfield,Barry Fitzgerald
Writer :
Elisa Bialk,Elisa Bialk
Type :
Movie
Time :
1h 29min
Rating :
6.9/10
The Sainted Sisters (1948) online

Meet those not-so-sainted sisters! Just a couple of innocent kids. Here she is part of the bad-girl duo. Another difference is that "Larceny" is a crime thriller whilst "The Sainted Sisters" is a comedy. And both films are as enjoyable as each other.

However - the residents of this small town aren't quite as unsophisticated as the girls think they are. Featured Crew.

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Release Date: 1948-04-30.

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Director: William D. Russell. Starring: Veronica Lake, Joan Caulfield, Barry Fitzgerald and others. However - the residents of this small town aren't quite as unsophisticated as the girls think they are.

They try to reform their lives by performing good deeds for the townsfolk. Directed by: William D.

Two female con artists from New York City, fleeing the law with loot from their latest scam, hide out in a small Maine town, near the Canadian border. However - the residents of this small town aren't quite as unsophisticated as the girls think they are.
Complete credited cast:
Veronica Lake Veronica Lake - Letty Stanton
Joan Caulfield Joan Caulfield - Jane Stanton
Barry Fitzgerald Barry Fitzgerald - Robbie McCleary
George Reeves George Reeves - Sam Stoaks
William Demarest William Demarest - Vern Tewilliger
Beulah Bondi Beulah Bondi - Hester Rivercomb
Chill Wills Chill Wills - Will Twitchell
Kathryn Card Kathryn Card - Martha Tewilliger
Darryl Hickman Darryl Hickman - Jud Tewilliger
Jimmy Hunt Jimmy Hunt - David Frisbee
Ray Walker Ray Walker - Abel Rivercomb
Clancy Cooper Clancy Cooper - Cal Frisbee
Dorothy Adams Dorothy Adams - Widow Davitt
Hank Worden Hank Worden - Taub Beasley
Harold Vermilyea Harold Vermilyea - Lederer

Sterling Hayden was replaced by George Reeves.

In early 1947, Betty Hutton was set to star.

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.


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Vudomuro

Vudomuro

I found " The Sainted Sisters " to be a cute and enjoyable little comedy with lots of the amusement from Barry Fitzgerald, a sly old rascal who helps the two gold-digging sisters reform their ways. Veronica Lake and Joan Caulfield play the two turn-of-the the century sisters who are on the run after relieving an gullible old millionaire out of $ 25.000. Trying to escape to Canada, they are caught in a storm and seek shelter in a small town in Maine. The shelter they seek is the home of Fitzgerald who has peeked through the keyhole and sees the girls hanging up the rain soaked money to dry. Already suspicious of the two, he agrees to let them stay for the night. Next morning as the girls want to be on their way, Fitzgerald questions them about the money, playing dumb, Veronica tells him to hold their suitcase while the girls walk to town to find a horse and buggy. Puzzled as to why he can't find the money in the suitcase, Veronica has it hidden under her bustle, he follows them around town, finally picking up his mail he also picks up the sheriffs new wanted poster of the two girls. Meanwhile the girls have secured a ride from George Reeves, but Fitzgerald intervenes in time, confronts them with the wanted poster and the girls are blackmailed into staying, with Fitzgerald holding their money and distributing it to the needy townspeople. During the course of the story George Reeves falls in love with both girls as does the entire grateful town. This film really shines with the fine cast of character actors, William Demarest, Beulah Bondi, and Chills Wills. Veronica Lake is extremely good as the more cunning of the two sisters, along with Joan Caulfield they are both funny and fetching to watch in their period costumes being slyly tricked by Fitzgerald to help the needy with their money. This really hard to find film is a light-hearted story and entertaining watching the veteran actors of the day. Delightful also for fans of Veronica Lake .
Whatever

Whatever

Having been seen mostly in modern seductive clothing, getting a gander at Veronica Lake in period costumes is quite a switch from those Alan Ladd film noirs that she had become well known for. Cast along with softer looking Joan Caulfield as two New York City con-artists on the run from being nearly caught in their latest get rich quick scheme, the two sisters stop off in a small town near the Canadian border where they hide their loot that somehow ends up getting distributed to the needy folks much to their horror and the bitterness of town matron Beulah Bondi.

A struggling widow prays for a cow and finds a cow; A farmer about to be dispossessed finds money under his door. A young boy who wants to learn how to play the trombone is given the money for the instrument. Lake and Caulfield at first are furious when they find out that the old rascal who found them hiding in his farmhouse (Barry Fitzgerald) found their stash of cash and knowing their secret decided to use it like Robin Hood to help the poor. Bondi puts up $15,000 of her own money to help the town on the promise that Lake and Caulfield will do the same. But Lake has ideas of her own and that means finding Bondi's hidden strong box and skipping town with double of what they had before.

Certainly the premise is outlandish and absurd, but it is presented in such an entertaining way with a load of popular character performers-William Demarest, "I Love Lucy's" Kathryn Card, Chill Wills among them. Future "Superman" George Reeves is the town hero who becomes enamored of both sisters and causes Caulfield to go soft. Bondi's mean-spirited matron is one of many embittered characters she's played, but she allows a few moments of sweetness and light to creep in her character, reminding me of the kindly mothers she's played more often than the meaner ones. However, it's the sprightly Fitzgerald who steals the film with that sly twinkle in his eye that wins over your compassion. So even by a stretch of the imagination, this is a winning comedy with a huge heart that shows atonement of the two sisters who learn more in a short period of time about humanity than an entire lifetime in the big city.
Braendo

Braendo

Sisters Veronica Lake (Letty) and Joan Caulfield (Jane) are bad-ass con merchants who fleece men of their money and then skip town. Weirdly, I had just watched a film called "Larceny" from the same year (1948) a week prior to seeing this film. It has exactly the same premise with John Payne and Dan Duryea as the bad-ass con merchants who fleece victims of their money and skip town. And check this, Joan Caulfield is also in that effort although her role in that film is one of a victim. Here she is part of the bad-girl duo. Another difference is that "Larceny" is a crime thriller whilst "The Sainted Sisters" is a comedy. And both films are as enjoyable as each other. So, the sisters are on the run and take shelter in the house of Barry Fitzgerald (Robbie) who knows what they are up to. Can the girls make it across the Canadian border to freedom?

The film works as a comedy in that the comedy isn't slapstick or dated, tiresome screwball nonsense. It is actually funny and is driven by humerous situations instead of characters shouting over each other or falling over in obvious pratfalls. I was worried when I saw William Demarest in the cast but I have to give him credit in this as he only does one unfunny pratfall that I can remember. Barry Fitzgerald is a bit difficult to understand at times but he drives the film along. The other strong characters are Lake Veronica, the town's wealthy Beulah Bondi (Hester) who is one mean woman dressed in black, and, surprisingly, the usually appalling Demarest as the town's sheriff. You get comedy moments and a morality lesson for the two sisters although the romance thread is a bit difficult to take. No way.
Ces

Ces

Producer: Henry Blanke. Executive producer: Jack L. Warner. Copyright 3 March 1945 by Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. A Warner Bros.-First National picture. New York opening at the Hollywood: 31 January 1945. U.S. release: 3 March 1945. U.K. release: 24 September 1945. Australian release: 2 May 1946. 10,862 feet. 120 minutes.

COMMENT: Unusual in that it is based on an autobiography with a screenplay by the authoress herself. The script covers a lengthy period (from about 1892 to 1942) and takes in a lot of territory, providing opportunities for some of our favorite character actors, though many of them like Alan Hale's shipyard boss and Ethel Griffies' dean of students have only one scene, while some like Joyce Compton's student and Eddie Acuff's pool-player have only one line!

There can be no doubt, however, that the film was designed primarily as a vehicle for Rosalind Russell. Miss Russell is not a performer that I especially like, but it must be admitted that this role suits her mannish personality to a "T". Curtiz allows her to dominate the film just as in real life Louise Randall dominated her own family. It is not altogether a sympathetic picture that she paints of herself, but in Miss Russell's hands it is made to seem all sweetness and light. This is the film's greatest drawback.

Curtiz tries to mirror the times in the life and personality of Miss Randall, but the approach is basically superficial. This is not to deny the superlative filmcraft, the breathtaking skill and sheer expertise that infuses the whole film. Curtiz is such a brilliant craftsman he can shoot sequences from a variety of camera angles that can be edited together with a slickness and completely unobtrusive smoothness that we would not have thought possible.

Take the scene in which Russell's first husband proposes which starts off with an elaborate crane shot that is dissolved into a tracking shot in the opposite direction. Not only is the whole sequence as smooth as silk with camerawork and camera set-ups that are wholly unobtrusive but the atmosphere and pace of the scene is perfectly judged not only through the playing but by the choice of camera angles.

Max Steiner's music score with its atmospheric adaptations of "We're in the Money" and "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" also contributes to the pace of the film and gives its atmosphere, at least superficially, a feeling of authenticity.

The other actors are dwarfed by Miss Russell, but Jack Carson manages to go through his usual routines as Mr. Bumble-footed nice guy even though he does make a late entrance. Still he does manage to give the part a bit of depth whereas all the other members of the cast including Ray Collins (making an early entrance and an even earlier departure!) and Robert Hutton (who doesn't come in till the last ¼ hour) are mere ciphers. Other production credits are impeccable, with meticulously in-period sets and costumes and props, and an enormous number of sets and locations.