The Sisters

  • 1938
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Romance

A solid Krims screenplay based on the bestseller by Brinig makes for good drama in this tale of a trio of sisters in the years just after the turn of the century. Teddy Roosevelt has just been elected and there's a large party in a small Montana town where the three daughters of Bondi and Travers are the belles of the election-night ball. The oldest is...read more

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A solid Krims screenplay based on the bestseller by Brinig makes for good drama in this tale of a trio of sisters in the years just after the turn of the century. Teddy Roosevelt has just been elected and there's a large party in a small Montana town where the three daughters of Bondi

and Travers are the belles of the election-night ball. The oldest is Davis, next is Louise, and then Bryan. Louise becomes engaged to millionaire Hale, a kindly man whom she will marry for money, not love. She is really in love with Warburton, a handsome Englishman, but she opts for Hale and stays

with him until he dies, after which she pairs with Warburton. Davis had been seeing Foran, the son of the town's banker; when that's over, he marries Bryan, and they remain in Montana and have a happy enough life, with the exception of one small fling Foran has with a local hat maker. Davis is the

major focus of the tale. She runs off with Flynn, a sports reporter on a San Francisco newspaper. He's a handsome weakling who takes to drink when he can't earn enough of a living to support the woman he loves. Then he ships out to Singapore rather than face her. She is worried sick about his

whereabouts as she's just learned she's expecting. The San Francisco earthquake hits (the studio used some stock footage from their 1927 film, IN OLD SAN FRANCISCO) and although it's not nearly as spectacular as the same tremor in MGM's SAN FRANCISCO, it is there more as a story point than for its

own sake. After roaming the burning city, Davis is taken in by Crews, the mother of neighbor Patrick. She has a miscarriage and they help her through it. Later, she tries to find Flynn and fails, gains employment at a store owned by Hunter, who falls hard for her. She's on holiday in Montana when

Flynn comes back to San Francisco after having been away three years. Davis, Bryan, and Louise attend a celebration for new President Taft when Hunter arrives with Flynn in tow. Flynn now comes to the realization that he still loves Davis and asks her to reconcile. Hunter steps aside in

gentlemanly style, and the two are reunited. Note Susan Hayward in a bit part, her second film. Also, watch for Bogart's battling wife, Mayo Methot, as a nameless blonde.

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