Two Sisters from Boston

Two Sisters from Boston is a 1946 musical comedy film directed by Henry Koster and starring Kathryn Grayson, June Allyson, Lauritz Melchior, Jimmy Durante and Peter Lawford. The film features songs by Sammy Fain and Ralph Freed.

Two Sisters from Boston
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Directed byHenry Koster
Produced byJoe Pasternak
Written byMyles Connolly
StarringKathryn Grayson
June Allyson
Lauritz Melchior
Jimmy Durante
Peter Lawford
CinematographyRobert Surtees
Edited byDouglass Biggs
Distributed byLoew's Inc.[1]
Release date
  • April 1946 (1946-04)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$4,461,000[2]


Abigail, a young lady from Boston, leaves home to go to New York City for singing lessons in pursuit of her grand ambition to sing for the Metropolitan Opera. 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 at the 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.



Music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Ralph Freed.

  • "There's Two Sides to Ev'ry Girl"
  • "Nellie Martin"
  • "The Firechief's Daughter"
  • "G'Wan Home Your Mudder's Callin'"
  • "Down By the Ocean"
  • "After the Show"


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.[2][3]


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?"[4] These two lines consist of the sample as used by the Chameleons.[5] 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."[6]


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