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I just finished watching the movie The Sisters. I am a strong follower of TCM and thought I had watched all of Bette Davis's movies but had never seen this one. I am in my late 70's and love the movies of the 30's and 40's. Needless to say TCM is my favorite channel. This was an amazing movie and Bette Davis did not disappoint. What an incredible actress she was as was everyone else in the film. Donald Crisp is the ultimate actor. Great man. I do have a question. When Betty Davis and Errol Flynn reunited at the end and she descended the stairs and she and her two sisters were looking up, are you to take it that she and her husband were going to stay together? Please let me know. I thank you. And I thank TCM.
In the beginning of the year this movie was airing early one morning before I had to go to work. This movie captured me immedialty. Unfortunatly missed the last 1/2 hour to go to work!! I always check to see if this movie will be back on the schedule and to no avil. PLEASE SHOW THIS MOVIE AGAIN!!!!
Good Down to Earth Drama
- Kevin Treglia
Its all about life. What stood out for me was Errol Flynn's character getting fired for shooting his mouth off to his boss. His desperate search for work. His despair. Bette Davis picking up where her husband left off. Her being caught in the San Francisco Earthquake while in her apartment was stupendous.
Flynn & Davis
- Jarrod McDonald
The notes section says Kay Francis was originally intended to play Louise (as was Irene Dunne at one point)...I think it would've been very good with Kay Francis and George Brent. But Bette Davis and Errol Flynn give it something different, and I really enjoyed it. There was a lot about it I didn't want to like at first...like, I felt it unrealistic that of all the women in the room, Flynn would've been attracted to Davis. The casting seemed wrong. In some ways, Flynn relies on his charm so much that it's obvious he's not feeling that sort of love for Louise, because he's not really attracted to Bette Davis, like he is to Olivia DeHavilland in his other films. There is very little romantic chemistry between them, and Davis comes off more as a big sister. But Davis' poignant acting smoothes over this uneven pairing, and Flynn is believable in the drinking scenes...and he's very good on the boat when he wants to get back to Frisco. Also, because the action has to focus on them so much (since they are the big Warner Brothers stars), the other sisters' lives are used as subplots...and I bet if they had stuck completely to the novel, it would've been more of an ensemble drama with the sisters having equal prominence in the narrative. Still, I did enjoy this film and by the end of the story, I was pulling for Louise and Frank as a couple, and I can say it's probably one of the better productions to come from Warners at that time.
- Steve S.
of Errol Flynn in this movie for my money but - it's nice to see Ms. Davis in a caring & sympathetic role. She didn't do enough of that.
Don't miss this one.
This is such a great movie. I saw it for the first time just a few years ago. I have it on my DVR and won't erase it! I hope it comes out on DVD one day soon. It is about 3 sisters from Montana at the turn of the century and the choices they make to live their lives with the men they love, but never letting go of their sisterly bond. There are great sequences of the San Francisco earthquake and fire too. Bette Davis and Errol Flynn are in parts we don't usually see them playing, but of course they play them well. Don't pass it up! Read the book too...
Litvak, Davis, Flynn and Crisp Drama
It's 1938 and director Anatole Litvak has a dream cast to work with: Bette Davis as the lead, Louise Elliott; Errol Flynn as the co-lead, as Frank Medlin; and a superb supporting cast: Donald Crisp as Tim Hazelton; Ian Hunter as William Benson and Anita Louise as Helen Elliott. Bette Davis and Errol Flynn are paired as an unhappily married couple. All 3 of the Elliot sisters are not happy with their marriages. Louise's Frank eventually sails off to an unknown location. By the time he returns, Louiserealized she'd been part of their problems. There's a surprising amount of action in this film, including an earthquake. There's no lull in this film with Litvak directing. Davis acts circles around Flynn; but, his personality gets him through even though he doesn't has comparable acting skills. I'm surprised "The Sisters" hasn't had much more attention and acclaim. It is available on the original VHS and the quality of the film is excellent.
Complex and Compelling Drama
Of the 3 sisters, Louise (Bette Davis) is the one around which the film centers. Davis' performance not only steals the show it makes the film work well. There's as much action in it as an epic like, "Gone with the Wind." I suspect the reason why there are no comments before now is because this film is next to impossible to find. Perhaps that is because it's so rare or just an oversight. This is a very engaging film that needs to be available both via broadcasts, TCM, and to buy. Errol Flynn is paired with Bette Davis. In the later 1930's they were quite a box office draw.