Two Senoritas from Chicago


1h 8m 1943

Brief Synopsis

Daisy Baker, a Chicago "refuse collector" who fancies herself as a theatrical agent, finds a play which had been thrown away by two Portuguese playwrights. Without bothering to get permission, she sends it off to a New York producer named Rupert Shannon and he wires her to come to New York immediately. Daisy and her two showgirl friends, Gloria and Maria, arrive in New York where the two girls assume accents and pretend to be the sisters of the playwright. Shannon agrees to star them in a production of the play. Two former friends, Lena and Louise, recognize the girls and threaten to blow the whistle unless they are also cast. Meanwhile, the two actual playwrights sell the story to producer Sam Grohman who hires Lena and Louise.

Film Details

Release Date
Jun 10, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,244ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

Disgusted with their latest musical play, Portuguese playwrights Gilberto Garcia and Armando Silva ask the hotel manager to dispose of their manuscript. After the manager tosses the play down the trash chute, Daisy Baker, a refuse sorter at the hotel, who envisions herself as a theatrical agent, finds it in the trash and, deciding that it represents her golden opportunity, mails it to New York producer Rupert Shannon. When Daisy receives a telegram from Shannon inviting her to come to New York and sign the contracts for the play, she creates a fictional author named Manuel DeBragansa. Daisy then wires Shannon that DeBragansa is on vacation but she will bring his sisters, who have his power of attorney. Daisy then recruits hotel maids Gloria and Maria, who are aspiring musical comedy stars, to impersonate the sisters. In New York, the ambitious Gloria and Maria almost derail Daisy's dreams when they insist upon playing the leads in the play. Shannon agrees to their terms, however, and the play goes into rehearsal. Meanwhile, Shannon's assistant, Jeff Kenyon, becomes infatuated with Gloria and tells her that he has written a musical in which she and Maria can star as soon as the new show closes. Daisy's plans go awry when Lena Worth and Louise Hotchkiss, Gloria and Maria's arch enemies, arrive in New York and threaten to expose them unless they are given parts in the play. Daisy arranges for them to play two Portuguese girls, and things go smoothly until Shannon throws a party for the press and invites rival producer Sam Grohman, who brings with him Garcia and Silva. When Gloria learns that Garcia and Silva have sold their play to Grohman, who plans to produce it with Lena and Louise playing the leads, she confesses the truth to Shannon. Daisy, ever resourceful, suggests that Shannon can save his investment by telling Grohman that it would be bad business to have two Portuguese musicals appear on Broadway at the same time and offering his scenery and stars in exchange for a partnership arrangement. The deal is almost set when Louise and Lena, fearing for their jobs, reveal that Shannon's play is the same as Grohman's. Daisy, Gloria, Maria and Shannon are jailed for their deception, but Shannon is released after Jeff posts his bail. As Gloria paces her cell, she conceives of an idea to free them. After Daisy confesses that she was solely responsible for the situation, Gloria and Maria are released. Gloria then talks Jeff into producing his own play with the scenery that Shannon had built. On opening night, Daisy escapes from jail and scurries to the theater. Jeff's production is a hit, and Shannon signs the contract for the new play just as the final curtain comes down and the police catch up with Daisy.

Film Details

Release Date
Jun 10, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,244ft (8 reels)

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According to a pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter, Charles Barton was originally slated to direct this picture. Although a Hollywood Reporter production chart adds Edmund Lowe to the cast, he was not in the released film. This picture marked the screen debut of Vi Athens. Two Senoritas from Chicago was a sequel to the 1941 Columbia film Two Latins from Manhattan, which also starred Joan Davis and Jinx Falkenburg and featured the antics of two aspiring singers.