Ohio-born Ruth McKenney's best-selling stories of her sister Eileen and their adventures in 1930's Greenwich Village inspired a 1942 hit film, a successful Broadway musical (Wonderful Town, 1953), and a hit television version of the musical (1958), all starring Rosalind Russell. Richard Quine's 1955 charming and shamefully neglected musical film features an original song score by Jule Styne and George Duning. Co-written by Quine and Blake Edwards and starring Janet Leigh, Betty Garrett, Jack Lemmon and an actor-dancer trying his hand for the first time as a choreographer, Bob Fosse, My Sister Eileen is imbued with an embracing effervescence, an insouciant delight in its characters and a wonderfully lighthearted technique that distinguishes it from many of the lumbering, over-produced versions of Broadway hits Hollywood released at the time. The sense of joy emanating from the cast is characteristic of Quine's affection for and success with actors (Judy Holliday in The Solid Gold Cadillac, James Stewart and Kim Novak in Bell, Book and Candle, William Holden and Nancy Kwan in The World of Suzie Wong). Since his suicide in 1989 at age 69, Quine's reputation has steadily, and deservedly, been accorded more appreciation for his films' lack of pretentiousness combined with a debonair, clear-eyed vision laced with tender melancholy. A new restoration from Sony Pictures.
Born in Detroit, acclaimed Hollywood film director, writer, actor, composer Richard Quine (1920-1989) began his acting career on the Broadway stage at age 11. In 1934, he acted in his first film, John Ford's The World Moves On. But it wasn't until the movie Leather Gloves (1948) that Quine made his mark as a director-a credit he shared with William Asher. Quine is best known for being at the helm of some of Hollywood's most beloved musicals and comedies including The Sunny Side of the Street (1951), Operation Madball (1957), Bell, Book and Candle (1958), Strangers When We Meet (1960), and The World of Suzie Wong (1960). His credits as a producer include such comedies as Paris When It Sizzles (1964).