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The eldest Barbara Stanwyck of three sisters protects their Fifth Avenue mansion from a developer George Brent she once married. Henry Blanke Hal B. Lenore J.
Barbara Stanwyck Fiona Gaylord. George Brent Charles Barclay. Geraldine Fitzgerald Evelyn Gaylord Burton.
What a long, gray and pretentious film "The Gay Sisters" is! Another pointlessly caustic inquiry into the lives of the eccentric off-spring of a once grand family, the new film at the Strand not once offers the slightest reason to warrant the telling of its involved and trivial story. That statement may serve as the nub of a theme which is expanded, repeated and proven for no less than tortured minutes.
The Warner Bros. Before Penn left for France, he told Fiona, the eldest, that the Gaylords have never sold the land they have acquired. However, their half billion dollar inheritance is held up in probate for decades; Fiona complains that they have practically grown up in court.
The studio intended the project for Bette Davisand according to memos from producer Henry Blanke to studio executive Hal Wallis reprinted in a modern source, Mary Astor was considered for the part of "Evelyn. The studio also made an offer to Katharine Hepburn. Nancy Coleman replaced Olivia De Havilland in the part of "Susanna" when the latter was put on technical suspension to enable her to take a vacation.
A rote melodrama from Warner Brothers and director Irving RapperThe Gay Sisters does feature a typically fiery performance from Barbara Stanwyckbut little else worth recommending. Fiona StanwyckEvelyn Geraldine Fitzgeraldand Susanna Gaylord Nancy Coleman make up the titular sisters—who, as children, are left an enormous fortune by their deceased parents, only to have it all tied up in legal troubles for most of their life. Their situation is complicated by Charles Barclay George Brentwooden as evera real estate tycoon who wants to buy their mansion to tear it down for the land—and who knows a secret about Fiona and a young boy Larry Simms who lives in the Gaylord mansion with their housekeeper.