Two Sisters From Boston (1946)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Comedy, Showbiz Comedy  |   Release Date - Apr 1, 1946 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 112 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Two Sisters from Boston is a "they don't make them like that anymore" musical – and how one reacts to Boston may very well be determined by how one feels about that particular sentiment. Certainly Boston's fans will not like it because it's actually a great film or an unusually adventurous take on the musical genre. Boston is a thoroughly conventional film, one of many "tuners" of the "should I sing it straight or should I sing it hot?" school. This is a predicament that is actually fairly rare in real life, but you'd never know it from the musicals of the 1930s and 1940s. There's nothing convincing about the set-up, and the execution, while perhaps more convoluted than most, is nothing to right home about either; indeed, sometimes Boston's screenwriters seem to be operating on the "let's just throw another ingredient into the mix and maybe something will happen" principle. Therefore, the screenplay, despite some amusing sequences, is nothing to write home about. But it does provide its game and appealing cast with ample opportunity to cavort, and that's what gives Boston its appeal. Kathryn Grayson and Lauritz Melchior are in very fine voice, June Allyson and Peter Lawford have a fine chemistry together and, most importantly, Jimmy Durante has never been better. Unique and a true original, Durante was the kind of talent that wasn't always easy to fit into picture. In Boston, however, he's exceptionally well presented and he makes the picture his own. Throw in some fine Sammy Fain tunes, an aria or two and capable direction from Henry Koster, and the result is lightweight and undemanding but quite entertaining.