ONCE UPON A TIME
1944, Sony Repertory, 89 min, USA, Dir: Alexander Hall

Huckster showman Jerry Flynn (Cary Grant) has to come up with a quick $100,000, or he’ll lose his theater for good. As luck would have it, he stumbles upon a whimsical find that just might be the ticket out of financial woe: a singing, dancing caterpillar that the nation goes wild for. But as reporters and scientists all fight for the inside scoop about this miraculous creature, the turmoil threatens to separate Flynn from his new-found friends, the caterpillar’s ingenuous owner Pinky and the boy’s charming older sister Jeannie.


MY SISTER EILEEN
1942, Sony Repertory, 96 min, USA, Dir: Alexander Hall

Remade as a musical comedy in 1955, the original screen adaptation of the Broadway hit stars Oscar nominee Rosalind Russell and Janet Blair as sisters who move to Manhattan to further their respective careers in journalism and theater. Renting a cheap Greenwich Village apartment brings the pair into contact with eccentric neighbors, helpful magazine editor Brian Aherne and, in a cameo appearance, The Three Stooges.


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