My Sister Eileen


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My Sister Eileen is an American situation comedy based on a series of autobiographical short stories by Ruth McKenney originally published in The New Yorker, as well as the 1940 play and 1942 and 1955 film adaptations they inspired.

The series premiered at 9:00pm ET/PT on CBS on October 15, 1960 and ran for one season of 26 episodes, the last of which was telecast on April 12, 1961.

My Sister Eileen focused on Ruth and Eileen Sherwood, sisters from Ohio who moved to New York City to pursue their respective careers. Ruth, the more serious and more sensible of the two, aspires to be a writer, while the younger and more attractive Eileen dreams of achieving success as an actress. The two girls find an apartment in a Greenwich Village brownstone owned by Mr. Appopoplous and befriend reporter Chick Adams. Ruth accepts a job with publisher D.X. Beaumont and becomes close with her co-worker Bertha. The better part of her time, however, is spent supervising Eileen, who has a tendency to fall for every con artist and potential boyfriend who crosses her path while her agent Marty Scott struggles to find her auditions.

 

Cast

* Elaine Stritch ..... Ruth Sherwood

* Shirley Bonne ..... Eileen Sherwood

* Jack Weston ..... Chick Adams

* Rose Marie ..... Bertha

* Raymond Bailey ..... D.X. Beaumont

* Stubby Kaye ..... Marty Scott

* Leon Belasco ..... Mr. Appopoplous

 

Theme music composer Earle Hagen

Composer(s) Herbert W. Spencer

Country of origin United States

Language(s) English

No. of seasons 1

No. of episodes 26

Production

Producer(s) Dick Wesson

Running time 30 minutes (with commercials)

Production company(s) Screen Gems

Broadcast

Original channel CBS

Original run October 5, 1960 – April 12, 1961

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