The Sisters Reviews
January 10, 2014
The troubles of three sisters over a four year period, Bette has the most problems of course. Well made, the earthquake scene is most impressive, and acted. Flynn is at the peak of his attractiveness and the turn of the century fashions suit Bette. Susan Hayward has a wordless bit as a telephone operator. A good show.
November 24, 2012
The Sisters (1938) -- [5.0] -- Bette Davis marries Errol Flynn and moves to San Francisco, but their happy marriage begins to disintegrate when he can't support the couple and turns to drinking. It may be the writing more than the performances, but there's not much chemistry between Flynn and Davis (who hated each other in real life). The film sticks primarily with Davis' character, short-changing the subplots revolving around Davis' sisters (Anita Louise and and Jane Bryan). The 1906 San Francisco earthquake is depicted from inside Davis' apartment -- pretty neat practical effects for the time, though living on the top floor, she'd surely have been killed. Davis and Flynn would be paired one more time, and more successfully, in "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" a year later.
May 25, 2011
***1/2 (out of four)
Bette Davis and her fellow actors are all in fine form in this soapy drama that rises above its atmosphere and becomes a little gem.
The storyu centers around three sisters and the future husbands they meet at a 1904 ball honoring Theodore Roosevelt. Davis falls for a dashing newspaper man who tends to bolt when he feels tied down.
The film is highlighted with a nicely shot backdrop of the San Francisco earthquake.
November 19, 2005
Any Bette Davis movie is worth checking out. This one is very fine, with Bette not letting her fans down. It's a good story of three sisters marrying and their lives taking different paths. Errol Flynn does well as Bette's husband. Well produced by Warner Brothers.