Two Sisters from Boston (1946): Henry Koster’s Musical, Starring Kathryn Grayson and June Allyson

Two Sisters from Boston, a rather naïve and conventional black-and-white musical, was directed by Henry Koster, starring two of MGM’s most popular stars at the time: June Allyson and Kathryn Grayson.

Abigail Chandler (Kathryn Grayson), a young Bostonian, goes to N.Y.C. for singing lessons, hoping to become a singer at the Metropolitan Opera.  To support herself, she takes a job singing in a Bowery beer hall, keeping it as secret from her family.

When her sister Martha (June Allyson) comes to town looking for her, Abigail keeps up the ruse. She even sneaks into a performance as a Met, persuading her family that she sings there, despite causing a mishap that interferes with Olaf Olstrom, the company’s top tenor.

Martha decides that Abigail needs a respectable husband, and to that extent, she  introduce her to Lawrence (Peter Lawford), a wealthy patron of the arts. But, instead, Lawrence falls for Martha, allowing Abigail to pursue her ambition.

Songs, music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Ralph Freed, include: “There’s Two Sides to Ev’ry Girl,” “Nellie Martin,” “The Firechief’s Daughter,” “G’Wan Home Your Mudder’s Callin,'” “Down By the Ocean,” and “After the Show.”