Ball Nights

Nights of Ball ( The Sisters ) is an American film directed by Anatole Litvak , released in 1938 .


Three sisters meet at a ceremony in honor of the new President Theodore Roosevelt. They will each get married with different fortunes.

Helen marries a millionaire she does not like. Grace marries a local man and stays in his native Montana. Louise moves with Frank to San Francisco. The latter having lost his job, Louise is hired as an employee in a shop. Frank leaves her to go to China and she finds herself alone facing the famous San Francisco earthquake. She will meet her two sisters again at the celebration of the new President Taft where her repentant husband will come to fetch her again.

Technical sheet

  • Title: Ball Nights
  • Original title: The Sisters
  • Director: Anatole Litvak , assisted by Irving Rapper (uncredited)
  • Scenario: Milton Krims from The Sisters by Myron Brinig
  • Production: David Lewis  (in) , Anatole Litvak , Hal B. Wallis and Jack L. Warner
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Photography: Tony Gaudio
  • Editing: Warren Low
  • Music: Max Steiner
  • Artistic direction: Carl Jules Weyl
  • Costumes: Orry-Kelly
  • Country of origin: United States
  • Format: Black and white
  • Genre: Drama
  • Duration: 99 minutes
  • Release date: October 14, 1938 (USA)


  • Errol Flynn : Frank Medlin
  • Bette Davis : Louise Elliott Medlin
  • Anita Louise : Helen Elliott Johnson
  • Ian Hunter : William Benson
  • Donald Crisp : Tim Hazelton
  • Beulah Bondi : Rose Elliott
  • Jane Bryan : Grace Elliott Knivel
  • Alan Hale : Sam Johnson
  • Dick Foran : Tom Knivel
  • Henry Travers : Ned Elliott
  • Patric Knowles : Norman French
  • Lee Patrick : Flora Gibbon
  • Harry Davenport : Doc Moore
  • Susan Hayward : An operator
  • Laura Hope Crews : Flora’s mother
  • Paul Harvey : Caleb Ammon
  • Arthur Hoyt : Tom Selig

And, among the uncredited actors:

  • Stuart Holmes : Bartender
  • Stanley Fields : The captain of the ship
  • Rosella Towne : telephone operator

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