Is Two Sisters domestic tragedy or dark comedy? Any way that you look at it, make sure there's a tissue nearby: On her deathbed in a Bronx tenament, Mrs. Glickstein extracts a promise from her eldest daughter Betty: that she will be both sister and mother to her younger sister Sally, and to do everything to ensure her happiness.
From then on Betty works tirelessly supporting her sister through nursing school, her fiancee through medical school and her father in a TB sanatarium only to have her happiness shattered when her sister and fiancee fall in love. Jennie Goldstein puts in a command performance as the "pathological arch-martyr" Betty, including a rampage through her fiancee's office declaring everything, including him, belongs to her!
This family drama of personal sacrifice and devotion without end amidst the struggle to succeed in America provides a perfect vehicle for Jennie Goldstein. The screenplay, which combines slapstick humor and deep pathos, is typical of the once-vibrant Second Avenue Yiddish theater and preserves Jennie Goldstein's only film appearance.