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The Mating Season (1951)

 -  Comedy  -  12 January 1951 (USA)
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Ellen McNulty leaves her New Jersey hamburger stand and heads west to pay a surprise visit to her son and his new bride. When Ellen arrives, her daughter-in-law mistakes her for the maid ... See full summary »

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Maggie Carleton
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Mr. Kalinger, Sr.
James Lorimer ...
George C. Kalinger, Jr.
Gladys Hurlbut ...
Mrs. Conger
Cora Witherspoon ...
Mrs. Williamson
Malcolm Keen ...
Mr. Williamson
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Annie
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Mugsy
Mary Young ...
Spinster
Samuel Colt ...
Colonel Conger
Grayce Hampton ...
Mrs. Fahnstock
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Ellen McNulty leaves her New Jersey hamburger stand and heads west to pay a surprise visit to her son and his new bride. When Ellen arrives, her daughter-in-law mistakes her for the maid she has hired for a big party they are throwing. Rather than cause any embarrassment, Ellen goes along with the charade, which leads to many complications. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Although playing his mother in this film, Thelma Ritter was only 9 years older than 'John Lund'. See more »

Quotes

Val McNulty: Junior Kalinger? Oh, he's OK.
Ellen McNulty: Oh, go on, I've stepped on better things.
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When I Take My Sugar to Tea
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Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal and Pierre Norman
Sung by James Lorimer at the party
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Crisply written romantic comedy
1 January 2006 | by (Huntington Station NY) – See all my reviews

Thelma Ritter as down-on-her-luck Ellen McNulty shines in the role of a mother-in-law mistaken for a maid. Ellen McNulty is a woman everyone would want to have on her side, but woe betide anyone who tries to fool her. Thelma gets the best lines, but all parts are well-written and the film's pacing is superb.

The always reliable, always theatrical, Miriam Hopkins, hams it up as a superficial socialite disappointed in her daughter's selection of the down-to-earth Val McNulty, an up-and- coming corporate man. When a newlywed couple and two mothers occupy the same apartment, watch out!

Part of the pleasure of watching a black and white film from the early fifties is the setting. The outfits, cars, decor (check out the apartment's wallpaper: just amazing in its boldness!) add to the film's substance.

The romantic resolutions at the end of the film are satisfying, and make sense, not always a feature of light romantic comedies.


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