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The Mating Season (1951)

Ellen McNulty loses her hamburger joint and goes to see her son, who marries a socialite at the same time. Due to her modest background and a case of mistaken identity, Ellen poses as the newlyweds' cook.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Maggie Carleton
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Mr. Kalinger, Sr.
James Lorimer ...
George C. Kalinger, Jr.
Gladys Hurlbut ...
Mrs. Conger
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Mrs. Williamson
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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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It's all about the Jersey City hamburger-slingin' "Mother of the Groom"! See more »

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12 January 1951 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Cast includes five stars who earned Oscar nominations during their careers: Gene Tierney, Miriam Hopkins, Thelma Ritter, Ellen Corby, and Jan Sterling. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Paget: It's the first of July, Mrs. McNulty.
Ellen McNulty: Already? Gee, June flied in a hurry. Isn't it?
Mr. Paget: So did May and April. The bank can't wait any longer.
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The Mating Season
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Music by Jay Livingston
Lyrics by Ray Evans
sung by chorus over main titles
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A Classic
14 March 2003 | by (New England, USA) – See all my reviews

The other review of this movie got the plot wrong. Thelma Ritter is the MOTHER-IN-LAW of Gene Tierney, not her MOTHER. Ms. Ritter's son in the film, played by John Lund is the pretentious one. When his mother arrives to attend his wedding to the gently brought up Ms. Tierney, who is actually a sweetheart and a lady in the best sense of the word, he hands Thelma some cash to get a makeover, noting that she should especially purchase GLOVES, to hide her hands that have worked hard at a hamburger stand to put him through a fancy college. This guy is a real stinker!! Thelma ends up not going to the ceremony, fearful she will embarrass her jerk of a son. She then gets some jobs to buy a fantastic outfit so she can drop in on the newlyweds. When Ms. Ritter gets there, Gene Tierney thinks she is the cook she wanted, and latches on to her because Ms. Tierney is having her first dinner party, and she is in a state of panic and disaster. The plot revolves around the fact that Thelma stays on to help out, and swears her son to secrecy about who she is. There are absolutely SOLID GOLD performances by Miriam Hopkins, as Gene's snooty mother, and Larry Keating, as John Lund's down-to-earth boss. The best part of this movie is when Gene discovers the masquerade and tells her insensitive husband off, defending his mother as a wonderful, honorable woman. DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE !!


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