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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Mr. Kalinger, Sr.
James Lorimer ...
George C. Kalinger, Jr.
Gladys Hurlbut ...
Mrs. Conger
Cora Witherspoon ...
Mrs. Williamson
Malcolm Keen ...
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Mary Young ...
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Samuel Colt ...
Colonel Conger
Grayce Hampton ...
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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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The actor listed as James Lorimer is the same actor listed as James Larmore in the 1948 film "A Foreign Affair". See more »

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Maggie Carleton: When you've been brought up in a half a dozen embassies, the little princes and little dukes and little diplomats, bowing from the waist and kissing your hand, what do you think you dream about?
Val McNulty: What?
Maggie Carleton: You dream of meeting a man.
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Je n'en connais pas la fin
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Music by Marguerite Monnot
Lyrics by Raymond Asso
Sung by Gene Tierney and others at the party
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somewhat unexpectedly, a really beautiful movie
19 July 2000 | by (Padova, Italy) – See all my reviews

"The Mating season" is definitely, though unexpectedly, a beautiful movie. The plot relies on a simple but original idea: the mother-in-law is a positive character, in some sense the actual heroine of the movie. The misfit between the low-class Ellen McNulty (Thelma Ritter) and the upper-class folks surrounding her, with her son (John Lund) as a link, is a source of continuous fun. Thelma Ritter gives a first-class performance.

Also the rest of the cast works beautifully, especially Larry Keating. The whole movie is a pattern of good taste. What about Gene Tierney? We see her in short-pants... later she sings a French song. This would be enough to recommend the film, isn't it? Now, forget Gene Tierney's beauty for a moment (that's hard, I know): she acted in comedies, dramas, misteries, thrillers, film-noirs, westerns, adventure and historical movies, and so on. She always enters into her role with perfect ease and versatility. She is a great actress, this is the true point. Gene adds further class to "The Mating Season", a little jewel not to be missed.


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