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The Mating Season (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 12 January 1951 (USA)
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Mr. Williamson
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Annie
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Mugsy
Mary Young ...
Spinster
Samuel Colt ...
Colonel Conger
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Mrs. Fahnstock
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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12 January 1951 (USA)  »

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A Relative Stranger  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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Soundtracks

The Mating Season
(uncredited)
Music by Jay Livingston
Lyrics by Ray Evans
sung by chorus over main titles
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This is movie is worth watching and buying
2 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a lost treasure, I saw it a few nights ago on TCM, and was surprise about the acting and the quality of the movie, script and direction, and for a change it is not set in New York or Los Angeles, but in Cleveland, Ohio. Gene Tierney was fantastic in this movie. I wondered aloud why Paramount Pictures have not release this movie on DVD. Gene Tierney is by far one of the most beautiful women ever in movie history. This is a newer version of screwball comedies, but with a twist, I won't spoil it for you. Here goes what I can tell you, two mother-in-laws, a newly wed couple, a rich spoil kid and a beautiful woman, got it? That is all I will say, this movie is a charm. Even if you don't like screwball comedies, Gene Tierney is worth the time, she is just great to look at, a very beautiful woman.


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