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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 »

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Fran Carleton: If your father were alive, he'd turn over in his grave!
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Lyrics by Ray Evans
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A great cast working at their professional peak.
18 September 2003 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

This one has the distinct virtue of allowing Thelma Ritter more than a few brief scenes and, as her fans will tell you, she's the best reason for seeing this well-scripted, smoothly directed comedy of manners.

The beautiful Gene Tierney and handsome John Lund make a convincingly in-love married couple, though this role probably sealed John's fate as a "stuffed shirt" in the roles he later accepted. Miriam Hopkins is devastatingly effective as a wretchedly spoiled woman and Larry Keating is just fine as a feet-on-the-ground boss.

If you can catch this one, its dated elements shouldn't detract from a very enjoyable viewing experience.


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