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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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Betsy
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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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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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12 January 1951 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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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

Val McNulty: Junior Kalinger? Oh, he's OK.
Ellen McNulty: Oh, go on, I've stepped on better things.
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Soundtracks

When I Take My Sugar to Tea
(uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal and Pierre Norman
Sung by James Lorimer at the party
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Classic Ensemble Comedy: Tierney, Hopkins, Ritter, at their Professional Peak **** stars
2 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Where do I start, this seems to be just a well done ensemble farce with elements of screwball comedy. Mistaken identity, overbearing mother in law. But when you take a second look, this is a movie with cynical undercurrents about the American dream. I don't want to give away the plot so I will just comment on the excellent cast and direction by Mitchell Leisen. Leisen treats the material with such respect and care, what could have been average is fresh and new. Gene Tierney has a great comic touch, Miriam Hopkins gives a great over the top performance, then what can I say Thelma Ritter, just amazing. I was really impressed with her warm hearted scenes with Gene Tierney. There is not a weak link in the supporting cast. This is great ensemble acting. The movie comes to a very satisfying conclusion. This is one of the most underrated comedies of the era. I do believe this movies is gaining the respect it deserves. Most critics today consider this a CLASSIC. I hope Paramount will release this on DVD.


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