Auntie Mame (1958)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  27 December 1958 (USA)
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An orphan goes to live with his free-spirited aunt. Conflict ensues when the executor of his father's estate objects to the aunt's lifestyle.



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Lindsay Woolsey
Peggy Cass ...
Jan Handzlik ...
Lee Patrick ...
Willard Waterman ...
Robin Hughes ...
Brian O'Bannion
Connie Gilchrist ...
Norah Muldoon
Yuki Shimoda ...


Mame is an unconventional individualist socialite from the roaring 20's. When her brother dies, she is forced to raise her nephew Patrick. However, Patrick's father has designated an executor to his will to protect the boy from absorbing too much of Mame's rather unconventional perspective. Patrick and Mame become devoted to each other in spite of this restriction, and together journey through Patrick's childhood and the great depression, amidst some rather zaney adventures. Written by Ross Thompson <>

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All Set to Convulse America All Over Again!


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Release Date:

27 December 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die tolle Tante  »

Box Office


$2,240,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The technique Rosalind Russell uses to interrupt and insult Mr. Babcock - "Nuts?" - was previously used against her character "Sylvia Fowler" in The Women (1939) after Sylvia's line "I wouldn't dream of hurting Mary". See more »


After Beauregard takes a picture of Mame in Egypt, he mounts a two humped camel, which are native to Asia. The one humped Dromedaries are the native camels in Egypt. See more »


Mame Dennis: Well, now, uh, read me all the words you don't understand.
Patrick Dennis: Libido, inferiority complex, stinko, blotto, free love, bathtub gin, monkey glands, Karl Marx... is he one of the Marx Brothers?
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Referenced in The Hunger Games (2012) See more »


Silent Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
Background music at Christmas
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Welcome to life's banquet!
16 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rosalind Russel in the role of a lifetime. Auntie Mame leads her beloved nephew on a roller-coaster ride from riches to rags back to riches, always teaching the boy to "live life to the fullest". The story begins just prior to the great stock market crash of 1929 and spins into present day (1958).

There are delightful moments with colorful characters, most noteworthy "Miss Gooch", an unwed mother and thus an outcast of respectable society. There are several touching scenes when the family is suffering in the great depression, but just as many funny ones, i. e. where Auntie Mame puts some biggoted snobs in their place.

I enjoyed this film slightly more than the later Lucille Ball musical version. Although Rosalind Russel is quite flamboyant, Lucille Ball is completely "over the top" and thus less credible. I recommend the 1958 original over the remake, although both are wonderful entertainment.

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