MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,914 this week

Auntie Mame (1958)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  27 December 1958 (USA)
8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 7,549 users  
Reviews: 104 user | 18 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.00 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 29 Apr 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 18 Jul 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 19 Aug 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 09 Jul 2013
 
a list of 36 titles
created 01 Sep 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Auntie Mame" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Auntie Mame (1958)

Auntie Mame (1958) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Auntie Mame.

User Polls

Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Gypsy (1962)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden
The Women (1939)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two high-spirited young students at St. Francis Academy For Girls keep things hopping for the challenged Mother Superior and her staff of bewildered Sisters.

Director: Ida Lupino
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Hayley Mills, Binnie Barnes
Sister Kenny (1946)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Elizabeth Kenny, as a young nurse out in the Australian bush discovers an effective treatment for polio, but can't get official recognition or sanction for her techniques and theories. For ... See full summary »

Director: Dudley Nichols
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Alexander Knox, Dean Jagger
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Eugene O'Neill's updated version of the Orestaia. In New England, after the American Civil War, a war-weary Agamem--er, Ezra Mannon comes home to his unhappy wife (Christine) and loving ... See full summary »

Director: Dudley Nichols
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Michael Redgrave, Raymond Massey
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A million dollar Tycoon hires a tutor to teach his lover proper etiquette.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Judy Holliday, William Holden, Broderick Crawford
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Morton DaCosta
Stars: Robert Preston, Tony Randall, Giorgia Moll
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An old-line Mother Superior is challenged by a modern young nun when they take the girls of St. Francis Academy on a bus trip across the U.S.A.

Director: James Neilson
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Stella Stevens, Binnie Barnes
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The stories of several people are told as they stay at a seaside hotel in Bournemouth which features dining at "Separate Tables."

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, David Niven
The Music Man (1962)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A con man comes to a Midwestern town with a scam using a boy's marching band program, but things don't go according to plan.

Director: Morton DaCosta
Stars: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Sisters Ruth and Eileen Sherwood move from Ohio to New York in the hopes of building their careers. Ruth wants to get a job as a writer, while Eileen hopes to succeed on the stage. The two ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Janet Blair
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Coral Browne ...
...
...
...
Lindsay Woolsey
Peggy Cass ...
Jan Handzlik ...
...
...
Lee Patrick ...
Willard Waterman ...
Robin Hughes ...
Brian O'Bannion
Connie Gilchrist ...
Norah Muldoon
Yuki Shimoda ...
Ito
Edit

Storyline

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 <thompson@adobe.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 December 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die tolle Tante  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,240,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Morton DaCosta maintained a theatrical feel to the film's visual style throughout, including his choice to use the artistic touch of blacking out the set and fading out on Mame's face at the end of each scene. This technique was known, according to author Richard Tyler Jordan, as a "Flanagan Fade," named after chief electrician at Warner Bros. Frank Flanagan, who came up with the unique flourish. See more »

Goofs

During the fox hunt scene, a puff of white smoke can be seen coming from behind a bush as the fox runs by. This is likely from a small explosion, like a firecracker, used to scare the fox along a set path. See more »

Quotes

Vera Charles: [to Mame regarding her loud, jingly bracelets] What the HELL have you got back there, reindeer?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Good Will Haunting (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

O Come, All Ye Faithful
(ca 1743) (uncredited)
(aka "Adeste Fidelis")
Music attributed to John Reading (16xx)
Latin lyrics by John Francis Wade (ca 1743)
English lyrics by Frederick Oakeley (1841)
Played and sung at Macy's department store
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Unforgettable Performance By Rosalind Russell
2 November 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

With a perfect match between character and actress, Rosalind Russell's unforgettable performance as "Auntie Mame" is almost enough to carry the whole movie by itself. The story is also interesting, if quite contrived, and most of the supporting cast helps out when needed. The variety of settings and situations also helps to make the movie an effective portrait of a life.

The story works best when taken as an appreciative but light-hearted portrayal of a memorable character. Many of Mame's adventures are stylized, and they work best when not taken too seriously. Given that, there are plenty of amusing sequences, and just enough thoughtful moments to maintain some balance.

Russell herself is in her element. With a character whom it is almost impossible to overplay, she gives the role plenty of energy and charm. She also works very well with the other characters, giving believable (given the character) and usually interesting reactions to what they say and do.

In the supporting cast, Forrest Tucker and Peggy Cass make good use of their scenes, and Fred Clark works well as Mame's frequent adversary. Coral Browne gets some good moments as Mame's old friend. The filming was approached in a rather stagy fashion, yet much of the time this seems appropriate. All told, the movie has a number of strengths, yet the memory most likely to remain is Russell's portrait of Mame herself.


17 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why do so many gay people love this film? richow
Favourite line(s)? robwave
Help! What is the difference between this and 'Mame'? jtr240
Has anyone read the book by Patrick Denis? devil_mergirl
Where was Beau's estate? edalweber
Still relevant... kevinp8192
Discuss Auntie Mame (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?