It's the late 1920s. Upon the death of wealthy Chicagoan Edward Dennis, his nine-year old son Patrick Dennis becomes the ward of their only living relative, Edward's equally wealthy New ... See full summary »
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
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Mame and Vera reminisce about being in the chorus of a show called "Chu Chin Chow." This musical show premiered in London in 1916 and in New York in 1917, about 20 years before the opening scene in Auntie Mame (1958). The show toured America for years. It was likely one of these touring companies in which the girls appeared. See more »
As Mame and Patrick ascend the staircase and she explains that his room still has her weaving loom in it, she can be heard saying, "I began with an enormous rug", but her lips don't move. See more »
Sometimes you see a movie and you know that the actor or actress in it was born to play that part.
Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind
Bette Davis in All About Eve
Barbra Streisand in Hello, Dolly
Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame
I love Russell and the parts she played. She was a liberated woman before the rest of the world knew that women needed to be liberated.
But in Auntie Mame she reached her peak. Mame is so vibrant and alive. She flaunts every one of Mame's eccentricities without stepping over the line into caricature. She also brings alive Mame's decency, compassion and tolerance. When I watch it, I almost feel ashamed of myself for being such a stick in the mud.
I enjoyed the musical with Lucille Ball, but all the way through it - I wanted it to be Rosalind Russell playing the part. It takes very little imagination on my part to hear her singing the songs. Rosalind, you are "just sensational" as Mame.
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