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Auntie Mame (1958)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 27 December 1958 (USA)
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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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>

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All Set to Convulse America All Over Again!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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27 December 1958 (USA)  »

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Die tolle Tante  »

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$2,240,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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Patrick Dennis - Older: Marriage is a great institution...
Patrick Dennis - OlderPegeen Ryan: But who wants to live in a institution?
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Referenced in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Goes to School! (2015) See more »

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Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
(1851) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
In the score at Beauregard's Plantation
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The One and Only Mame
21 November 2003 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

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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