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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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27 December 1958 (USA)  »

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$2,240,000 (estimated)

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$23,300,000
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Trivia

Gloria Swanson tried to buy the movie rights to the play. Even in the mid-1950s Swanson was looking for a big follow-up to Sunset Blvd. (1950), but Rosalind Russell already owned the movie rights and would not sell. The film was a great comeback for Russell. See more »

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When Mame and Patrick return to her apartment in New York after Beau's death, Patrick closes the door and the whole room shakes. See more »

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Mame Dennis: Oh, Agnes, where is your spine? Here you've been taking my dictation for weeks and you don't get the message of my book. Live, that's the message!
Agnes Gooch: Live?
Mame Dennis: Yes! Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!
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It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
(1850) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Storrs Willis (1850) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Edmund Hamilton Sears (1849) (uncredited)
Played and sung after Mame leaves Macy's
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Unforgettable Performance By Rosalind Russell
2 November 2004 | by 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.


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