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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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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Die tolle Tante  »

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$2,240,000 (estimated)

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$23,300,000 (USA)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rosalind Russell was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress, but lost to Susan Hayward for I Want to Live! (1958). After the awards ceremony, Russell reportedly said, "Well, I have to admit that nobody deserved it more than Hayward. If it had to be somebody else, I'm glad it was Susie." See more »

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When the fox hunt is over, Auntie Mame hands Patrick the fox, which is a stiff and obviously stuffed prop. See more »

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Vera Charles: [brightly, eyeing the bar] Spirits!
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Deck the Halls
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Traditional Welsh melody, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant (uncredited)
Played on the radio and Danced by Jan Handzlik, Yuki Shimoda and Connie Gilchrist
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A film to watch especially when your spirits are down.
11 July 2003 | by (Eagle, Wisconsin U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Rosalind Russell -IS- Auntie Mame and there is no doubt in my mind that she being cast in the role was a perfect choice. I read Dennis' book and I have to stress that anyone who loves this film but who has not read the book should read it. I think they did a great job in adapting the novel to film although I could imagine the great temptation to include the very racy parts of the novel. If they did include them, the "G" rating would probably have needed to be changed to "R". One of my favorite lines in the film is delivered so expertly by actress Coral Browne (Vera Charles), who upon being wakened out of a drunken sleep (with bottle still in hand) looks out the window at the sun and says "Ohhh---that moon is bright". Another favorite line delivered by Russell (in Mame's comment about Vera Charles' phony English accent) "When your from Pittsburgh, you have to do something". Rosalind Russell brought such magic to the character of Auntie Mame so much so, that I wish I had an Aunt like her. Auntie Mame helps stress the point to appreciate diversity in life and to live life to the fullest. I have often chosen to watch my copy of this film when feeling low and I can tell you it is a spirit lifter.


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