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Auntie Mame (1958)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 27 December 1958 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside
Lindsay Woolsey
Jan Handzlik ...
Doris Upson


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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Release Date:

27 December 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die tolle Tante  »


Box Office


$2,240,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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2.35 : 1
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Sally Cato: [before a fox-hunt] Well? Shall we to the hounds?
Mame Dennis: [muttered] Yeah, I'd love to meet your family.
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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)
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I love this movie!
3 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best films I have EVER seen, and I watch a lot of films, as I am sure most of you do. First, it is an excellent adaptation of the book. They managed to follow the story line extremely well. Yes, somethings were left out, but all and all, they did a great job. Second, Rosaline Russell rocks! It doesn't matter what character she plays, she is fantastic, but she IS Mame, nobody can do it like her. Forget about the musical version (MAME) with Lucille Ball ( who is a great actress in her own right, but certainly not in the same ballpark with Ms. Russell). Third, it is not only funny, but heartwarming. The relationship between Mame and Patrick speaks volumes about what love should be, completely accepting of who the other person is, even if you don't always agree with them or like what they do. Fantastic family film, fun for everyone.

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