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Auntie Mame -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Betty Comden (screenplay) and
Adolph Green (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
27 December 1958 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"She's the Pied Piper!" See more (101 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rosalind Russell ... Mame Dennis

Forrest Tucker ... Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside
Coral Browne ... Vera Charles

Fred Clark ... Dwight Babcock

Roger Smith ... Patrick Dennis - Older

Patric Knowles ... Lindsay Woolsey
Peggy Cass ... Agnes Gooch
Jan Handzlik ... Patrick Dennis - Younger

Joanna Barnes ... Gloria Upson

Pippa Scott ... Pegeen Ryan
Lee Patrick ... Doris Upson
Willard Waterman ... Claude Upson
Robin Hughes ... Brian O'Bannion
Connie Gilchrist ... Norah Muldoon
Yuki Shimoda ... Ito
Brook Byron ... Sally Cato MacDougall
Carol Veazie ... Mrs. Burnside

Henry Brandon ... Acacius Page
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cris Alexander ... Mr. Loomis (uncredited)
Olive Blakeney ... Dowager (uncredited)
Lela Bliss ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Peter Bourne ... Party Guest (uncredited)
John Caler ... College Boy (uncredited)
Evelyn Ceder ... Woman in White (uncredited)

Roydon Clark ... Stable Boy (uncredited)
Booth Colman ... Alan - Party Guest (uncredited)
Max Cutler ... Gangster (uncredited)
Morton DaCosta ... Edwin Dennis (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Daly ... Workman (uncredited)
Mark Dana ... Reginald (uncredited)
Paul Davis ... Stage Manager (uncredited)

Margaret Dumont ... Noblewoman in Play (uncredited)
Sandra Edwards ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Sleeping Man in Audience (uncredited)
Robert Gates ... Actor as 'Lord Dudley' (uncredited)
Gregory Gaye ... Vladimir Klinkoff (uncredited)
Rand Harper ... Pianist (uncredited)
Michael Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Mr. Jackson (uncredited)
Charles Heard ... Dr. Feuchtwanger (uncredited)
Butch Hengen ... Emory MacDougall (uncredited)

Gloria Holden ... Guest at Garden Party (uncredited)
Dick Hudkins ... Stable Boy (uncredited)
Terry Kelman ... Michael Dennis (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Front Row Audience at Play (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Perry - Party Guest (uncredited)
Louise Lane ... Jazzy Dame (uncredited)
Cajan Lee ... Woman Hunter (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Actor on Stage (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Actor on Stage (uncredited)
Tom McDonough ... Expressman (uncredited)
Owen McGiveney ... Man Wearing Monocle (uncredited)
Daniel Meyers ... Groom (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Extra Boarding Departing Ship (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Doye O'Dell ... Cousin Jeff (uncredited)
Barbara Pepper ... Mrs. Krantz (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Doorman (uncredited)
Richard Reeves ... Mr. Krantz (uncredited)
Larry Rio ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Gladys Roach ... Mrs. Klinkoff (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Front Row Audience at Play (uncredited)
Hazel Shermet ... Macy's Customer (uncredited)
Dean Smith ... Puts Mame on her Horse (uncredited)
Smokey ... Mame's Horse (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Dub Taylor ... County Veterinarian (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Actor in Play (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ... Mrs. Jennings (uncredited)

Directed by
Morton DaCosta 
 
Writing credits
Betty Comden (screenplay) and
Adolph Green (screenplay)

Patrick Dennis (from the novel: "Auntie Mame" by)

Produced by
Morton DaCosta .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William H. Ziegler (film editor) (as William Ziegler)
 
Production Design by
Malcolm C. Bert (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Malcolm C. Bert  (as Malcolm Bert)
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Gene Hibbs .... makeup by: Miss Russell's
Myrl Stoltz .... hair styles by: Miss Russell's
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Alvarado .... assistant director (as Don Page)
 
Art Department
Robert Hanley .... interior decor consultant
 
Sound Department
M.A. Merrick .... sound
Michael Colgan .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bruce Flu .... sound editor (uncredited)
Larry Meek .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Audrey Scott .... riding double: Rosalind Russell (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Stradling Jr. .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ray Heindorf .... music supervision
 
Other crew
Lawrence Carr .... produced on the stage by
Robert Fryer .... produced on the stage by
Jerome Lawrence .... adapted for the stage by
Robert E. Lee .... adapted for the stage by
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... animal coordinator (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
143 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #19033) | USA:TV-MA (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Reportedly, the character of Auntie Mame was based on Patrick Dennis's real-life aunt, Marian Tanner. A good-natured eccentric, who lived to be nearly one hundred years old, Ms. Tanner's advice to those seeking a more interesting, adventurous life was to never be afraid to try a new experience and to keep an open mind about everything and everybody.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After learning that Patrick will be sent away to boarding school, the hand Mame holds to her face switches between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Burnside:[talking to her relatives] 'afternoon to y'all! Vultures!
Sally Cato:Now Mrs. Burnside, I hope you don't think of me as a vulture!
Mrs. Burnside:Oh, no, Sally Cato! You're not a vulture, you're just a dead pidgeon!
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Tip-Toe thru' the Tulips with MeSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
"She's the Pied Piper!", 20 August 2007
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

From the cartoon kaleidoscope opening to the last walk up the staircase for Mame Dennis, this comically-contrived and highly theatrical movie version of the celebrated Broadway success is nevertheless pleasing in almost every sense. Director Morton DaCosta, who also helmed the stage version, uses the theatricality of the piece to his advantage, giving the proceedings the shiny look and feel of a holiday bauble. The movie takes off running, bursting with chatter and frivolity, and Rosalind Russell is a great crazy-quilt hostess, often going in three directions at once. The story of an orphaned lad in 1928 who goes to live with his batty aunt in New York City started life as a book by Patrick Dennis, with Russell playing the lead once it was turned into a play. The film-version doesn't try to disguise the stage origins, but then it doesn't really have to; DaCosta keeps the pacing so brisk, with characters entering and exiting rapidly, that initially the viewer may feel as though something important may have been missed. The picture isn't loaded down with artificial charm. On the contrary, the romantic sub-plot between Russell and oil tycoon Forrest Tucker (which, again, is quick--in and out) is genuinely sweet (this is Tucker's triumph as much as it is Russell's) and the supporting players are impeccably well-cast, bouncing off each other like frenetic ornaments. While the plot does slip into an episodic structure (and does feel a bit lengthy), the smooth maneuvering of characters and quirks and hang-ups and hang-overs is an awful lot of fun. As for Russell, she gives shading and feeling to this woman; her exuberance can be taken as a put-on (for laughs), yet we never lose sight of Mame Dennis as a ballsy, bright lady, and she never lapses into bitchiness. Mame may have been real, or maybe just a literary confection, but she isn't a phony. She believes life is a banquet, and gets us to believe it too. *** from ****

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