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When his father dies, 10-year old Patrick Dennis (Jan Handzlik) goes to live with his father's only sister, Patrick's Auntie Mame (Rosalind Russell), a free-spirited, flamboyant socialite from the roaring 20s. The two immediately fall in love with each other, and Mame makes it her responsibility to rescue him from stuffy, conventionalist people in order to instill in him that 'Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!'
Indirectly. Auntie Mame was based on a stage play, adapted from a 1955 novel by American author Patrick Dennis. The screenplay for Auntie Mame was co-written by American playwrights/lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
Several years after the fateful party where Patrick (Roger Smith) broke off his engagement to Gloria Upson (Joanna Barnes) and her stuffy parents (Willard Waterman and Lee Patrick), Patrick receives a telegram from Mame announcing her return from India. The family gathers at Mame's Beekman Place apartment (redecorated to look like an elaborate Indian palace) and Mame lavishes presents from her travels on Patrick and Pegeen's (Pippa Scott) eight-year-old son Michael (Terry Kelman). When Mame suggests that she take her 'little love' back to India with her, Patrick says that it's out of the question but relents when Michael reminds him that ''Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!' Mame promises to return Michael by Labor Day (which, according to Mame, falls sometime in November) so that Michael can return to school. In the final scene, Mame leads Michael up the stairs to try on his traveling gear, which she's already purchased, while regaling him with the vistas they're going to explore together.
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