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The Mating Game (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | October 1959 (Austria)
Tax collector Lorenzo Charlton comes to the Larkins' farm to ask why Pop Larkins hasn't paid his back taxes. Charlton has to stay for a day to try to estimate the income from the farm, but ... See full summary »

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Oliver Kelsey
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Rev. Osgood
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Inspector General Bigelow
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Chief Guthrie
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David DeGroot
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Caryl Bailey ...
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Tax collector Lorenzo Charlton comes to the Larkins' farm to ask why Pop Larkins hasn't paid his back taxes. Charlton has to stay for a day to try to estimate the income from the farm, but it isn't easy to calculate when the farmer has such a lovely daughter, Mariette... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Filmed on location in the haystack! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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October 1959 (Austria)  »

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Engel unter Sündern  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was taken from a a book by H. E. Bates, "The Darling Buds of May". It is the first of five novels (and novellas) about "Pop Larkin". The original story is English, but the movie changed the setting to Maryland. See more »

Goofs

During the opening scene and the aerial view of the Larkin Farm, Lorenzo's car is seen in the yard. Lorenzo doesn't arrive until later. See more »

Quotes

[referring to a pig the family borrowed for breeding that is being returned]
Grant Larkin: Why's he have to be so ornery?
Lee Larkin: Well you'd be ornery, too, if they took you away from your sweetheart.
Grant Larkin: Not if she was a pig, I wouldn't.
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Referenced in Hollywoodland (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Mating Game
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Performed by Debbie Reynolds (uncredited)
[Title song performed during the opening titles and credits]
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Sexy, smart,, and wildly hysterical!
5 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in 1959 when I was 11 years old at a drive-in theater with my family.

Way back then, I thought it was very funny . . . even though I was too young to understand 90% of what makes this marvelous movie such a delight! I saw it again this morning on "Turner South". As I watched it, I was absolutely convulsed with laughter! "The Mating Game" is a unique classic from a by-gone age. If you're too young to have experienced the enchanting period in history that produced this film, I feel very sorry for you. There's no way you can watch movies like this and understand how they can (even today) deliver such a delightful slice of heaven to "old timers" like me.

Having said that, all I can do is respectfully request that younger people refrain from commenting on films like "The Mating Game".

Movies like this were made for the generation that preceded the current group of your people. And as such, these films speak a very different language than any of you can understand.

In other words – if you don't understand the issues the film is addressing, please don't embarrass yourself by offering comments which – frankly – make no sense.


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