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It's the late 1920s. Upon the death of wealthy Chicagoan Edward Dennis, his nine-year old son Patrick Dennis becomes the ward of their only living relative, Edward's equally wealthy New York residing sister, Mame Dennis. Edward's will states that Patrick is to be raised Protestant in a "traditional" manner and that the trustee, Mr. Babcock with the Knickerbocker Bank, will pay Mame for expenses incurred in raising Patrick, he having the right of refusal to pay if he deems that the spirit of Edward's will is not honored. Mr. Babcock and Patrick's longtime nanny, the timid Agnes Gooch, are to ensure that Patrick is raised correctly. Edward included these stipulations in his will as he knows his sister is a flamboyant, free wheeling and eccentric woman who can be considered anything but traditional or conventional. Despite the disruption each provides in the other's life, Mame and Patrick form a loving, supportive relationship. Mame wants to provide her sense of guidance to Patrick, ... Written by
Rumors abounded for years that Lucille Ball was chosen for the role over Angela Lansbury because Ball provided most of the financing herself, supposedly in hopes of restarting her film career. Although these rumors continue to this day, they have never been confirmed and no proof was ever produced. See more »
As the opening credits end, when we see the large portrait of Mame in her hallway in a wide shot, Mame's hair is flaming red's to match Lucille Ball's famous hair color. But when we see it again a minute or two later, from a closer view, the same portrait now has brown hair which matches the brunette wig Lucy is wearing in that scene. See more »
[after Patrick and Pegeen say he can't go to Siberia with Mame]
You know what your problem is mom? You don't Live Live LIVE! Life is a Banquet and most sons of bitches are starving to death!
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I think Lucille Ball got a very bad rap when "Mame" debuted. Lucy was carved up by the Press as saying she was too old, a lame dancer, and had a gravely voice, etc.
I think the real problem with the movie is the direction of Gene Saks who quite clearly could not control or contain the great Lucille Ball. Another director such as Billy Wilder would have made Mame hipper and sharper or Lucy's first choice George Cukor might have taken some real chances with Mame. For example I think Robert Preston, once and always "The Music Man" on paper was a great choice but Cukor might have tried a young, studlier dude like Ty Hardin whom Cukor was infatuated with on "The Chapman Report" and while the affection was not reciprocated by Hardin,George Cukor did throw that film to Hardin anyway. "Mame" would have had a sharp, very sexy, much young boyfriend. Cukor's sets may have been more imaginative too. Or Bob Fosse who would have knocked the ball out of the park with his Dancing and Direction. Gene Saks let Ms. Ball control the show and Ball needed direction, or Lucy fell back on her old and famous tricks ( as do all great stars)
Lucille Ball's Mame still holds the record for the biggest weekly gross in a movie theater in the United States. Warners went with Lucille Ball because it was felt Lucy along had the box office clout to open the picture not only in the USA but also worldwide. There was also the report Lucille Ball, wealthy woman, invested $5 Million in this film. Neither Ms. Ball nor WB ever stated this. It was as Walter Winchell used to say an "untrumor"
Ms. Ball started off as a chorus girl and was a fashion model in New York also before she conquered Hollywood, and Ball looks fine. I especially liked the sequence Loving You with Preston and Ball dancing. Elegant!I am glad Theodora Van Runkle got the job of designing clothes rather than Ms. Ball's first pick Edith Head, and as she once remarked Mame would not have sounded like Julie Andrews, Mame was a hard drinking party gal. I always wondered why Ms. Ball never convinced her best friend Carol Burnett to be Gooch.
I liked the Movie and Ms. Ball.
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