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Mame (1974)

PG | | Musical | 27 March 1974 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. See more awards »



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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 Huggo

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She'll coax the blues right out of your heart!




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Release Date:

27 March 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ante todo, mujer  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "Mame" opened at the Winter Garden Theater on May 24, 1966, ran for 1508 performances and was nominated for the 1966 Tony Awards for the Best Musical and Best Score. Bea Arthur recreated her stage role for this film version for which she had won the 1966 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. See more »


Mame claps her hands together and asks "Where's all of last year's tinsel and stuff?" Then the camera angle changes and Mame's hands are suddenly spread apart. See more »


Vera: I have an astronomical discovery for you. The man in the moon is a bitch.
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The Man in the Moon
Performed by Bea Arthur
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A wonderful movie -- still shining after all these years.
24 March 2000 | by (West Coast) – See all my reviews

I love this movie from start to finish, always have. I think those who have heavily criticized this film are either anti Lucille Ball (oh my) or have first impressions of the Auntie Mame character by Rosalind Russell and Angela Lansbury. When I watch a movie, I want to be entertained. The first time I saw "Mame" back in the Seventies I just loved it. It's a great story, the songs are memorable, and Beatrice Arthur almost steals the show as Vera (she should have received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress). I am not looking for perfection as so many of the reviewers here seem to. Lucy does a fine job as far as I'm concerned. She has me totally enthralled for three hours and I am sure that's exactly what Miss Ball set out to do. Way to go, Lucy!

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