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Mame (1974)

PG  |   |  Musical  |  27 March 1974 (USA)
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The musical revolves around the antics of Mame Dennis, a fun-loving, wealthy eccentric with a flare for life and a razor sharp wit. Her life is suddenly changed when she becomes the ... See full summary »

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The musical revolves around the antics of Mame Dennis, a fun-loving, wealthy eccentric with a flare for life and a razor sharp wit. Her life is suddenly changed when she becomes the guardian of her late brother's only child, Patrick Dennis. Her adventures take us from the speak-easies of the roaring 20's to the depression following the great Stock Market crash. She is rescued by a wealthy Southern plantation owner, marries and is widowed suddenly, and through it all, manages to keep things under control. With some help from her dearest friend, Vera Charles, she helps keep things at 3 Beekman Place a rousing free-for-all. Written by John Deming <jfdeming@sprynet.com>

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

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Ante todo, mujer  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Warner Brothers had planned to release the film with a 5.1 stereo soundtrack but found they were unable to do so. Lucille Ball's singing voice was comprised of multiple different takes, all spliced together. To remaster them would only reveal what a hodge-podge the original recording was. See more »

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When Mame, Agnes, Ito, and Patrick are preparing to dine with Beau, Mame remarks, "I never thought Santa Claus would look so much like Rhett Butler." This part of the movie is set in the early Great Depression, well before Gone with the Wind or even the book (1936) was released. See more »

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Mrs. Upson: Now we all know about these women things, don't we.Come down here and sit beside me.
[Heavily pregnant Agnes sits down]
Mrs. Upson: Now, what's your name dear?
Agnes: Gooch.
Mrs. Upson: And what does Mr. Gooch do?
Agnes: Oh, my father passed on.
Mrs. Upson: No no, I meant your husband.
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Version of Auntie Mame (1958) See more »

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My Best Girl
(Reprise)
Performed by Bruce Davison
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A Grand Old-style Movie Musical
2 November 1999 | by (Little Rock, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

It has been a puzzlement to me ever since seeing Mame in it's premiere run way back in 1974, that so many people have so many different views of this movie. It is either absolutely loved or positively hated by the people who see it. I believe Lucille Ball is, and always will be Mame. She plays the character exactly the way she should be played, hard, tender, funny, bitchy, loving, sophisticated and free-spirited.

This film has a bright cheery look and feel with big splashy production numbers which lovingly look back at the grand old Hollywood Musicals of the past. The production values are stunning, with beautiful sets and costumes that are truer to the period than the ones in Auntie Mame. The supporting cast is great, with Bea Arthur as Vera Charles and Jane Connell as Gooch. And concerning the complaints about the filming of Lucy through gauze, just go back to the MGM Musicals of the 40's and 50's and you'll see almost every major female star, young and old, filmed through heavy gauze.

I've come to the conclusion that this movie has been labeled a bomb for so long that some people already have their minds made up not to like it before the opening credits have ended. And the ones who see it for the first time without any idea of it's troubled history, end up loving it!


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