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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
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Patrick is actually visible in the background during the early portions of the "Mame" number. He is halfway up a tree behind the chorus during the first verse. Then during the second verse he runs behind the chorus to observe Beau and Mame's promenade. These easy to miss appearances are most obvious in the letterboxed version. See more »
When Mr. Babcock and Mame argue, she has her hands protectively on Patrick's shoulders. Shot cuts to Babcock saying "That's not a school, it's the Garden of Eden," and when it cuts back to the longer shot, her hands are covering Patrick's ears. This odd bit of continuity is due to cut dialogue, in which she declares "What could be more wholesome and natural?" and he responds "It is not wholesome and natural for boys and girls to run around half nude." Mame is shown covering Patrick's ears while responding "Mr. Babcock! Not in front of the B-O-Y!" See more »
"Mame" is a disgrace to many things--to Lucille Ball, to a story which has been told better many times over, and to the musical genre altogether. Ms. Ball does not understand her character at all and she seems to be heavily sedated. Bea Arthur is good, but it is not enough. The production is very shoddy and cheap looking, the songs are sub-par, and nearly every joke misfires. Also, Lucy couldn't dance well, so the music had to be slowed down to a funerial pace. Avoid at all costs, but DO see the delightful "Auntie Mame."
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