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The Mating Season (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 12 January 1951 (USA)
Ellen McNulty loses her hamburger joint and goes to see her son, who marries a socialite at the same time. Due to her modest background and a case of mistaken identity, Ellen poses as the newlyweds' cook.

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

Charles Brackett (written for the screen by), Walter Reisch (written for the screen by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Tierney ... Maggie Carleton
John Lund ... Val McNulty
Miriam Hopkins ... Fran Carleton
Thelma Ritter ... Ellen McNulty
Jan Sterling ... Betsy
Larry Keating ... Mr. Kalinger, Sr.
James Lorimer James Lorimer ... George C. Kalinger, Jr.
Gladys Hurlbut Gladys Hurlbut ... Mrs. Conger
Cora Witherspoon ... Mrs. Williamson
Malcolm Keen ... Mr. Williamson
Ellen Corby ... Annie
Billie Bird ... Mugsy
Mary Young ... Spinster
Samuel Colt Samuel Colt ... Colonel Conger
Grayce Hampton ... Mrs. Fahnstock
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Storyline

Ellen McNulty leaves her New Jersey hamburger stand and heads west to pay a surprise visit to her son and his new bride. When Ellen arrives, her daughter-in-law mistakes her for the maid she has hired for a big party they are throwing. Rather than cause any embarrassment, Ellen goes along with the charade, which leads to many complications. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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It's a 3-Woman Honeymoon and a Thousand LAFF-RIOT See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Relative Stranger See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although playing his mother in this film, Thelma Ritter was only 9 years older than 'John Lund'. See more »

Quotes

Ellen McNulty: Well, who stole the meat outta her sandwich?
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Soundtracks

Mona Lisa
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Music by Jay Livingston
Lyrics by Ray Evans
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A Gem of a Film
1 February 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This was a film I enjoyed from the beginning of this right to the end because of the funny story and the outstanding cast of great actors. Gene Tierney,( Maggie McNulty), "The Left Hand of God" meets John Lund, (Val McNulty), "Steel Town" and marries him immediately and has never even met his mother. Val McNulty's mother is Thelma Ritter, (Ellen McNulty), "Pillow Talk", who has a hamburger stand in Jersey City, New Jersey and is running into problems with her business and has to sell her hamburger stand and decides to pack up and visit her son. Ellen arrives at her daughter-in-law's apartment and gets mistaken as a cook who they are seeking to hire for a big party they are going to arrange. It is from this point in the picture that things start to get rather crazy where two mother-in-laws are living with the newlyweds and not realizing that the cook is Val's mother. This is a great 1951 Classic comedy with two great actresses Gene Tierney and Thelma Ritter. Don't miss this film, it is lots of fun to view.


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