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Auntie Mame (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 27 December 1958 (USA)
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An orphan goes to live with his free-spirited aunt. Conflict ensues when the executor of his father's estate objects to the aunt's lifestyle.

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Morton DaCosta

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Betty Comden (screenplay), Adolph Green (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosalind Russell ... Mame Dennis
Forrest Tucker ... Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside
Coral Browne ... Vera Charles
Fred Clark ... Dwight Babcock
Roger Smith ... Patrick Dennis - Older
Patric Knowles ... Lindsay Woolsey
Peggy Cass ... Agnes Gooch
Jan Handzlik Jan Handzlik ... Patrick Dennis - Younger
Joanna Barnes ... Gloria Upson
Pippa Scott ... Pegeen Ryan
Lee Patrick ... Doris Upson
Willard Waterman ... Claude Upson
Robin Hughes ... Brian O'Bannion
Connie Gilchrist ... Norah Muldoon
Yuki Shimoda ... Ito
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Storyline

Mame is an unconventional individualist socialite from the roaring 20's. When her brother dies, she is forced to raise her nephew Patrick. However, Patrick's father has designated an executor to his will to protect the boy from absorbing too much of Mame's rather unconventional perspective. Patrick and Mame become devoted to each other in spite of this restriction, and together journey through Patrick's childhood and the great depression, amidst some rather zaney adventures. Written by Ross Thompson <thompson@adobe.com>

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Perfect holiday treat...the one and only Auntie Mame and her whole wonderful wacky crew. More hilarious than the smash best-seller, more uproarious than the Broadway hit... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Russian | Hindi

Release Date:

27 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die tolle Tante See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,240,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$23,300,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rosalind Russell broke her ankle in the first take of the scene where she comes flying down the stairs in the gown with the capri pants - shooting had to be delayed until she recovered. See more »

Goofs

When Lindsey and Vera are waiting for Mame's return at Beekman Place after Beau's death, as Miss Gooch arrives, Vera takes off her coat and puts it in the chair by the lilies, then as Mame and Patrick arrive a minute later, Vera, Lindsey and Miss Gootch run to hide without picking up the coat, and when Mame and Patrick come in, the coat is no longer in the chair. See more »

Quotes

Mame Dennis: [Meeting her nephew's snobbish dumb-blonde fiancee for the first time] You're, er, you're at school, dear?
Gloria Upson: I am an Upper Richman Girls School girl.
Mame Dennis: Now, how did you get that lovely tan, so early in the spring?
Gloria Upson: Oh, I played hooky for a couple of weeks. Mums and Dadums and I went down to our place in Fort Lauderdale. We have a place in Fort Lauderdale.
Patrick Dennis: I was out of my mind until she got back. I am insanely jealous of this kid. Sheer torture and I love it.
Gloria Upson: [Coyly] Silly...
Mame Dennis: Tell me dear, have you, er...
[...]
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Flaming Moe's (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
(1851) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
In the score at Beauregard's Plantation
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A film to watch especially when your spirits are down.
11 July 2003 | by TrailriderSee all my reviews

Rosalind Russell -IS- Auntie Mame and there is no doubt in my mind that she being cast in the role was a perfect choice. I read Dennis' book and I have to stress that anyone who loves this film but who has not read the book should read it. I think they did a great job in adapting the novel to film although I could imagine the great temptation to include the very racy parts of the novel. If they did include them, the "G" rating would probably have needed to be changed to "R". One of my favorite lines in the film is delivered so expertly by actress Coral Browne (Vera Charles), who upon being wakened out of a drunken sleep (with bottle still in hand) looks out the window at the sun and says "Ohhh---that moon is bright". Another favorite line delivered by Russell (in Mame's comment about Vera Charles' phony English accent) "When your from Pittsburgh, you have to do something". Rosalind Russell brought such magic to the character of Auntie Mame so much so, that I wish I had an Aunt like her. Auntie Mame helps stress the point to appreciate diversity in life and to live life to the fullest. I have often chosen to watch my copy of this film when feeling low and I can tell you it is a spirit lifter.


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