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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.

Director:

Morton DaCosta

Writers:

Betty Comden (screenplay), Adolph Green (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 5 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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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

The stage play "Auntie Mame" opened at the Broadhurst Theater in New York on October 31, 1956 and ran for 639 performances. Rosalind Russell, Yuki Shimoda, Jan Handzlik, and Peggy Cass were in the original cast, and reprise their roles in the film. In her autobiography "Life Is A Banquet", Rosalind Russell opined that it was a nice idea to allow Handzlik to reprise the role of young Patrick, but that he had really grown too old for the part by the time filming began. See more »

Goofs

When Ito passes Agnes on the staircase, as she is returning from her night out with Mr. O'Banion, he asks her "What happened Missy Gooch?" and she replies "I lived". Between the question and answer, Agnes' mink stole starts off over her left shoulder, and suddenly it is draped over her right one. See more »

Quotes

Vera Charles: [brightly, eyeing the bar] Spirits!
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Soundtracks

Silent Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Background music at Christmas
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Mame is Alive
12 June 2004 | by newportironmanSee all my reviews

St. Iranaeous said it: "The glory of God is man fully alive."

Auntie Mame in her own way lives this life. This may not appear to be a deep movie. But, Mame lives a life that as Agnes Gooch says "I see what she's been living. And I see what I've been missing." She doesn't miss a moment. She's a caricature for so many of the things that go wrong with "growing up" and becoming "mature and responsible". At the end of the day Mame shows the possibilities of a life led to the full. Of a life that is truly vital and alive. This is a movie everyone who wants to leave this world without leaving money on the table should watch and take to heart. Mame is childlike, fun, and living without fear of what others think. This is on my top 10 list.


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Release Date:

27 December 1958 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$2,240,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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