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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

Writers:

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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Edward Everett Tanner III (18 May 1921 - 6 November 1976), known by the nom de plume Patrick Dennis, was an American author. His novel Auntie Mame: An irreverent escapade (1955) was one of the bestselling American books of the 20th century. In chronological vignettes, the narrator - also named Patrick - recalls his adventures growing up under the wing of his madcap aunt, Mame Dennis. On December 30, 1948, after growing up with his eccentric aunt, Dennis married Louise Stickney, with whom he had two children. He led a double life as a conventional husband and father, and as a bisexual, in later life becoming a well-known participant in Greenwich Village's gay scene. Although his book, the movie Auntie Mame and Mame the musical all try very hard to paint Patrick as a heterosexual; it is easy to see, to anyone who is reading this book or watching these movies, that Patrick is gay. He goes to a school where nakedness is optional and he finds this enchanting; even enriching. He idolizes his rich, foul-mouthed and tart tongued aunt who is super liberal, very strong, a swinger, has huge parties and swings from the chandeliers every night. His loves his aunt's libertine spirit and open-minded attitudes about everything; he loves his aunt's eccentric friends and the night life of New York. His favorite person in the world seems to be his aunt; not his bride. When Patrick almost marries into the uptight world of the Upsons, with all their Family Values and rich white conservatism and conformity, it's painted as a tragedy. He spends most of the story singing songs, playing games and going to swank restaurants and parties with his rich Aunt; and these are portrayed as the happiest moments of his life. He doesn't date much; or talk about girls much; there is only one lady that he is serious with in the story and he ends up rejecting her and running home back in to the arms of his aunt. If Tanner, AKA Patrick weren't gay; he fits the stereotype almost to a "t". It's not surprising that this character became a gay icon and a role model for the gay community. Tanner was speaking to his community with this story, even if he didn't intend to. See more »

Goofs

When Patrick and Ms. Muldoon arrive on the afternoon of Mame's "Affair" to tell Mame that Ms. Muldoon is not the glass washer lady, Mame says, "Then I must have invited you" and takes a cocktail from Ito's tray. You hear the ice tinkling in the glass but clearly there is no ice in either of the glasses. See more »

Quotes

Patrick Dennis: Is the English lady sick, Auntie Mame?
Mame Dennis: She's not English, darling... she's from Pittsburgh.
Patrick Dennis: She sounded English.
Mame Dennis: Well, when you're from Pittsburgh, you have to do something.
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Soundtracks

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
(1850) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Storrs Willis (1850) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Edmund Hamilton Sears (1849) (uncredited)
Played and sung after Mame leaves Macy's
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Welcome to life's banquet!
16 October 2004 | by mdm-11See all my reviews

Rosalind Russel in the role of a lifetime. Auntie Mame leads her beloved nephew on a roller-coaster ride from riches to rags back to riches, always teaching the boy to "live life to the fullest". The story begins just prior to the great stock market crash of 1929 and spins into present day (1958).

There are delightful moments with colorful characters, most noteworthy "Miss Gooch", an unwed mother and thus an outcast of respectable society. There are several touching scenes when the family is suffering in the great depression, but just as many funny ones, i. e. where Auntie Mame puts some biggoted snobs in their place.

I enjoyed this film slightly more than the later Lucille Ball musical version. Although Rosalind Russel is quite flamboyant, Lucille Ball is completely "over the top" and thus less credible. I recommend the 1958 original over the remake, although both are wonderful entertainment.


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