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Auntie Mame (1958)

Unrated | | 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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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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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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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

The movie's line "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!" was voted as the #93 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100). See more »

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Gloria Upson: Bunny Bixler and I were in the semi-finals - the very semi-finals, mind you - of the ping-pong tournament at the club and this ghastly thing happened. We were both playing way over our heads and the score was 29-28. And we had this really terrific volley and I stepped back to get this really terrific shot. And I stepped on the ping-pong ball! I just squashed it to bits. And then Bunny and I ran to the closet of the game room to get another ping-pong ball and the closet was locked! Imagine? We ...
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Till We Meet Again
(1918) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
In the score for the ship sailing sequence
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Unforgettable Performance By Rosalind Russell
2 November 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

With a perfect match between character and actress, Rosalind Russell's unforgettable performance as "Auntie Mame" is almost enough to carry the whole movie by itself. The story is also interesting, if quite contrived, and most of the supporting cast helps out when needed. The variety of settings and situations also helps to make the movie an effective portrait of a life.

The story works best when taken as an appreciative but light-hearted portrayal of a memorable character. Many of Mame's adventures are stylized, and they work best when not taken too seriously. Given that, there are plenty of amusing sequences, and just enough thoughtful moments to maintain some balance.

Russell herself is in her element. With a character whom it is almost impossible to overplay, she gives the role plenty of energy and charm. She also works very well with the other characters, giving believable (given the character) and usually interesting reactions to what they say and do.

In the supporting cast, Forrest Tucker and Peggy Cass make good use of their scenes, and Fred Clark works well as Mame's frequent adversary. Coral Browne gets some good moments as Mame's old friend. The filming was approached in a rather stagy fashion, yet much of the time this seems appropriate. All told, the movie has a number of strengths, yet the memory most likely to remain is Russell's portrait of Mame herself.


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