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The Mating Game (1959)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | October 1959 (Austria)
An uptight IRS agent is ordered to investigate a rural family in debt to the government...but the family - including lovely daughter Mariette - help him loosen up.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

William Roberts (screenplay), H.E. Bates (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Debbie Reynolds ... Mariette Larkin
Tony Randall ... Lorenzo Charlton
Paul Douglas ... Pop Larkin
Fred Clark ... Oliver Kelsey
Una Merkel ... Ma Larkin
Philip Ober ... Wendell Burnshaw
Philip Coolidge ... Rev. Osgood
Charles Lane ... Inspector General Bigelow
Trevor Bardette ... Chief Guthrie
William Smith ... Barney (as Bill Smith)
Addison Powell ... David DeGroot
Rickey Murray Rickey Murray ... Lee Larkin
Donald Losby Donald Losby ... Grant Larkin
Cheryl Bailey Cheryl Bailey ... Victoria Larkin
Caryl Bailey Caryl Bailey ... Susan Larkin
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Storyline

Tax collector Lorenzo Charlton comes to the Larkins' farm to ask why Pop Larkins hasn't paid his back taxes. Charlton has to stay for a day to try to estimate the income from the farm, but it isn't easy to calculate when the farmer has such a lovely daughter, Mariette... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A racy, riotous new comedy hit! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1959 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Engel unter Sündern See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$876,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,668,000, 31 December 1959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,556,500, 31 December 1959
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was a hit at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $1,261,000 (over $11M in 2019) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

During the opening scene and the aerial view of the Larkin Farm, Lorenzo's car is seen in the yard. Lorenzo doesn't arrive until later. See more »

Quotes

Mariette Larkin: Maple's pregnant. Yeh, practically everything's pregnant. It's that time of year, you know? You can feel it in the air, can't you?
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Connections

Features High School Confidential! (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

The Mating Game
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Performed by Debbie Reynolds (uncredited)
[Title song performed during the opening titles and credits]
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An entertaining comedy
24 February 2006 | by thecob-1See all my reviews

Excellent farce! Which, of course, is all it is intended to be. Thankfully there is neither a social or political message, nor is there the slightest attempt in that direction. Could the plot actually take, or have taken place in any particular time or location? Unlikely, for, after all, this is simply, merely, a movie, and movies spring from imagination, not from reality. The only goal of this movie is to entertain, certainly not to educate, and entertain it does, with reality delightfully and lightheartedly tossed to the winds. I think most would agree that from documentaries we expect enlightenment and authenticity. But for entertainment I want what is nowadays described as a "no-brainer," which The Mating Game is in all respects. For a few chuckles and an outright laugh now and then, this is fine fare fantasy.


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