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The Mating Game (1959)

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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Filmed on location in the haystack! 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

Gross USA:

$5,668,000, 31 December 1959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,556,500, 31 December 1959
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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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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Trivia

This was Paul Douglas' last film. He died in 1959 of a heart attack, the same year it was made. He was born in 1907, making him 52 when he made this film. He had been offered a starring role in Billy Wilder's 1960 comedy, The Apartment, but the role was given to Fred MacMurray after Paul Douglas passed away. 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: I'll bet you made the doctor show his license before he slapped your bottom!
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Features High School Confidential! (1958) See more »

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I've Got You Under My Skin
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Tony Randall (uncredited)
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AKA Darling Buds of May
24 July 2006 | by dyaghoobianSee all my reviews

This is an American version of British novels that were later made into a Brit-com called Darling Buds of May (starring David Jason and Catherine Zeta-Jones). The TV series was set in late 1950s Kent. In the original there was no lack of cash. It was the free-floating cash that got up the nose of the Inland Revenue (like the IRS). Pop Larkin (names were mostly unchanged) was always buying and selling, paid cash for everything. It would be possible today - ebay, auction sellers, yard buyers and sellers alike are "under the radar". They weren't living cashless, just creditless. Drinking was actually played down in the American version. The most unbelievable part of the British series was the non-stop imbibing, with contests to come up with the most potent drinks, yet no one got drunk - except Charley, the revenuer.


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