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Auntie Mame (1958)

Rosalind Russell , Forrest Tucker  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (540 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne, Fred Clark, Patrick Knowles
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (540 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FDCA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,896 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Auntie Mame" on IMDb

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  • Music-only audio track highlighting Bronislaw Kaper's lush score
  • Theatrical trailers for Auntie Mame and Mame (1974)

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Rosalind Russell recreates her hallmark stage role as the accentric grande dame of highlife, briging up a 10-year-old nephew. A banquet of laughter, nominated for 6 Academy Awards(R).

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152 of 157 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ".....Boxed, like Proust!" February 13, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
There are certain roles that are inextricably linked to their portrayors. Bela Lugosi as Dracula, Yul Brynner as The King of Siam, Ethel Merman as Madame Rose, and, of course, Rosalind Russell as Auntie Mame. Rosalind Russell was, in my opinion, a class act. The lady had style, warmth, modesty, and a great acting talent, particularly in comedy, especially the fast-talking kind. Sure, she had some career misfires, such as her unconvincing Jewish mama in "A Majority of One", and her "slumming society dame" Madame Rose in "Gypsy", but Roz reigned supreme in comedies such as "The Women", "His Girl Friday", and, of course, "Auntie Mame" which, having created it on Broadway, it became HER signature role. Her performance is recorded for generations to come in this delighful film. Also on hand from the original Broadway cast are Peggy Cass as the frumpy, would-be butterfly Miss Gooch, and Jan Handzlik as 9-year-old Patrick Dennis, who comes to live with his madcap aunt. Add to this the fabulous, acid-tongued Coral Browne (she would become, years later, Mrs. Vincent Price!), handsome and appealing Patric Knowles and Forrest Tucker (who is extremely charming in this, possibly his best role), showbiz vets Fred Clark, Lee Patrick and Willard Waterman as Mame's snobbish betes noirs, and the largely unsung Joanna Barnes as grown-up Patrick's unbearable, shallow fiance. Her performance, replete with annoying, Gloria Vanderbilt-like accent, is one of those great performances where you laugh at her and despise her at the same time. The costumes, by Orry-Kelly, are superb - classy/crazy creations that are beautiful as well as mad. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life's A Banquet--and Auntie Mame Invites You To It March 12, 2003
The Patrick Dennis novel was a runaway bestseller--and it was soon followed by a stage version starring Rosalind Russell, who was born to play the madcap Mame in this story of an eccentric, fast-living society woman of the 1920s who "inherits" her nephew when her brother died. Determined to "open doors" for her adoring nephew, Mame exposes to him everything from bootleg gin to oddball characters--all the while doing battle with her nephew's ultra-conservative trustee, who is equally determined that the boy's life remain free of "certain influences."
This is a knockout show, and Rosalind Russell delivers a knockout performance in it--easily her finest comedy performance since 1939's THE WOMEN. She is extremely well supported by the sadly under-acknowledged Coral Brown in the role of Vera Charles, an actress who passes out in Mame's apartment with considerable regularity, and Forrest Tucker as the Southern gentleman who becomes her knight in shining honor; the supporting cast, which includes Fred Clark, Peggy Cass (particularly memorable as Agnes Gooch, Jan Handzlik, Roger Smith, and Joanna Barnes is equally flawless.
The infamous "production code" was still somewhat in force when AUNTIE MAME was filmed, and consequently several of the play's most famous lines had to be re-written--but this scarcely gets in the way of Russell and company, and director DaCosta offers a brilliant compromise between the art of cinema and the "set piece" nature of the stage show. The production values are rich, the score is memorable, and everything about the show is a tremendous amount of fun; by the time it ends, you'll wish that Auntie Mame was yours.
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best that isn't on those Top 100 lists November 8, 2002
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This is the one and only version of Auntie Mame that anyone should ever see. Rosalind Russell is brilliant as the eccentrically loving Mame who takes in nephew Patrick and includes him in her madcap life. Having been charmed by the original release of the film back in the '50s, I had the great pleasure of introducing my (now-adult daughter) to Mame--thereby bringing another generation forward to share the pleasure of the production.
Dealing as it does with the highs and lows of Mame's fortunes, her loves and losses and, always, her devotion to Patrick, there is great comedy, genuine sentiment and some wonderful social comment as well. While Russell always turned in fine performances (The Women, most notably), she put subsequent wannabe efforts to shame. The Lucille Ball version (in which she looks as if she was shot through Vaseline-covered cheesecloth) is lamentably bad, going for cheap laughs. But there is nothing cheap about this, the original. From Mame's efforts to be a salesgirl at Macy's during the Christmas season, to her gentle put-down of an anti-semite, Russell is glorious as Mame--big-hearted, big-humored, and wonderfully off-center. And good performances are given across the board by co-cast members Peggy Cass, Coral Browne, Forrest Tucker, and Connie Gilchrist and Yuki Shimoda as Russell's faithful staff.
Get this and share it with special friends and family. It is truly one of the all-time great movies.
My highest recommendation.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God they're putting this back on! June 15, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
After a long period during which didn't sell this wonderful movie, they're finally putting it up again. Thank God!
This really is a great movie, filled with scenes and one-liners that will have you laughing for days after you've seen this. I swear, it's that funny! The Betty Comden-Adolph Green screenplay, based on the Lawrence and Lee stage play which was in turn based on the Patrick Dennis novel, is excellent. The costumes are amazing, and the supporting cast is hilarious, notably Peggy Cass, a riot of Mame's clueless secretery, Agnes Gooch ("Agnes, you're coming out!" "WHERE?") Coral Browne as Mame's actress friend, Vera Charles, and Joanna Barnes as Mame's nephew's airhead fiancee. ("It's REALLY top-drawer!") And then there is Roz. Rosalind Russell, recreating her stage success, gives the performance of her life as Mame Dennis, the eccentric socilite who beleives that "Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" Delivering the one-liners to perfection and looking great in those costumes, what's even better about the performance is her incredible warmth and obvious love and affection for her nephew. A breath of fresh air amid all the snobby, rich bigots she encounters in the movie and who were very prevelent then and now, Mame/Roz is one of a kind, and we all love her for it. Don't you wish you knew someone like her, or better yet were like her yourself! A great movie, thakfully on sale again for all to buy, enjoy, and be enlightened by.
It should be noted that Auntie Mame has had a healthy life. From novel to play to movie, she was turned into a musical showcase for Angela Lansbury in the 1960s, another great performance preserved on the musical's cast album.
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