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When young, impressionable Patrick Dennis' millionaire father dies, the boy is left in the care of his only living relative--his flamboyant, extravagant, devil-may-care ... and never, never dull Auntie Mame. New York during the Jazz Age--Despite the best efforts of estate executive Dwight Babcock (Fred Clark) to rear Patrick (Jan Handzlik and Roger Smith) as a boring, stuffy aristocrat, the boy is swept into Mame Dennis' (Rosalind Russell) world of parties, flappers and the most eccentric, entertaining, intelligent set of friends anywhere. Through the stock market crash, a marriage to a rich Southerner and his death while scaling the Alps, Mame's whirlwind approach to life opens Patrick's eyes to endless possibilities.]]>
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Rosalind Russell, such a wonderful actor. Here she is at her best !No one could beat here as Mame. not even LUCY who had flop of movie about her.. This is the best ! Read morePublished 14 days ago by Barry
Love this film first time I saw it a zillion years ago. It's one of a handful of "feel good" films I watch a couple times a year. Read morePublished 15 days ago by This Time I Mean It...
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