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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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the fun story line, and Rosalind Russel is perfect as Aunt MamePublished 4 hours ago by Deborah H Leboire
Live live live. Life is a banquet and some poor suckers are starving to death.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I read the book, loved Rosalind Russell'd Auntie Mame. Great supporting performers.Published 14 days ago by Renae Johnson
This is storytelling at its best. The fox hunt always gets me. But the last party is the best part.Published 20 days ago by Laurel
I have loved this movie for years and am so excited to find it again. Rosalind Russell is fabulous as Auntie Mame and the other characters are well cast. JUST LOVE IT!Published 22 days ago by C. S. Jackson
It is an old movie, but it is in the realm of "its a wonderful life"Published 25 days ago by sollie
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