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Auntie Mame

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Director: Morton Da Costa

Cast: Morton Da Costa, Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne

     
 

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Auntie Mame began as a novel by Patrick Dennis (aka Ed Fitzgerald), then was adapted into a long-running Broadway play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. This 1958 film version permits Rosalind Russell to recreate her stage role as Mame Dennis, the flamboyant, devil-may-care aunt of young, impressionable Patrick Dennis. Left in Mame's care when his

Overview

Auntie Mame began as a novel by Patrick Dennis (aka Ed Fitzgerald), then was adapted into a long-running Broadway play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. This 1958 film version permits Rosalind Russell to recreate her stage role as Mame Dennis, the flamboyant, devil-may-care aunt of young, impressionable Patrick Dennis. Left in Mame's care when his millionaire father drops dead, young Patrick (Jan Handzlik) is quickly indoctrinated into his aunt's philosophy that "Life is a banquet--and some poor suckers are starving to death." Social-climbing executor Dwight Babcock (Fred Clark) does his best to raise Patrick as a stuffy American aristocrat, but Mame battles Babcock to allow the boy to be as free-spirited as she is. In 1974, Auntie Mame was remade as the filmmusical Mame with Lucille Ball.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This rip-roaring comedy, based jointly on a bestselling novel by Patrick Dennis and the Broadway play adapted from it, allowed Rosalind Russell to reprise the role she had created on stage. She plays Mame Dennis, a spirited, eccentric bohemian who believes “life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death.” Forrest Tucker plays her husband, southern millionaire Beauregard Burnside. Coral Browne shines as Mame’s cynical actress friend, and Fred Clark shines as the dyspeptic banker determined to free Mame’s nephew (Jan Handzlick) from her corrupting influence. Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s script expands the play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, retaining the Broadway show’s best material and adding some comic set pieces of their own devising. Director Morton DaCosta (The Music Man) proves himself unusually adept with this kind of material; his handling is thoroughly cinematic, but it simultaneously suggests the presence of a proscenium arch. DaCosta’s deliberate theatricality is tailor-made for Russell, whose dynamic performance seems more suited to stage than screen. Later musicalized as Mame -- which, like its predecessor, enjoyed Broadway success before coming to the screen -- this buoyant comedy is studded with memorable moments and endearing characters. Unless you’re one of the “poor suckers” Mame pities, you’ll see it as something you’ll want to revisit many times. The DVD offers a music-only audio track along with trailers for both this movie and Mame.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Auntie Mame reunites star Rosalind Russell and her Broadway director Morton DaCosta in an enthusiastic film version of their long-running stage hit. While less polished than many stage-to-film adaptations, Auntie Mame has a vitality that allows the audience to share in the fun that the characters are having on the screen. The film's major flaw is its episodic nature and lack of narrative flow between sequences. Nonetheless, the good scenes are very, very good, and the story has a consistently upbeat tone. Tech credits are strong, with cinematographer Harry Stradling and set designers Malcolm C. Bert and George James Hopkins contributing splendid work. Indicating the production's overall high quality of production, it was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. A word of caution: when looking for this film at the video store, be careful not to confuse it with the inferior 1974 Lucille Ball musical remake.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
UPC:
0883929152179
Original Release:
1958
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:23:00
Sales rank:
14,844

Special Features

Closed Caption; Music-Only Audio Track Highlighting Bronislaw Kaper's Lush Score; Original Theatrical Trailer; Mame: The Musical Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rosalind Russell Mame Dennis
Forrest Tucker Beauregard Burnside
Coral Browne Vera Charles
Fred Clark Mr. Babcock
Roger Smith Patrick Dennis
Joanna Barnes Gloria Upson
Patric Knowles Lindsay Woolsey
Peggy Cass Agnes Gooch
Jan Handzlik Patrick Dennis as a child
Pippa Scott Pegeen Ryan
Lee Patrick Mrs. Doris Upson
Willard Waterman Mr. Claude Upson
Robin Hughes Brian O'Bannion
Connie Gilchrist Norah Muldoon
Yuki Shimoda Ito
Carol Veazie/Morris Carnovsky Mrs. Burnside
Henry Brandon Acacius Page
Olive Blakeney Dowager
Booth Colman Perry
Morton Da Costa Edwin Dennis
Paul Davis Stage Manager
Margaret Dumont Noblewoman
Gregory Gaye Vladimir Klinkoff
Rand Harper Pianist
Charles Heard Dr. Feuchtwanger
Terry Kelman Michael Dennis
Owen McGiveney Man wearing Monocle
Doye O'Dell Cousin Jeff
Barbara Pepper Mrs. Krantz
Dub Taylor Veterinarian
Ruth Warren Mrs. Jennings
Richard Reeves Mr. Krantz
Cris Alexander Mr. Loomis

Technical Credits
Morton Da Costa Director,Producer
Malcolm C. Bert Art Director
Betty Comden Screenwriter
Patrick Dennis Screenwriter
Adolph Green Screenwriter
Ray Heindorf Musical Direction/Supervision
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Robert E. Lee Screenwriter
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
William H. Ziegler Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Auntie Mame
1. Kaleidoscope Credits [2:08]
2. Last Will and Testament [1:26]
3. Having Affair Now [1:58]
4. Your Auntie Mame [3:58]
5. Vocabulary Lesson [5:06]
6. Maternal Mame [2:52]
7. Wakeup Calls [4:53]
8. Babock Visits [5:50]
9. Fished Out Of School [5:00]
10. Wiped Out [3:29]
11. Midsummer Madness [4:22]
12. Her Escort [2:36]
13. Chaos Calling [1:27]
14. Selling Skates at Macy's [3:29]
15. Early Christmas [5:58]
16. Santa with a Southern Accent [3:13]
17. Peckerwood [4:41]
18. How to Ride a Horse [3:37]
19. Mounting Meditation [3:37]
20. The Hunt [3:23]
21. Two Men in Her Life [2:11]
22. Two Letters [3:46]
23. Goodbye Beau [1:57]
24. Widow Burnside and [5:25]
25. Brian O'Bannion [3:16]
26. Writers at Work [5:47]
27. Patrick the Snob [4:40]
28. Agnes Comes Out [3:05]
29. Countess de Gooch [2:01]
30. Top-Drawer Gloria [4:35]
31. "I Lived" [1:25]
32. Upson Downs [3:39]
33. Plans and Restrictions [3:25]
34. Yul Ullu's Moving Furniture [6:09]
35. The Flaming Mame [2:36]
36. Upset Agnes [1:32]
37. All Her Family [3:21]
38. Ping-Pong Story [1:28]
39. "Jackpot!" [3:11]
40. Planned Exits [2:29]
41. Doors Will Open [4:05]

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great movie of love and comedy. Mame is great character that is always changing the theme to her house, which is very fun to watch! and patrick, her nephew, comes to live with her, while she has no idea how to take care of him, she learns to love him and to take care of him throughout the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful family movie! It's simply hilarious and will have you hysterical!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most charming, warm and funny movies ever! Rosalind Russell is great as ''Auntie Mame,'' always so flamboyant and big-hearted. I think the funniest scenes are when Mame meets her nephew, Patrick's, fiancee's parents. A great movie to enjoy with the family, your friends or whenever you feel like a laugh. The only thing I tihnk would turn off some people is that it is quite long, so people who do not like to watch movies and/or fall asleep, probably shouldn't watch this. BUt then they'd miss a hilarious film!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Always loved this movie....pop it in to laugh, to cry and simply to feel better and regain a zest for life
Guest More than 1 year ago
What I find facinating about this movie is it's so well-acted and thoughtful with it's attention to detail, that you can come back to it about 1,000 times over, and still find something even funnier about it than with the first viewing. I have loved this film since I was a little girl, and my Dad would cringe at the sound of Mame's voice in the background (a very funny memory of mine)! I have seen the version that Lucile Ball did, and I am so much more a fan of this one that Lucy's version. Please take the message of this delightful movie with you wherever you go, ''That life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!'' ENJOY ALL THAT LIFE HAS TO OFFER!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply one of my favorite films and characters ever - I've seen it many times in many of its incarnations on stage & screen, but Roz Russell and this film are The Real Thing. This movie and I have sort of grown up together, from seeing it first on television (often in the middle of the night, on the late-late show - my mother & I used to set the alarm clock to wake us up to watch it!), to videocassette to Letterboxed videocassette and now to its sparkling DVD transfer. It also launched my hobby of collecting AUNTIE MAMEorabilia - books, theatre programs, etc. (thank heavens for Ebay!) which covers two walls of my living-room. Now, with the film on DVD, the original novel back in print, and with a TV remake of the musical MAME supposedly in the works. Everybody's Favorite Aunt is alive and well and here captivate to a new generation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has been my favorite since I was a teenager many years ago. I laugh everytime I see it. My favorite seen is when Mame is riding the horse during the fox hunt. I highly reccomend this movie with a bowl of popcorn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a halarious movie that everyone should see! I love these kind of 'modern/'beatnicky' ' type movies! I love everything about this movie from the way Mame decorates her apt. to her 'new age' way of thinking. After seeing this movie you'll wish you had an 'Auntie Mame'. I saw Lucielle Ball's version (titled 'Mame') and sure, I love Lucy but, 'Mame' frankly sucked in comparision to 'Auntie Mame'. If you loved this you should also see Shirley MacLaine in 'What A Way To Go!'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rosalind Russell, dose not do a good job in this movie she overly acts and her costumes are not accurate of that period. I recommend that you try Lucille Balls, version of Mame 1974, its full of fun and good laughs !
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Auntie Mame' is a classic, and definitely a must-have on my list. As I am a life-long film buff and collector of videos/DVDs, it is simply not possible for me to take 'yucky!' seriously. Unless, of course, 'yucky!' is a child who simply does not get it. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grab a bowl of popcorn, your favorite drink, a cuddly blank and let "Auntie Mame" roll! This is by far my favorite film. It's a guarantee shot in the arm for me when I'm down or not feeling well. Rosalind Russell's character is alive and motivating. Always focusing on the positive no matter what troubles arise. I laugh everytime as it were the first time viewing it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is both thoughtful and hilarious starting with Russell's over the top portrayal of Mame, and continuing blithely to the interactions and conflicts one sees when her bohemian world clashes with the more straight-laced facets of society. The dialog is brilliant as are the sets and costumes. Truly a Silver Screen classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of our family's favorites. We never tire of watching it. Mame as a switchboard operator? Hilarious! And who could watch her walking towards the horse she's about to mount for her first fox hunt without laughing out loud? Amazingly very few people I've ever talked to have seen this movie. Please don't miss it. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not seen a funnier movie-ever. And never was an actress so perfectly cast for a role. Roz Russell keeps coming at you!The scenes-I can't say which is funniest-the moving furniture when she meets the in laws-putting on the hair piece when she has a horrible hangover and has to look respectable for the bankers-trying to walk to the horse with boots two sizes too small-getting on the horse-her as a switchboard operator-I'm laughing as I'm thinking of these scenes. It's campy and physical enough that younger viewers would get a laugh out it too. Certainly a family film. I would not suggest popcorn though- I honestly think you might choke from laughing too hard!!! Gather the family and watch it. (Sorry I love Lucy but her version does not even come close to the original)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so politically incorrect in its time, and it's just as politically incorrect now. I laughed and laughed, and I laughed hardest at the scenes with the in-laws, the Yul Ullu furniture, and the pickled rattlesnake.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nobody could teach ten year olds to mix the martinis like Auntie Mame, everyone's favorite eccentric...The only real criticism I hear about this classic is that it was filmed like a stage play. Well it was done purposely and it works...Auntie Mame is bigger than life. Roz Russell puts her unique stamp on this role no matter what she is doing: ruining a play, snagging up a switchboard, winning a fox hunt, or teaching her nephew all the words he doesn't understand. Come join the party and don't "step on the ping-pong ball"!
itriedagain More than 1 year ago
I had been told how great and funny Auntie Mame was. Years later I found it and bought it having never viewed it before. Hated it! It drug on, the story was done in snippets and had content that I didn't like at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...unless you are not a fan of funny, clever and intelligent dialogue. I wouldn't write a scathing review of a Rambo movie, despite my despising that genre, because there are clearly people who like those movies, and I wouldn't want to skew the ratings unfairly. This is one of Rosalind Russell's best performances, if not the best. It was first a book, then adapted for Broadway, and this film was based on the Broadway show. A musical version was later produced for Broadway, and then a musical film based on that was done. This movie is the only way to see it now, with Rosalind Russell herself, and a great supporting cast. It's one of my comfort movies I plug in when there is nothing good on and I don't know what I'm in the mood for...I'm always in the mood for this, and can start watching at any point in the movie. If you're a fan of Ms Russell, then you've probably already seen the classics "The Women" and "His Girl Friday"...if not--watch them as soon as possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wanted to share this memory with people who didn't see it the first time around, and the film was much better than I remembered. Those plot lines that were shocking the first time were charming now; the funny parts were still funny, and the acting was delightful. The messages were the same, and yet subtly different... well worth having around to enjoy again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this move is makes me cry and laugh every time I see it.
slimikin More than 1 year ago
Everyone should have an Auntie Mame in their life, a bold, wise, vivacious woman who advises them, "Live! Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" (I'm certainly going to do my best to be an Auntie Mame for my own nieces and nephews.) But if you can't find an Auntie Mame among your friends and family, Rosalind Russell's film version is a wonderful alternative. Auntie Mame, the film, is funny, bright and vivid, and filled with crazy characters that could only have come from Patrick Dennis' life experiences. It draws you in so readily that before long you'll find yourself considering Mame's life lessons as though they were meant for you.
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