Mame (1974)

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Movie Info

Cast as the title character in this second movie adaptation of a Patrick Dennis book and Jerry Herman musical, Lucille Ball plays an independently wealthy woman who marries a man (Robert Preston) and has to deal with his family.

Rating: PG
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Dennis Patrick, Paul Zindel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 19, 2007
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures

Cast


as Mame Dennis

as Beauregard Jackson P...

as Vera Charles

as Patrick (as a boy)

as Patrick (as an adult...

as Agnes Gooch

as Gloria

as Mr. Upson

as Fat Lady

as Mrs. Upson

as Fred Kates

as Mr. Babcock

as Judge Bregoff

as Stage Manager

as Uncle Jeff

as Teacher

as Cousin Fan

as Mother Burnside

as Floorwalker
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Critic Reviews for Mame

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | June 5, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The fine music elevates this above miscast Lucy's negatives.

April 8, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

best left on the shelf.

Full Review… | June 19, 2007
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for Mame

Utterly ghastly in every way.

jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

The film has its problems: Lucy sings like she's smoking during the songs, and she's way too old to keep up with the spirit of her character. Bea Arthur looks like a man in drag -- but didn't she always anyhow? Despite its problems, it's one of my favorites. It's energetic -- and the costumes: "scrumptious"! (Watch the film to get that reference.) If you're looking for a feel-good time, I recommend Mame.

cchclaw
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Mame never achieves the heights it should, but it's not nearly as terrible as some other reviews would have you believe. It does stumble while telling its story primarily because of the time jumps the audience has to figure out through small (and not so small) visual queues. There's also the matter of key points of the story being left out, such as Patrick and Mame reconciling in the third act. Lucille Ball feels like she's channeling Gloria Swanson from Sunset Boulevard, she fails to make the character her own; instead, Mame is a pastiche of this and that with no true "self." I'm not as much a stickler for singing voices as some, though it is painfully obvious when certain actors are being dubbed. The production, for all its lavishness, falls flat without a lick of energy in it. Plots are introduced and casually dismissed. The Depression, for instance, which wipes out Mame's fortune, is mentioned almost in passing. Does she cry or despair over it? Nope. She keeps on singing. What makes this woman tick? Where does she get her limitless reservoir of energy and good nature from? What makes her tick? We don't know and I doubt anyone connected to the film knows, either, sadly.

Jason Vargo
Jason Vargo

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