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The Mating Game (1959)





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In this romantic comedy, a buttoned down tax investigator (Tony Randall) is called to investigate the finances of a small farm owner. He receives a call about Pop Larkin (Paul Douglas) involving non payment of taxes. Larkin's conniving neighbor has placed the call in hopes Pop will be jailed and his land sold at auction. Randall falls for Pop's daughter (Debbie Reynolds) and tries to resolve the families money problems.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: William Roberts
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 27, 1993
Warner Home Video


Tony Randall
as Lorenzo Charlton
Debbie Reynolds
as Marietta Larkin
Paul Douglas
as Pop Larkin
Fred Clark
as Oliver Kelsey
Una Merkel
as Ma Larkin
Philip Ober
as Wendell Burnshaw
Philip Coolidge
as Rev. Osgood
Charles Lane
as Bigelow
Trevor Bardette
as Chief Guthrie
Rickey Murray
as Lee Larkin
Donald Losby
as Grant Larkin
Cheryl Bailey
as Victoria Larkin
Caryl Bailey
as Susan Larkin
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Critic Reviews for The Mating Game

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Very dated (social mores) romantic comedy with Tony Randall paired with Debbie Reynolds.

July 13, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Audience Reviews for The Mating Game


Debbie and Tony team well in this cute comedy.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

The IRS never bargained on the Larkin Family in this Delightful Tale about Love & Taxes, Country Style!!! Delightful


:rotten: :rotten: (out of four)

[color=silver]Uneven and at times embarassingly bad romantic comedy that doesn't work on hardly any level.[/color]
[color=#c0c0c0]Tony Randall is an IRS agent sent to rural Maryland to investigate the Larkin family and to find out why they have never ever paid a single dime in taxes. There he meets the oldest daughter, played annoyingly by Debbie Reynolds. She decides that Randall is for her so the family schemes ways to keep him at their farmhouse.[/color]
[color=#c0c0c0]As mentioned, Reynolds is very annoying here. There is not a single reason for anyone to want her and Randall to be together. Tony Randall plays his usual straight-laced uptight business type. He is always fine, but again the material here is so poorly conceived that he is wasted. Not even an all too brief appearance from the great character actor William Smith can breath much life into this hokey mess.[/color]

Steve Smith

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