Auntie Mame

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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 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Rosalind Russell
as Mame Dennis
Forrest Tucker
as Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside
Fred Clark
as Mr. Babcock
Coral Browne
as Vera Charles
Patric Knowles
as Lindsay Woolsey
Peggy Cass
as Agnes Gooch
Roger Smith
as Patrick (as an adult)
Jan Handzlik
as Patrick (as a boy)
Pippa Scott
as Pegeen Ryan
Joanna Barnes
as Gloria Upson
Willard Waterman
as Claude Upson
Connie Gilchrist
as Norah Muldoon
Robin Hughes
as Brian O'Bannion
Lee Patrick
as Mrs. Upson
Carol Veazie
as Mrs. Burnside
Brook Byron
as Sally Cato
Henry Brandon
as Acacius Page
Morton DaCosta
as Edwin Dennis
Paul Davis
as Stage Manager
Margaret Dumont
as Noblewoman
Gregory Gaye
as Vladimir Klinkoff
Rand Harper
as Pianist
Charles Heard
as Dr. Feuchtwanger
Terry Kelman
as Michael Dennis
Owen McGiveney
as Man wearing Monocle
Doye O'Dell
as Cousin Jeff
Barbara Pepper
as Mrs. Krantz
Dub Taylor
as Veterinarian
Ruth Warren
as Mrs. Jennings
Richard Reeves
as Mr. Krantz
Cris Alexander
as Mr. Loomis
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  • Jun 19, 2017
    Goofy, but Rosalind Russell's performance is comedic gold.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2015
    "Auntie Mame" is the funniest movie to come out of the 1950's. It's far funnier (and frankly, far better) than the Lucile Ball musical remake, "Mame", but it's nowhere near as charming. Despite its anachronistic set elements and its offensive stereotyping, "Auntie Mame" is a brilliant film and an absolute classic.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2010
    NEVER have I seen such a stylish set. Massive props on that. Rosalind Russell is a goddess. And anyone who says otherwise should be done away with. Yes, it was a bit long and dragged at times, but the comedy was so witty and on the ball that who cares?! I loved this. It's such a perfect film and perfect comedy!
    Jennifer D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2009
    Just hilarious, with an endlessly quotable script. All the cast are outstanding, from Peggy Cass as Agnes Gooch ("Will it mix with Dr.Pepper?"), Coral Browne as Vera Charles ("My God that moon's bright!") and Joanna Barnes as Gloria ("It was ghastly! Simply ghastly!"). But best of all of course is Rosalind Russell, "Yes! Live! Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!". Greatly exceeded my expectations, I wish I had an Auntie Mame.....
    Emily B Super Reviewer

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