An American Comedy Classic
In 1955,James Tanner, who, under the pseudonym Patrick Dennis, wrote the runaway best seller AUNTIE MAME, a series of short stories highlighting the relationship of Patrick and his wealthy and madcap Auntie Mame.
In 1956 it was then re-created as a Broadway comedy starring the magnificient Rosalind Russell, and became the hottest ticket in town.
Tanner often proclaimed Russell to be the living embodiment of his semi-fictional aunt.
Fortunately for us, the 1958 film stars Russell, giving the greatest performance of her career, after having honed it to perfection for two years on Broadway. The film was nominated for BEST PICTURE with nominations for Russell (BEST ACTRESS) and Peggy Cass, also from the Broadway production (BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS).
AUNTIE MAME is a laugh filled step back in time, loaded with sparkling patter, glamorous clothes and an impeccable cast. Now on DVD this American comedy classic is an absolute "must have" for movie buffs.
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Rosalind Russell say's it all....
This movie is full of wise cracks, inside jokes amongst friends, love for family and it teaches a lesson about loving and living life to the fullest! This is a family comedy that is very fast paced and the cast is perfect as each compliments the other in many ways. Warner Bros. really struck gold when they made this picture. No one in that time of 1958 could have done what Rosalind Russell was able to do! If you enjoy a great laugh and enjoy watching a wholesome movie every now and then "Auntie Mame" is the perfect choice! All 143 minutes is worth every second of your time!!
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What's your favorite movie? Auntie Mame is mine.
There are special movies which linger in the memory, and having seen this at age 6 in 1958, "Auntie Mame" has remained not the "best film" of all time, but my "favorite movie" because of its heartfelt generosity of humor, its touching portrayal of love among eccentrics, and the inimitable dynamo that is Rosalind Russell at her (or anyone else's) peak of performance. Seeing it in widescreen is a must to appreciate the impact of the design and relationships of the characters onscreen. I also had the privilege of seeing the film again on the big screen at a revival movie theater in Dallas in the 80's, and I must say I cannot remember experiencing an audience having such a good time at a film before or since ("It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" comes closest). Lose yourself in this witty, sophisticated, madcap world of Mame Dennis and forget your troubles for 143 minutes. It's a one of a kind and light years beyond any other movie comedy in recent memory. Adapted for the screen by (late lamented) Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and if you know their work, here they were at the top of their form.
Great movie, very funny. I think it was a bit edgy for its time: kids mixing cocktails during prohibition, unwed mothers, racist relatives, and more oddball characters. But Mame has a good heart even if she is a bit naive. It's not easy to go from party girl to mother in one day.
The sets were before their times, the costumes so fabulous I wish I could wear some of them now. The cast was hysterical and quite talented even with some of the stereotype characters- I think it is part of the times of the film. And it is interesting to me that many of those stereotypes are mocked within the story itself. You have to watch this movie more than once to pick up on some of the "digs." Mame is a memorable character full of life and always thinking on her feet. She has an undying love for her nephew and her friends. I think everyone has an auntie mame, or at least they should.
A GREAT MOVIE!!
A VERY FUNNY AND ENTERTAINING MOVIE. ROSALIND RUSSELL AT HER BEST!! IF YOU LIKE THE MOVIE, YOU WOULD LOVE THE BOOK. IT IS SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT THAN THE FILM BUT JUST AS ENJOYABLE. THERE IS ALSO A SECOND BOOK CALLED
"AROUND THE WORLD WITH AUNTIE MAME".