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Double Feature idea
- Will Fox
Enjoy this treat, a truth-in-jest, light-hearted satire, serving as a perfect, comedic compliment, flipping the coin to tails with "The Mating Game" in a TCM Double Feature. The head side of the coin could be the popular masterpiece, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." In both films average Americans cause comeuppance of cynical, elitist, "Too Big To Fail," government bosses.
Taxpayers' comic fantasy
- Will Fox
Golden Globe nominated and Emmy Award winning Tony Randall ("Pillow Talk," TV's "The Odd Couple") embodies money-grubbing IRS tax agent(s), Lorenzo Oily Charlton interrogating and victimizing a poor family, farming for seven generations. Yale University graduate Paul Douglas plays "sly-like-a-Fox" farmer Pop Larking and perennial film-star Una Merkel is Ma of eldest daughter Mariette, French-sounding horny, hormone-raging Debbie Reynolds. Spunkiness is evidenced in introductory scenes of the farmer's daughter wrestling in the hay with two lusty louts, loudly whooping it up, when the IRS agent butts in. Bestiality is repeatedly represented, when a goat goes for IRS agents. But, this is not "Debbie Does Dallas," rated "X." For full-frontal confession and context this adult fable is a fantasy for taxpayers, ever since 1959. This is a fantasy because an IRS listens to taxpayers, empathizes, and converts to citizen crusader against money-grubbing government bureaucrats. He succeeds in converting the senior-most Inspector General, confessing the federal government owes the American farmer's family $14 million. Heroic westerns, "How the West Was Won (1962)," "Destry Rides Again (1939)" director George Marshall unmasks the bullying bad guys in this rambunctious romp, satirizing the IRS travesty. TCM please play Jimmy Stewart's satires of faux-experts, "Destry Rides Again" and "Harvey," during taxpayers' trauma seasons. Thanks, Will Fox
The tax game
- Jarrod McDonald
The film reminds me of the 'Ma and Pa Kettle' series. I could easily have seen Marjorie Main & Percy Kilbride handling the acting chores done by Una Merkel & Paul Douglas in this story. The delinquent tax plot is a bit far-fetched but produces amusing results. Tony Randall and Debbie Reynolds are fun together and have excellent chemistry. I wish Debbie would've sang at least one number. Another film this one reminds me of 'Li'l Abner.' In fact, the next time I watch 'The Mating Game,' I will probably follow it with a viewing of either 'Abner' or a Kettle film. Highly recommended...for its sheer fun and its great physical comedy (especially that barn brawl scene).
The Mating Game
Such a great movie, this was my first time watching this movie! I was cleaning my room and I stopped to take a quick glance and next thing I knew the movie was over! It was sooo captivating!!! An amazing movie!
I really enjoyed this comedy. Tony Randall and Debbie Reynolds are both very good as are the rest of the cast. This film is an Americanised version of the Darling Buds of May. It was ahead of its time in 1959 because it is the lady who makes her intentions very clear and the man who has to catch up with her. Tony Randall's character is very funny when drunk and the misunderstandings the next day add to the comedy. It is a film that is well worth watching if you want to be cheered up. However, it is a shame that it can only be bought on DVD in America and not in Europe where I live.
The Mating Game (1959)
The cast makes this fluff enjoyable, particularly Tony Randall. Good production. Entertaining, but there isn't anything significant about the film. Good supporting cast.
Same story on TV
This movie based on a book is great fun. The TV runs a series called darling buds of may, based in england it is the same story as the movie but with lots more stories. If you loved the movie you will enjoy this series. Check your local listings if not on then contact your station and see if they will run it.
OMG, I loved this movie. Idk if it was because of where i was in my life or it was just a hilarious movie. The whole cast does great. The plot of the story is just great. I would suggest this movie to anyone unless ur a stiff that doesn't enjoy a good laugh.
- CAROLYN SLUSHER
MY TWIN SISTER AND I WATCHED THIS MOVIE-IT WAS THE FUNNIEST MOVIE EVER-WE HARDLY EVER WAS ABLE TO SEE A MOVIE-I VERY MUSH WOULD LIKE A COPY OF IT-IT WOULD MESN SO MUCH TO US- WE ARE NOW 66YEARS OLD AND I REALLY NEED A GOOD LAUGH AS THERE IS SO MUCH TROUBLE IN THE WORLD TODAY.DEBBIE IS SUCH A GREAT ACTOR. THANK YOU-CAROLYN
The Mating Game
- Bernadette Forward
I'm a Tony Randall fan so I love this movie. As it turns out, the brit series "Darling Buds of May" starring a young Catherine Zeta-Jones must be an actual take on this movie because it has the same characters, plot, etc. I didn't initially make the connection until just recently. Well....imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.
The Mating Game
- John Kizzire
3-26-06 I had the opportunity to see The Mating Game around 1960 or 61 at a local movie theatre in Alabama. I was around 10 or eleven years old and, although I was quite young, the movie seemed to have a certain enchantment, it was very entertaining and non-offensive, and afterwards I came out of the theatre with a crush on Debbie Reynolds. Thirty-or-so years after first seeing the movie I had the privilege of meeting and speaking with Debbie Reynolds at a venue where she was performing. I told her how The Mating Game had given me a crush on her and she replied with a smile and laughter, "Thats just because you saw me rolling around in the hay with Tony Randall." As a result of the brief personal encounter with Ms. Reynolds, which of course is unforgettable, The Mating Game became even more of a precious childhood memory. If you haven't seen The Mating Game you owe it to yourself to give it a viewing, its delightful and a fun movie-going experience.John K.