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This is Rosalind Russell's masterpiece. She is brilliant as Auntie Mama. She is elegant. Her mastery of delivery results in some of the funniest movie lines ever heard by an audience. Her comedic timing is perfection. When confronted by the stodgy, windbag banker, Dwight Babcock, over the fact that Mame's young nephew has been found in a roomful of naked kids at some avant garde Greenwich Village school playing "fish family, Mame doesn't miss a beat with her line: "What could be more wholesome or natural?" The plot is hilarious although it's unfortunate that some of the most hysterical moments in the book do not appear on film. Nevertheless, this film is a celebration of life. It is so joyful that TCM has often shown it as a part of its Christmas Eve line up of movies. The cast is outstanding. Along with Rosalind Russell, Fred Clark plays the always annoying Dwight Babcock. Coral Browne is perfect as Vera Charles the pompous Broadway actress with the English accent (who was born in Pittsburgh). Joanna Barnes is wonderful as the moronic, oblivious debutante from Connecticut (the "Aryan from Darien") and Peggy Cass is hilarious as Agnes Gooch, Mame's socially inept secretary and unwed mother "project." Forrest Tucker is so good as Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside, Mame's true love and husband, that we hate to see him leave the scene. This is my favorite film and the first DVD I purchased. There is something almost magical about this movie and its absolutely joyful message. I want Auntie Mama to be real and for her story to never end. Here's to the great Rosalind Russell!
Stick Around to the End
- David H.
I would concur with a previous reviewer this film can be slow going at times, but if you stick around to the end you'll find this picture is worth it.
Auntie Mame is a wonderfully funny story of a child who lives with his eccentric aunt played by Rosalind Russell.It is the story of Patrick Dennis and his growing up years. It is a wonderful story which makes you forget your own problems and is great entertainment.Good performances by all, Love Peggie Cass as GoochRecommend the film highly
I've tried to watch it 4 or more times and have never lasted more than about 40 minutes. It ranks below All About Eve and that ain't easy. I'd better stick with shoot'em up bang bangs.
Wide Gauge - Wide Screen -
- Richard M Krueger
This film is an "essential!" There are not enough words to describe the delights it holds and the sheer entertainment it offers. But WHY IS THIS FILM NOT AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY? It was photographed in TECHNIRAMA which is a wide gauge format that's like VistaVision, but with an anamorphic squeeze. THIS FILM NEED A BLU-RAY RELEASE AND SOON!
Rosalind Russell is perfect as Auntie Mame
This is one of the most joyful movies I've ever seen. I've loved it since I was a kid. It is one of those movies in which the lead, Rosalind Russell, is just perfect. She IS Auntie Mame. There is no adequate description of the energy level she brings to the part. And some of the lines she delivers are the funniest on film. When told her nephew's fiance lives in a restricted part of Darien: "I'll get a blood test." When Mr. Babcock (Fred Clark) is shouting that he found Mame's nephew in an experimental school where everyone was naked and "playing fish family": "What could be more wholesome or natural?" Upon meeting the frightening woman who will eventually become her mother-in-law: "You are everything I expected...and quite a bit more." When rushing to dress in matronly style to impress Mr. Babcock and her friend, Vera Charles, tells her that she keeps her hair natural: "If I kept my hair natural like you, I'd be bald." And the best: "Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death." Coral Browne as Vera Charles, Fred Clark as Dwight Babcock, Forrest Tucker as Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside are all wonderful and Peggy Cass ("I'm your sponge") as Agnes Gooch is hilarious.: "I need to talk to Mrs. Burnside. I lived. Now I need to find out what to do next." This is the first film on dvd I ever bought. When I need to escape and enjoy the company of brilliant actors who are able to truly define their characters, this is the film I watch. Oh--Joanna Barnes as Gloria Upson, the stuck-up, over tanned, entitled bigoted Darien heiress is hysterical. Her story about the ping pong tournament is forever funny and her air-headed comments always make me laugh: "Books are so decorative don't you think?" and her insipid "I can't tell you how pleased I am to make your acquaintance." This wonderful film is Rosalind Russell's masterpiece.
- Bruce C
A great movie starring a truly great lady. Rosalind Russell is the woman you want to marry and the mother you should have. Every film she did was far more than just well acted, she delivered the goods. She never failed to deliver. A true lady giving a performance worthy of a true lady.
Yes Jack The Hat, You Are The Only One
The movie is pure classic cult genius. I love it to death, highly entertaining.
- Don Letta
Unfortunately, Russell's best performance was overshadowed by Susan Hayward's (I Want To Live). Hayward won best actress which she deserved...but so did Russell...A year earlier, or a year later Russell would have been a shoe-in for the award.
what a great movie for set and costume design. seen this movie a million times many quick gestures and phrases that are easy missed. a must see!
- Jack The Hat
Looks like I am the only one who sees this film as bomb. Miss Russell seems so phony, it's embarrassing. Well I got my two cents in and disagree with everyone else as far as this is a waste of good film.
- Bruce Reber
"Auntie Mame" is one of my all-time favorite comedies. Rosalind Russell gives a tour-de-force performance as the eccentric Mame Dennis, teaching her nephew all about the joys of life. She was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, and it's a shame she didn't win. The rest of the cast is fantastic; i.e. Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne, Peggy Cass, Joanna Barnes, Lee Patrick, Fred Clark and Roger Smith. Mame liked to keep her interior decorators busy-every time you see her apartment it has a new motif! Her famous line says it all-"Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving!"
A hilarious, touching and dazzling film. Russell won the Golden Globe for Best Actress as an eccentric aunt who teaches her nephew to live; Cass was nominated for an Oscar and Barnes was nominated for a special Golden Globe. The colourful scenery and costumes are visual cavalcades that fit well into the story with the always-present life message. A film where viewers sit back, relax and prepare themselves for an entertaining comedy. I give it a 4.5/5.
This movie is so good! Full of laughs! A must see for anyone!
This movie is so good. Full of laughs!
I became Auntie Mame!
Since the first time I saw this movie I tried to become Auntie Mame. It worked wonderfully well with my four children and with my classroom students. Now I am old, retired, and still believe that "Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!"
auntie mame staring Rosalind Russell
- John Sherwood
This is a great movie and will last through the ages, Her part as aunte Mame ,I will always enjoyed and reminded me of one of my favorite aunts who use to dress in black was very sheek and traveled all over the world with great stories and allways brought something back from her travels , the movie brings happy tears to my eyes every time I see it and will till the day I die , the ending is as good as the begining and will make you laugh through the whole movie the antics and gags are great, anyone who wants to see a good movie this one is for you .
the aunt we all wish we had
one of the most captivating films in techicolor truly breath taking set design, productionand warobe where truly ahead of there time
Oh Agnes, Where is Your Spine?
What's not to love in this gloriously campy film? The film is a rich banquet of sublime costumes, decadent attitudes, eccentric characters, and iconic performances. I first saw the film one New Year's Eve many years ago in Champaign, Il, so it has become a tradition among my friends and me to watch it every Dec. 31st. An absolute must for anyone with a quirky camp sensibility --you'll be repeating the lines in no time!
Life is a banquet...
This is one of the great and archetypal sophisticated comedies of the late 1950's. Rosalind Russell is a delight as the ebullient and eccentric Mame Dennis. No matter what the circumstance (from the loss of her own fortune to losing her beloved and wealthy husband later on), Mame keeps going, full speed ahead and she will never say die. "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death," she said famously. The script is clever and witty, the music sparkles, the supporting roles are well cast, but it's Rosalind Russell's film all the way - and she is superb!
I love this movie, I saw it first when I was 14 and it only gets better with age. (I am now 36) This is a movie for the entire family, it is a clasic story of hope and everything that goes with it. I will never forget that "Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death. Live Live Live".
GOOD O'l AUNTIE MAME
this movie is a must see movie i saw it as a kid and i still love it!!!!!
A MUST SEE MOVIE!!!!
This is my wifes and I favorite movie. Rosalind Russell does a superb performance!!!!!!!!!!!
A Comical Movie
- Bob Galvin-Oliphant
Rosalind Russell as the free-spirited Auntie Mame steals the show in this fun comedy. A must-see for any Russell fan.