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The Mating Game (1959)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | October 1959 (Austria)
An uptight IRS agent is ordered to investigate a rural family in debt to the government...but the family - including lovely daughter Mariette - help him loosen up.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

William Roberts (screenplay), H.E. Bates (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Debbie Reynolds ... Mariette Larkin
Tony Randall ... Lorenzo Charlton
Paul Douglas ... Pop Larkin
Fred Clark ... Oliver Kelsey
Una Merkel ... Ma Larkin
Philip Ober ... Wendell Burnshaw
Philip Coolidge ... Rev. Osgood
Charles Lane ... Inspector General Bigelow
Trevor Bardette ... Chief Guthrie
William Smith ... Barney (as Bill Smith)
Addison Powell ... David DeGroot
Rickey Murray Rickey Murray ... Lee Larkin
Donald Losby Donald Losby ... Grant Larkin
Cheryl Bailey Cheryl Bailey ... Victoria Larkin
Caryl Bailey Caryl Bailey ... Susan Larkin
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Storyline

Tax collector Lorenzo Charlton comes to the Larkins' farm to ask why Pop Larkins hasn't paid his back taxes. Charlton has to stay for a day to try to estimate the income from the farm, but it isn't easy to calculate when the farmer has such a lovely daughter, Mariette... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A racy, riotous new comedy hit! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1959 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Engel unter Sündern See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$876,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the year this film was released, 1959, the top marginal personal income tax rate was 91%. See more »

Goofs

A large percentage of the spoken audio in the outdoor scenes has a distinct echo, indicating it was recorded in a studio booth and dubbed in later. See more »

Quotes

Sidney 'Pop' Larkin: Howdy-doodle-doo, Luisa. My, you're looking bright-eyed and bushy tailed.
[turns her around and looks at her bottom]
Sidney 'Pop' Larkin: Hey, you knocked off some blubber didn't you.
Luisa: Five pounds!
Sidney 'Pop' Larkin: Well, that looks good.
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Soundtracks

The Mating Game
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Performed by Debbie Reynolds (uncredited)
[Title song performed during the opening titles and credits]
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Sexy, smart,, and wildly hysterical!
5 September 2005 | by Bud_BrewsterSee all my reviews

I saw this movie in 1959 when I was 11 years old at a drive-in theater with my family.

Way back then, I thought it was very funny . . . even though I was too young to understand 90% of what makes this marvelous movie such a delight! I saw it again this morning on "Turner South". As I watched it, I was absolutely convulsed with laughter! "The Mating Game" is a unique classic from a by-gone age. If you're too young to have experienced the enchanting period in history that produced this film, I feel very sorry for you. There's no way you can watch movies like this and understand how they can (even today) deliver such a delightful slice of heaven to "old timers" like me.

Having said that, all I can do is respectfully request that younger people refrain from commenting on films like "The Mating Game".

Movies like this were made for the generation that preceded the current group of your people. And as such, these films speak a very different language than any of you can understand.

In other words – if you don't understand the issues the film is addressing, please don't embarrass yourself by offering comments which – frankly – make no sense.


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