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Mame (1974)

PG | | Musical | 27 March 1974 (USA)
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It's the late 1920s. Upon the death of wealthy Chicagoan Edward Dennis, his nine-year old son Patrick Dennis becomes the ward of their only living relative, Edward's equally wealthy New ... See full summary »

Director:

Gene Saks

Writers:

Jerome Lawrence (Broadway musical), Robert E. Lee (Broadway musical) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucille Ball ... Mame Dennis
Bea Arthur ... Vera Charles (as Beatrice Arthur)
Robert Preston ... Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside
Bruce Davison ... Older Patrick
Kirby Furlong Kirby Furlong ... Young Patrick
Jane Connell Jane Connell ... Agnes Gooch
George Chiang George Chiang ... Ito
Joyce Van Patten ... Sally Cato
Doria Cook-Nelson Doria Cook-Nelson ... Gloria Upson (as Doria Cook)
Don Porter ... Mr. Upson
Audrey Christie ... Mrs. Upson
John McGiver ... Mr. Babcock
Bobbi Jordan Bobbi Jordan ... Pegeen
Patrick Labyorteaux ... Peter
Lucille Benson ... Mother Burnside
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Storyline

It's the late 1920s. Upon the death of wealthy Chicagoan Edward Dennis, his nine-year old son Patrick Dennis becomes the ward of their only living relative, Edward's equally wealthy New York residing sister, Mame Dennis. Edward's will states that Patrick is to be raised Protestant in a "traditional" manner and that the trustee, Mr. Babcock with the Knickerbocker Bank, will pay Mame for expenses incurred in raising Patrick, he having the right of refusal to pay if he deems that the spirit of Edward's will is not honored. Mr. Babcock and Patrick's longtime nanny, the timid Agnes Gooch, are to ensure that Patrick is raised correctly. Edward included these stipulations in his will as he knows his sister is a flamboyant, free wheeling and eccentric woman who can be considered anything but traditional or conventional. Despite the disruption each provides in the other's life, Mame and Patrick form a loving, supportive relationship. Mame wants to provide her sense of guidance to Patrick, ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

She'll coax the blues right out of your heart!

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | French | Russian

Release Date:

27 March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ante todo, mujer See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Another bit of the "Open A New Window" sequence filmed but cut depicted Mame and Patrick on a tandem bicycle in costumes that were not used anywhere else in the film, but are often seen in publicity shots, including here on IMDb. Similarly, Mame and Patrick were to be seen playing her glass piano, and this is another widely circulated publicity shot, despite being cut. See more »

Goofs

When Mame and Beauregard do their elegant soft-shoe routine in the middle of the title number, she holds her riding crop in her left hand. When the other dancers join in, the angle changes and goes to a close-up, and as it pulls back, the riding crop is now in her right hand, though her arms were linked by the dancers from one shot to the next, and she never realistically had a chance to move it. See more »

Quotes

Vera Charles: However, in 'Fallen Angel' all of my clothes were done by Chanel! She said to me, 'Cheri' - she always called me Cheri - 'Cheri' she said, clothes not only make the woman, clothes make the world!' Oh she's brilliant! Sell her own mother, but brilliant. The costumes for my new show are so dazzling, that we expect complaints from the orchestra.
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Connections

Referenced in Here's Lucy: Lucy Carter Meets Lucille Ball (1974) See more »

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We Need A Little Christmas
Written by Jerry Herman (uncredited)
Performed by Lucille Ball, Jane Connell, Kirby Furlong and Sab Shimono
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A Grand Old-style Movie Musical
2 November 1999 | by michael-248See all my reviews

It has been a puzzlement to me ever since seeing Mame in it's premiere run way back in 1974, that so many people have so many different views of this movie. It is either absolutely loved or positively hated by the people who see it. I believe Lucille Ball is, and always will be Mame. She plays the character exactly the way she should be played, hard, tender, funny, bitchy, loving, sophisticated and free-spirited.

This film has a bright cheery look and feel with big splashy production numbers which lovingly look back at the grand old Hollywood Musicals of the past. The production values are stunning, with beautiful sets and costumes that are truer to the period than the ones in Auntie Mame. The supporting cast is great, with Bea Arthur as Vera Charles and Jane Connell as Gooch. And concerning the complaints about the filming of Lucy through gauze, just go back to the MGM Musicals of the 40's and 50's and you'll see almost every major female star, young and old, filmed through heavy gauze.

I've come to the conclusion that this movie has been labeled a bomb for so long that some people already have their minds made up not to like it before the opening credits have ended. And the ones who see it for the first time without any idea of it's troubled history, end up loving it!


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