Auntie Mame (1958): Rosalind Russell as everybody’s favorite naughty aunt. Little orphaned Patrick Dennis comes to live with his drinky, amorous, wealthy Auntie Mame. LGBT subjects are alluded to coyly — it was 1958, after all — but the core of the story is about conservatives objecting to Auntie Mame’s “lifestyle.” It’s visually splendid, packed with great character performances, but you may want to strangle little Patrick by the second act. “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!” Be warned: The 1974 musical version Mame, starring Lucille Ball, is a sad disaster.
The legendary Rosalind Russell (“Gypsy,” “His Girl Friday”) recreates on screen her Broadway triumph as an eccentric grande dame who teaches her 10-year old nephew to appreciate life.
Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker
2 hours, 24 minutes
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