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For the 1974 musical film starring Lucille Ball, see Mame (film).
Auntie Mame

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Directed by Morton DaCosta
Produced by Morton DaCosta
Written by Betty Comden
Adolph Green
based on the play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee and the novel by Patrick Dennis
Starring Rosalind Russell
Forrest Tucker
Coral Browne
Roger Smith
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Cinematography Harry Stradling
Editing by William H. Ziegler
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) December 27, 1958
Running time 143 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget Unknown

Auntie Mame is a 1958 film based on the novel by Patrick Dennis and its theatrical adaptation by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. This film version stars Rosalind Russell and was directed by Morton DaCosta. Mame, a musical version of the story, appeared on Broadway and was later made into a 1974 film starring Lucille Ball as the title character.



Mame (Russell) is the flamboyant, madcap aunt of a young boy, Patrick, who is orphaned when his father dies. Placed in Mame's care, Patrick is quickly introduced to his aunt's free-spirited and eccentric lifestyle. As Mame watches her young nephew grow into a man she attempts to rescue him from the stuffy, conventional lifestyle toward which he is heading. Her frequently repeated motto is "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!"

Awards and honors

The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Rosalind Russell), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Peggy Cass), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White or Color (Malcolm Bert, George James Hopkins), Best Cinematography, Color, Best Film Editing and Best Picture.[1] It was also nominated for three Golden Globes of which it won two.

American Film Institute recognition


Rosalind Russell as Mame Dennis

Production Crew

  • Production Design - Malcolm C. Bert
  • Art Direction - Malcolm C. Bert
  • Set Decoration - George James Hopkins
  • Costume Design - Orry-Kelly
  • Makeup Supervisor - Gordon Bau
  • Makeup - Gene Hibbs
  • Hair stylist - Myrl Stoltz
  • Makeup - Robert J. Schiffer
  • Assistant Director - Joseph Don Page
  • Art - interior - Robert Hanley
  • Storyboard - Harold Michelson
  • Sound Department - M.A. Merrick
  • Stunts - Roydon Clark, Bob Herron, Dick Hudkins, Boyd 'Red' Morgan, Audrey Scott, Dean Smith
  • Stage producers - Lawrence Carr & Robert Fryer
  • Music supervisor - Ray Heindorf

Box office performance

This film was the #1 moneymaker of 1959, earning a net profit of $8,800,000.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "NY Times: Auntie Mame". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-23.  
  2. ^ Steinberg, Cobbett (1980). Film Facts. New York: Facts on File, Inc.. p. 23. ISBN 0-87196-313-2.   When a film is released late in a calendar year (October to December), its income is reported in the following year's compendium, unless the film made a particularly fast impact (p. 17)

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Auntie Mame is a 1958 film based on the novel of the same name, starring Rosalind Russell and directed by Morton DaCosta. The screenplay was adapted by Betty Comden and Adolph Green from the novel by Patrick Dennis.


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