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Mame (1974)




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Cast as the title character in this second movie adaptation of a Patrick Dennis book and Jerry Herman musical (the first, Auntie Mame was in 1958), Lucille Ball plays an independently wealthy woman who marries a man (Robert Preston) and has to deal with his family. Bea Arthur, who won a Tony for her role in the stage version, reprises the part.

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Lucille Ball
as Mame Dennis
Robert Preston
as Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside
Bea Arthur
as Vera Charles
Kirby Furlong
as Patrick (as a boy)
Bruce Davison
as Patrick (as an adult)
Jane Connell
as Agnes Gooch
Doria Cook
as Gloria
Alice Nunn
as Fat Lady
Don Porter
as Mr. Upson
Ned Wertimer
as Fred Kates
Audrey Christie
as Mrs. Upson
John McGiver
as Mr. Babcock
John Wheeler
as Judge Bregoff
Leonard Stone
as Stage Manager
Burt Mustin
as Uncle Jeff
Roger Price
as Teacher
Ruth McDevitt
as Cousin Fan
Lucille Benson
as Mother Burnside
James Brodhead
as Floorwalker
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Critic Reviews for Mame

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Overstuffed, but the music's still great.

June 19, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
Top Critic

Suffice it to say about Mame that it is one of the most inept and repugnant items ever to crawl out of the Hollywoodwork.

July 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Mame is an over-sized helping of oldfashioned, clean, wholesome fun, if that's your idea of a good time. I suppose it's mine, sort of.

December 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The fine music elevates this above miscast Lucy's negatives.

April 8, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

best left on the shelf.

June 19, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mame

Utterly ghastly in every way.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


The film has its problems: Lucy sings like she's smoking during the songs, and she's way too old to keep up with the spirit of her character. Bea Arthur looks like a man in drag -- but didn't she always anyhow? Despite its problems, it's one of my favorites. It's energetic -- and the costumes: "scrumptious"! (Watch the film to get that reference.) If you're looking for a feel-good time, I recommend Mame.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Mame never achieves the heights it should, but it's not nearly as terrible as some other reviews would have you believe. It does stumble while telling its story primarily because of the time jumps the audience has to figure out through small (and not so small) visual queues. There's also the matter of key points of the story being left out, such as Patrick and Mame reconciling in the third act. Lucille Ball feels like she's channeling Gloria Swanson from Sunset Boulevard, she fails to make the character her own; instead, Mame is a pastiche of this and that with no true "self." I'm not as much a stickler for singing voices as some, though it is painfully obvious when certain actors are being dubbed. The production, for all its lavishness, falls flat without a lick of energy in it. Plots are introduced and casually dismissed. The Depression, for instance, which wipes out Mame's fortune, is mentioned almost in passing. Does she cry or despair over it? Nope. She keeps on singing. What makes this woman tick? Where does she get her limitless reservoir of energy and good nature from? What makes her tick? We don't know and I doubt anyone connected to the film knows, either, sadly.

Jason Vargo
Jason Vargo

Super Reviewer

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