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Mame

Rating:PG
Genre:Musical
Release Date:March 27, 1974
Running time:132 minutes
Cast:Lucille Ball, Beatrice Arthur, Robert Preston, Bruce Davison, Kirby Furlong
Director:Gene Saks
Producer:James Cresson, Robert Fryer
Writer:Patrick Dennis
Distributor:Warner Bros. Pictures

Description: Lucille Ball stars in this film version of the hit Jerry Herman Broadway musical, which featured an electrifying performance by Angela Lansbury. As Patrick Dennis' plucky and resilient Auntie Mame, Ball's low-pitched, growling moan of a voice (a spine-chilling reminder of the sound of Linda Blair's demon-possession in The Exorcist) and her gaudy and lumbering fashion-horse gait turns Mame into an elderly cross-dresser. In this guise, Mame rehashes the plot from Dennis's novel and the previous non-musical Rosalind Russell film. During the Depression era 1930s, she enrolls her nephew into a liberal private school, tries a turn in show business (with the help of her friend Vera [Beatrice Arthur]), and marries a well-to-do Southern planter (Robert Preston). After her husband's death, Mame concerns herself with her now grown-up nephew, his girlfriend, and the girlfriend's intolerant parents.~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide

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