Mame

Film, Drama

Time Out says

Starving fans of musicals won't live long on Mame, another paean to American matriarchy, or rather auntiarchy, and the swansong of the Queen of the B movie and TV sitcom. Lucille Ball, cast 20 years younger than she is, simply hasn't the drive and steel of a Rosalind Russell, an Angela Lansbury or a Ginger Rogers, all of whom played the part before her. And Mame is the Life Force. She can declare Christmas a month early and get snow with it. When he's not ogling his star in perpetual soft focus and a $300,000 fashion parade, Saks fails to get enough retakes, match his shots, or inject the essential vim. There's a preposterously smug put-down of the bourgeoisie, and some dull songs.

Details

Release details

Duration:
131 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Gene Saks
Screenwriter:
Paul Zindel
Cast:
Lucille Ball
Beatrice Arthur
Robert Preston
Bruce Davison
Kirby Furlong
Jane Connell
George Chiang
Joyce Van Patten

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