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We have two movies to tell you about today.
The first premiered at Radio City Music Hall in 1958:


 



Auntie Mame took America by storm in the 1950’s.
 



First came the book Auntie Mame (An Irreverent Escapade) by Patrick Dennis, which leaped to the top of the bestseller list in early 1955 and stayed there for two years, spawning an equally best-selling sequel Around the World With Auntie Mame.
 




In 1956, a comedic play based on the first book and starring Rosalind Russell dazzled Broadway, running for over 600 performances.
 




Russell famously recreated her performance on screen in 1958.  The film premiered at Radio City Music Hall and wound up becoming the highest-grossing movie of the year, earning a bunch of Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress.





More than 60 years later, it is still a very funny movie.  Here are some great clips from the film version of Auntie Mame:



And here are today's doll-related
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The second movie in today's lineup made its
Radio City Music Hall debut in 1974:






Because you can’t keep a good story down. 

In 1966, a musical stage version of Auntie Mame, simply called Mame, premiered in New York and turned Angela Lansbury into the biggest star on Broadway.
 




The show ran for nearly 5 years and Warner Brothers paid an astronomical $3 million for the rights to turn it into a movie.  The brothers might have done well to stop there and not spend a further $9 million to make the movie. 

With hindsight, almost everyone agrees that the big mistake WB made was casting Lucille Ball as Auntie Mame. 

Although everyone really and truly does Love Lucy, she was just too old (62) for the role and she looked it.  In the close-ups, to make her look younger, the cinematographer did soft focus work that was so extreme it caused the audience to collectively rub its eyes and squint, vainly trying to bring the screen image into focus.
 




The picture premiered at Radio City in 1974 as part of the Easter Program, ran for 10 weeks, and did gangbuster business - $2.7 million.  But everywhere else, it bombed.  Upon seeing the movie, Lucy herself asked:  "Why didn't someone talk me out of doing it?"

But you decide.  Here are some of the musical numbers from the film:

It's Today


We Need a Little Christmas
 


 Mame


Bosom Buddies (with Bea Arthur)

 

Someone who posts on Youtube did an amazing amount of work doing a mash-up of footage of three stars doing the "Mame" number - Angela Lansbury from the original Broadway production, Lucy in the screen version, and Ginger Rogers in the London stage production of the show.   It can be a tad confusing at first, keeping track of the three Mames, but the energy builds and builds and ends up being pretty amazing.  Here’s the result:

 Mame Mash-Up



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