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Encyclopedia > The Mating Season (film)
The Mating Season
Directed by Mitchell Leisen
Produced by Charles Brackett
Written by Charles Brackett
Richard Breen
Walter Reisch
Caesar Dunn (play)
Starring Gene Tierney
John Lund
Miriam Hopkins
Thelma Ritter
Music by Joseph J. Lilley
Cinematography Charles Lang
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) 1951
Running time 101 min
Country USA
Language English
IMDb profile

The Mating Season is a 1951 classic screwball comedy film made by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Mitchell Leisen and produced by Charles Brackett from a screenplay by Charles Brackett, Richard Breen and Walter Reisch, based on the play Maggie by Caesar Dunn. The cinematography was by Charles Lang and the music score by Joseph J. Lilley. This film is an updated version of his earlier screwball comedies of the 1930's. Mitchell Leisen (born October 6, 1898–died October 28, 1972) was an American director, art director, and costume designer. ... Charles Brackett (November 26, 1892-March 9, 1969) was an accomplished movie screenwriter and movie producer. ... Richard L. Breen (b. ... Gene Tierney (November 19, 1920 – November 6, 1991) was an American film and stage actress. ... (For the car racer John Lund, see John Lund (racer)) John Lund (February 6, 1913 - May 10, 1992) was an American film actor of Norwegian ancestry who is probably best remembered for his role in the Billy Wilder-directed film A Foreign Affair (1948). ... Ellen Miriam Hopkins (October 18, 1902 – October 9, 1972) was an Oscar-nominated American actress. ... Ṝ Thelma Ritter (February 14, 1902 – February 5, 1969) was a six time Academy Award-nominated American character actress of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. ... Charles Lang (March 22, 1902 – April 3, 1998) was a noted film cinematographer. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... See also: 1950 in film 1951 1952 in film 1950s in film 1940s in film years in film film Events Sweden - May Britt is scouted by Italian film-makers Carlo Ponti and Mario Soldati Top grossing films North America David and Bathsheba Show Boat tie The Great Caruso and An... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... See also: 1950 in film 1951 1952 in film 1950s in film 1940s in film years in film film Events Sweden - May Britt is scouted by Italian film-makers Carlo Ponti and Mario Soldati Top grossing films North America David and Bathsheba Show Boat tie The Great Caruso and An... The screwball comedy has proven to be one of the most elusive of the film genres. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Mitchell Leisen (born October 6, 1898–died October 28, 1972) was an American director, art director, and costume designer. ... Charles Brackett (November 26, 1892-March 9, 1969) was an accomplished movie screenwriter and movie producer. ... Sample from a screenplay, showing dialogue and action descriptions. ... Richard L. Breen (b. ... Charles Lang (March 22, 1902 – April 3, 1998) was a noted film cinematographer. ...


The film stars Gene Tierney, John Lund. The film's supporting cast including Miriam Hopkins, and Thelma Ritter. The film's cast includes Larry Keating, Cora Witherspoon, Jan Sterling and James Lotimer. Gene Tierney (November 19, 1920 – November 6, 1991) was an American film and stage actress. ... (For the car racer John Lund, see John Lund (racer)) John Lund (February 6, 1913 - May 10, 1992) was an American film actor of Norwegian ancestry who is probably best remembered for his role in the Billy Wilder-directed film A Foreign Affair (1948). ... Ellen Miriam Hopkins (October 18, 1902 – October 9, 1972) was an Oscar-nominated American actress. ... Ṝ Thelma Ritter (February 14, 1902 – February 5, 1969) was a six time Academy Award-nominated American character actress of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. ... Lawrence Keating (June 13, 1896 - August 23, 1963) was an American actor born in St. ... Cora Witherspoon (5 January 1890 – 17 November 1957) was an American film actress of the 1930s through the early 1950s. ... One of Hollywoods most talented and versatile stars, often cool and stunning blonde in Hollywood film noir movies of the 1940s and 50s, the actrees Jan Sterling ensured audiences of a real good time with her sexy roles in soaps, crime action and comedies. ...


Thelma Ritter was nominated for a Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance. Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


Summary

Ellen McNulty (Thelma Ritter) is forced to sell her hamburger stand, so she decides to visit her son Val, who lives in another city. Val McNulty (John Lund) has recently married a socialite, Maggie (Gene Tierney). Val is struggling to climb the corporate ladder.In order to impress the boss, Maggie has agreed to throw a party. To help her out, her husband hires a maid and promises to send her over right away. In the meantime, Ellen arrives. Maggie, her daughter-in-law, mistakes her for the maid. Ellen begins to tell Maggie who she really is, but she is worried that saying anything might cause Maggie embarrassment, so she doesn't reveal who she is and decides to pretend to be a maid. The next morning Ellen arrives with her things. She wakes Maggie up and when she realizes that her son didn't explain everything yet, she keeps pretending to be a maid. She tells Maggie that she promised to be their maid but she wanted to get Maggie's permission first. Val wakes up to a shock when he comes to breakfast and sees his mother working as their maid. She tells him that she will only be underfoot if she lives in the house as a mother-in-law. She eventually talks him into the idea but he doesn't like it very much.Maggie's mother (Miriam Hopkins) decides to come for a visit and she is nothing like Maggie. She is a snob and she doesn't like Val one bit. While helping Mr. Kalinger, Ellen realizes that Kalinger Jr. is taking credit for work actually done by Val. She tells Mr. Kalinger the truth. Mr. Kalinger then invites Val and Maggie to the party. At the party, Maggie gets into an argument with an important female guest (Cora Witherspoon) after the woman insults her, and Maggie storms out. Val, realizing that this woman carries a lot of influence, forces Maggie to call the party to apologize to the woman. She does so unwillingly, leading to another fight. The next morning, Val and Maggie make up and steal away in a closet for a kiss. Ellen's friends are at the door and ask to speak to "Mrs. McNulty". At this point it is revealed that Ellen is Val's mother. Maggie is furious with Val for hiding his mother's identity from her. She and her mother leave for a hotel. Maggie later confronts Val at his office. Val tries to explain himself but Maggie won't listen. She tells him that he has become a snob and that she is moving to Mexico.Mr. Kalinger decides to get Val and Maggie together. Mr. Kalinger convinces Maggie to come to the hotel bar with him for a good bye drink, knowing that Val will be there for a party. When Maggie sees Val, she again scolds him for trying to hide his mother and leaves the bar. Val leaves the party and rushes to retrieve his mother. He brings her back to the party and begins introducing her to the 'snobs'. Maggie, who has come back to the bar, witnesses Val introducing his mother to the woman who had insulted her at the earlier party. Ellen tells Maggie's mother that it is time for both of them to leave the apartment. Ṝ Thelma Ritter (February 14, 1902 – February 5, 1969) was a six time Academy Award-nominated American character actress of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. ... (For the car racer John Lund, see John Lund (racer)) John Lund (February 6, 1913 - May 10, 1992) was an American film actor of Norwegian ancestry who is probably best remembered for his role in the Billy Wilder-directed film A Foreign Affair (1948). ... Gene Tierney (November 19, 1920 – November 6, 1991) was an American film and stage actress. ...


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