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The Mating Season

Nominal stars of the piece [suggested by a play by Caesar Dunn] are Gene Tierney and John Lund, but it is Thelma Ritter who glitters the brightest, having been given the pivotal character and choicest lines.

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Gene Tierney John Lund Miriam Hopkins Thelma Ritter Jan Sterling Larry Keating

Nominal stars of the piece [suggested by a play by Caesar Dunn] are Gene Tierney and John Lund, but it is Thelma Ritter who glitters the brightest, having been given the pivotal character and choicest lines.

Bolstering the comedy considerably is the fact laughs are not based on situations that are too far-fetched, even though a plot springboard that finds a mother-in-law taking a maid’s job in the home of her new daughter would seem to come under that heading. Scripters make it all seem perfectly logical, and the playing and direction strengthen that effect.

Lund, a factory clerk, ties up with Tierney, world traveler and intimate of diplomatic personages, in a love-at-first-sight marriage. Ritter, Lund’s mother and a hamburger stand operator, hitchhikes to visit the new bride and groom but is taken for a domestic being sent to help out at the newlyweds’ first party. She goes along with the situation and then decides to continue it over the opposition of Lund. Things are working fine until Miriam Hopkins, mother of Tierney, moves in.

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1951: Nomination: Best Supp. Actress (Thelma Ritter)

The Mating Season

Production: Paramount. Director Mitchell Leisen; Producer Charles Brackett; Screenplay Charles Brackett, Walter Reisch, Richard Breen; Camera Charles B. Lang Jr.; Editor Frank Bracht; Music Joseph J. Lilley; Art Director Hal Pereira, Roland Anderson

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1951. Running time: 101 MIN.

With: Gene Tierney John Lund Miriam Hopkins Thelma Ritter Jan Sterling Larry Keating

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