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      The Mating Season

      Released Jan 12, 1951 1 hr. 41 min. Comedy List
      Reviews 60% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score After working-class mother Ellen McNulty (Thelma Ritter) runs into financial troubles, she takes a trip to see her son, Val (John Lund), who is now married to the sophisticated Maggie Carleton (Gene Tierney). Never having met her mother-in-law, Maggie mistakes her Ellen for the newly hired help. Ellen, believing that her son is ashamed of his modest background, pretends that she is indeed a housekeeper. The misunderstandings multiply as she tries to keep her real identity hidden from Maggie. Read More Read Less

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      steve d Cute enough because of the cast. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member TIERNEY, RITTER. HOPKINS: AT THE TOP OF THIER GAME Truly a beautiful movie! An underrated comedy of manners. Not a weak link in the cast Tierney wonderful,Hopkins over the top, Ritter amazing. The direction top notch. I cannot say enough about this film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member The best comedy movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine A pleasant comedy featuring the immensely likeable Thelma Ritter as a hamburger-stand operator who gets mistaken for a servant when she arrives to attend her son's wedding to a lady of distinction. Oct 24, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis After working-class mother Ellen McNulty (Thelma Ritter) runs into financial troubles, she takes a trip to see her son, Val (John Lund), who is now married to the sophisticated Maggie Carleton (Gene Tierney). Never having met her mother-in-law, Maggie mistakes her Ellen for the newly hired help. Ellen, believing that her son is ashamed of his modest background, pretends that she is indeed a housekeeper. The misunderstandings multiply as she tries to keep her real identity hidden from Maggie.
      Director
      Mitch Leisen
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 12, 1951, Original