Film: Mame

Opened: March 27, 1974

Directed by: Gene Saks

Starring: Lucille Ball, Bea Arthur, Robert Preston, Bruce Davison, Kirby Furlong, Jane Connell, Joyce Van Patten, George Chiang, Lucille Benson, Doria Cook-Nelson, Don Porter & Audrey Christie

When screen legend Lucille Ball was torn apart by critics for playing the title role in Mame, she vowed never to make another film. If that doesn’t help you understand the dud this film is, then the rest of this review won’t.

Mame’s vibrant life is interrupted when her nephew Patrick (Kirby Furlong) becomes orphaned and moves in with her. She has a strong relationship with him until he’s older (Bruce Davison).

Ball’s comedic timing is extremely off with the majority of her jokes falling flat. Her voice also can’t reach the notes that the music requires.

Despite the mess of the pacing and acting, the one saving grace is Bea Arthur reprising her Tony-winning role as Mame’s best friend Vera Charles. Her half of “Bosom Buddies” is a standout.

Final say: We need a lot less of this. ★☆☆☆☆

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