Lucille Ball (Actor), Beatrice Arthur (Actor), Gene Saks (Director)
Broadway Musicals DVD
BM01 Broadway Musicals DVD - Lucille Ball (Actor), Beatrice Arthur (Actor), Gene Saks (Director) - Mame - Broadway Musicals DVD - 2 discs. Lucille Ball plays Auntie mame, loving life and living it to the hilt with her nephew and assorted eccentrics in tow. Robert Preston, Beatrice Arthur and Jerry Herman's smashing Broadway score add pizazz. Year: 1974 Director: Gene Saks Starring: Lucille Ball. Robert Preston, Bea Arthur. The supporting cast are outstanding. Bea Arthur is THE best Vera Charles, hands down. Seeing her and Lucy in Bosom Buddies is classic--whether or not they got along off camera is totally irrelavent. Robert Preston was born to play Beau, and Jane Connell reprises her role of Agnes Gooch, which she had played on Broadway. I love, love, love, love, love this movie. I was 9 years old when Mame was released in April 1974. I was all ready a huge Lucy fan from the reruns of I Love Lucy on local channel 11 KTTV here in Los Angeles. So, when I went with my family to see Mame at The Cinerama Dome, I was in heaven.....in awe. To see Lucy up on the big screen singing and dancing, it transported me to another place. I remember it clearly, all these many, many, many years later as if it just happened earlier today. Looking back at the film now, I can be a little more objective. It didn't even occur to me at the age of 9 that Lucille Ball couldn't sing. or, perhaps, was miscast. Should Angela Lansbury have done the film?? Probably. Would it have been a better film? Probably. Madeline Kahn would have been fantastic as Gooch, had she not been fired. Lucille Ball's costumes are stunning, she never looked better. The title number is well worth the price of admission. It's a complete showstopper. Bea Arthur is brilliant as Vera Charles. Robert Preston is fantastic as Beau and with his extra song, Loving You, makes him the perfect leading man for Lucille Ball. The often-told story of Mame Dennis never fails to entertain -- even this misbegotten take on the Jerry Herman tuner. I do not think Lucy is so hideous -- she certainly retains her charm and humor throughout, but those vocals .... However, the delicious Bea Arthur more than compensates, and she steals virtually every scene with her Vera Charles, who is the model for drag queens everywhere. Her spot-on line readings, particularly in the well-produced Man on the Moon sequence, is fresh and funny even today. The sumptuous production values, Vaseline-covered lens for Lucy not withstanding, deserve mention, as does Robert Preston, who is always effervescent. Worth watching.
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