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The Mating Season

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Original title
The Mating Season
Running time
101 min.
United States United States
Charles Brackett, Richard L. Breen
Joseph J. Lilley
Charles Lang (B&W)
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Paramount Pictures
Comedy | Romantic Comedy
Synopsis / Plot
White-collar working stiff but upwardly mobile Val McNulty meets, quickly falls in love and marries socialite Maggie Carleton, who has no money of her own. Thus, they live in a modest apartment on Val's wages. At the same time, Val's widowed mother, Ellen, without funds of her own when the bank forecloses on her family business, a hamburger stand, decides to move from New Jersey to Ohio to live with Val. Her plans change when she finds out about Val's upcoming nuptials as she doesn't want to upset Val's life with his new wife. She also doesn't want to meet Maggie until she feels she has enough money at least to make herself "presentable" to someone of Maggie's social class. Once Ellen feels that is the case, she goes over to Val and Maggie's where a case of mistaken identity ensues when Maggie assumes Ellen is the cook hired for a dinner party happening that evening. Wanting to help her new daughter-in-law, Ellen doesn't correct Maggie. Although Val eventually finds out who the cook is, Ellen convinces him - blackmails really - that she can be of better assistance to Maggie as Ellen the live-in full-time household cook, than Mrs. McNulty her new mother-in-law.
1951: Nominated for Oscar: Best Supporting Actress (Thelma Ritter)
1951: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Thelma Ritter)
1951: Berlin International Film Festival: Best Comedy (Bronze Berlin Bear)
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