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Auntie Mame

Released 1958
Distributor Warner Bros.

Patrick Dennis’ witty 1955‚ best-seller about a boy and his‚ larger-than- life‚ socialite aunt became a Broadway smash when adapted by Jerome Roberts and Robert E. Lee with Rosalind Russell in the lead. Its director, Morton da Costa, made the leap to Hollywood when the play was filmed in 1958 and‚ became the highest-grosser of 1959. A musical version with Angela Lansbury opened on Broadway in 1966, which was filmed in 1974 with Lucille Ball in the lead.

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal House, The Blues BrothersAn American Werewolf In LondonTrading Places, Schlock, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night, The Stupids, Innocent Blood, Coming To America, Burke & Hare, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Black Or White among many other films, commercials and extensive work in television. He was the Executive Producer and often director of HBO's celebrated series Dream On, and contributed two movies to the Masters of Horror series, Deer Woman and Family. His feature length documentaries Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO, and Slasher on IFC.