One of Joe’s favorite films is 1951’s The Mating Season. But even though Gene Tierney and John Lund receive top billing, Thelma Ritter steals the movie. (Ritter was Oscar-nominated six times including a best supporting actress bid for this picture.)
There’s Thelma on the left (above) and an imperious Miriam Hopkins on the right. (We’ll have more to say about this fine actress in tomorrow’s blog.)
The Mating Season is a screwball farce complete with confused characters and mistaken identity. It was produced for Paramount by Charles Brackett and co-scripted by him as well. And any movie starring Gene Tierney is pretty much aces with us.
By the time the picture was made, Lund’s career was on the downswing. He left Paramount for Universal for a while but wound up in ho-hum roles in ho-hum westerns.
But in The Mating Season, Lund and the rest of a fine cast are fun to behold. The plot touches many bases — class consciousness, snobbery and various plot twists — and does so with admirable dispatch.
By all means, if you haven’t already (or even if you have) see The Mating Season. Why should Joe have all the fun?