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Monday, April 3, 2017

Old Movie Monday - The Mating Game

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As most of my friends know, I am a HUGE fan of old movies, primarily from the 30's - 60's.  I love radio shows and TV shows from that era, as well, what can I say, I'm an old soul!

I have a fairly impressive collection that I've built over the years and there are not too many movies that I haven't seen at least once, so when I came across The Mating Game on the guide recently I was shocked that I'd never seen or heard of it before.  TCM devoted an entire day to Debbie Reynolds following her death, so my DVR was set to record almost all day long!

Over the weekend I finally had a chance to watch a few of the recordings and The Mating Game was my first choice! I have to say I was not disappointed and I'm shocked that I'd never watched it before as I have always been a huge fan of Debbie Reynolds!  When I started looking for the images to include in this post I noticed that it was based on the book The Darling Buds of May by H. E. Bates. I've never read the book, either, but I'm definitely going to seek it out!

Here's a summary of the movie from Amazon;

Golden-Globe nominated and Emmy Award-winning Tony Randall ("Pillow Talk," TV's "The Odd Couple") plays Lorenzo Charlton, a stuffy taxinvestigator sent to the farm of Pop Larkin (Paul Douglas) and Ma Larkin (Una Merkel) to find out why they haven't been paying taxes. He discovers that the Larkins, instead of money, use a homegrown barter system. Overwhelmed by their complex economic network, Lorenzo drinks one home brew too many. Awakening from a hangover, he sees a vision of loveliness before him -- the Larkin's spunky daughter Mariette (Debbie Reynolds). Enraptured by Mariette, he decides to stick around and find a way to get the family out of their onerous tax burden. George Marshall ("How the West Was Won," "Destry Rides Again") directs this breezy romantic comedy.

I LOVED this movie and I will definitely be adding it to my collection soon and enjoying it again and again!  Here's a little sneak peak from the original trailer.

If you're a fan of Debbie Reynolds, or old movies in general you are sure to enjoy the Mating Game!

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