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re: Angela Lansbury on the Oscars is basically playing Mame - and fabulously
Posted by: Jax 02:55 pm EDT 03/23/20
In reply to: Angela Lansbury on the Oscars is basically playing Mame - and fabulously - PlayWiz 01:11 pm EDT 03/23/20

The coat she wears in the first half of the number defines ghastly, suggesting a nuclear explosion at a rabbit farm. As for Beau disappearing from the show, ever hear the expression "Plot device?" One beef I've always had with MAME, probably the worst big budget musical ever made, was how miscast Bea Arthur seems. The camera turns her into a Valkyrie, towering over all others. And in "Bosom Buddies," her costume (skunk) and Lucy's (rabbit) are so ugly you almost wonder if they were intentional. And then they top Arthur off with a hat that adds six inches to her height! She looks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa singing cabaret.

Polly Rowles was perfect in AUNTIE MAME. By comparison Arthur is gross, overbearing, miscast.
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