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The Mating Season

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Plot & Details

A pair of top 20th Century Fox contractees were loaned to Paramount as stars of The Mating Season. Gene Tierney plays globe-trotting socialite Maggie Carleton, while Thelma Ritter is cast as Ellen McNulty, the hash-slinging mother of Maggie's husband, Val (John Lund). Perceiving that her son is embarrassed by his lower-class origins, Ellen poses as a maid when she attends Maggie and Val's wedding reception. Even after Val expresses displeasure at this deception, Ellen refuses to reveal her true identity, leading to a series of funny and poignant consequences. Miriam Hopkins co-stars as Ellen's blue-blooded mother, whose third-act arrival heralds the film's inevitable "moment of truth." Rest assured, The Mating Season is never dull.


Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1951 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Thelma Ritter Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1951 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Thelma Ritter Nominated

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1951 Berlin International Film Festival Bronze Bear - Comedy Won

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