Rosalind Russell received her last Oscar nomination for playing Mame Dennis in Auntie Mame.
I would go as far as saying you really have to have a taste for this kind of witty screwball comedy (if their is such a thing) to fully appreciate Auntie Mame. Having been established on the stage, it's painfully obvious here on the screen - every actor lives for a one-liner, at every turn, everyone is wisecracking and sorry to all the fans out there, I don't like it. The story follows a woman and her nephew from the 20s up through the depression, as she tries to show him the more zany side of life.
She is constantly overplaying the eccentricity of the character, and again, for the film it somehow fits perfectly, but that doesn't mean it's impressive. Also, the hilarity of the character is just strange - Russell follows this really perfectly, giving a strange, stagy performance that relies on the viewer to make up their mind on how they will react to her shenanigans and shallow performance. A bright moment here and there can barely save her.