I have often heard that Rosalind Russell's version of Mame was the standard and classic. I've seen it and it was very good for its day, but I'm probably one of the minority that think Lucille Ball's Mame was great. Okay, admittedly, I'm a big Lucy fan and she may well have been a little long in the tooth for the role, and her singing voice does leave something to be desired, but makeup and the camera were kind (perhaps too much so), and I do think, ALL things considered, she did a hell of job with this. I loved the musical numbers, the glamorous fashions and the salty language, and the supporting cast were all terrific: Bea Arthur as Vera, Robert Preston as Beau, and Jane Connell as Agnes Gooch. There may be a lot of things about this film that could have been done much better, but as good as Russell was, Ball brings something to her Mame that Russell didn't. It may not be her best movie, but I for one came away from it still loving Lucy.