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Travels with My Aunt (MGM 1972, Maggie Smith, Alec McCowen)



Banker Alec McCowen gets drawn into the wild life of his aunt (Maggie Smith) when she informs him at his mother’s cremation that the ashes are not his mother. From London to Paris to an excursion on the Orient Express to Turkey and back to Paris, McCowen and Smith go on a wild goose chase attempting to ransom Smith’s errant lover, Robert Stephens. A whirlwind of a performance from Smith in a late-period, less energetic Cukor outing. From Graham Greene’s best-selling novel.

Katharine Hepburn was originally slated to play zany Aunt Augusta for her old friend, director George Cukor, but Hepburn had disagreements with MGM, and the role went to Maggie Smith, who was nominated for an Oscar.

Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Actress: Maggie Smith; Best Cinematography.

production details
USA | MGM | 109 minutes | 1972

Director: George Cukor
Producer: James Cresson, Robert Fryer
Cinematography: Douglas Slocombe
Editor: John Bloom
Music: Tony Hatch
Script: Jay Presson Allen, Hugh Wheeler
Art Direction: Bob Laing

David Swift as John Sparrow
Maggie Smith as Augusta Bertram
Robert Flemyng as Crowder
Alec McCowen as Henry Pulling
Robert Stephens as Ercole Visconti
Louis Gossett, Jr. as Wordsworth
Cindy Williams as Tooley
Raymond Gérôme as Mario
Corinne Marchand as Louise
Daniel Emilfork as Colonel Hakim
Valerie White as Mme Dambreuse
Bernard Holley as Bobby
John Hamill as Crowder’s Man