- 1 hr 38 min
Rosie! is a comedy satire picture that is based upon the play by Ruth Gordon and Philippe Heriat. Samuel A. Taylor wrote the screenplay that was directed by David Lowell Rich. The movie features Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Sandra Dee and James Farentino. Rosie! (played by Rosalind Russell) tells the story of a wealthy woman who ravages the countryside while riding around in a Ferrari. She also stands in the middle of the street on her head. She is a grandmother who believes it is just fine to be yourself, even though you're over 30. She gets into a partnership with a cab driver, wears purple wigs and purchases an abandoned theater for a mere few million dollars. Her daughters (played by Audrey Meadows and Vanessa Brown) are worried that she will squander her fortune before they have a chance to get it for themselves. They concoct a scheme to kidnap her in order to send her off to an old folk's home. The plan is to have her declared legally incompetent so they can steal her millions. Sympathetic attorney (played by Brian Aherne) works along with her granddaughter (played by Sandra Dee) to get her free. When a psychiatrist begins to ask personal questions, Rosie is locked into a horrid room. A kind nurse is obsessed with tea, insisting that she drink it so she can become herself again. People are conspiring to keep Rosie down so that they can more easily abscond with her money. It is clear that she's not crazy, but could easily become so if she is to stay in this institution. They are trying to convince her that she is there for her own good. Though it is a comedy, there is an unexpected undercurrent of delusion and compulsion that is fueled by greed. The idea seems to be that if you do not act like normal folk, it is easy to be locked up, deprived of your money and have your actual sanity taken from you -- just for being yourself.