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The Forgotten Man (1941)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  23 May 1941 (USA)
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The trials and tribulations of the underappreciated father-of-the-bride are outlined.

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The trials and tribulations of the underappreciated and uncelebrated father-of-the-bride are depicted in flashback from the day of the ceremony. His bewilderment at his daughter's choice of beau, his exclusion from important events such as the shower, and his delegation to such menial tasks as addressing the invitations are depicted. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Years Before Tracy but Without the Laughs
1 May 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Forgotten Man, The (1941)

** (out of 4)

This Paramount-Robert Benchley short isn't a winner but it deserves credit for beating a more popular film to the punch by nine years. In the film Benchley talks about the "forgotten man" at a wedding who just happens to be the father of the bride. We then go back a year to when the entire thing started as the daughter began dating, the wedding plans were announced and of course the father has to start working more to try and pay for everything. Several elements show up here that would later be used in the Spencer Tracy-Elizabeth Taylor classic FATHER OF THE BRIDE and there's no question this film falls way short of that ones greatness but again, you must tip your hat since this one did come first. Once again I found the humor to be way too dry and so much so that there really weren't any good laughs. The film is certainly pleasant to sit through but when you watch a comedy I don't think it's too much to ask that you manage to crack a laugh. I thought Benchley was pretty good in the role of the father but he just doesn't have much to work with as the direction and screenplay are certainly lacking.


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