The trials and tribulations of the underappreciated father-of-the-bride are outlined.


(as Leslie Roush)


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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 (

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Comedy | Short





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23 May 1941 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Father of the Bride
27 February 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Another of Benchley's Mr. Doakes shorts -- some of which were produced at MGM and others at Paramount. This casts Robert Benchley, reduced to a nullity, as the father of the bride -- and the similarity of Spencer Tracy's performance nine years later in the classic Minnelli comedy is amazing.

Although these short subjects are not as hilarious as the ones in which Benchley explains a subject ineptly -- the primordial THE TREASURER'S REPORT (1928) or the perfect, Oscar-winning HOW TO SLEEP (1935), these Joe Doakes shorts are wonderful, low-key comedy shorts and a thorough delight for the movie buff. At only ten minutes each, they can be used to round out a pleasant couple of hours of watching old flicks.

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