Father of the Bride (1950)

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A father of a young woman deals with the emotional pain of her getting married, and the financial and organizational pain of arranging her wedding.



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Complete credited cast:
Don Taylor ...
Moroni Olsen ...
Melville Cooper ...
Mr. Tringle
Taylor Holmes ...
Paul Harvey ...
Frank Orth ...
Tommy Banks (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Tom Irish ...
Marietta Canty ...


Proud father Stanley Banks remembers the day his daughter, Kay, got married. Starting when she announces her engagement through to the wedding itself, we learn of all the surprises and disasters along the way. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

16 June 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El padre de la novia  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Spencer Tracy wanted Katharine Hepburn for his screen wife, but it was felt that they were too romantic a team to play a happily domesticated couple with children, so Joan Bennett got the part. See more »


At the party to announce the engagement, Stanley is fixing drinks, and opens two Cokes which spray all over him. In both cases, but especially when he opens the second coke, it is obvious that the spray is coming from the wall cabinet, not from the coke bottle. See more »


Stanley T. Banks: Who giveth this woman? "This woman." But she's not a woman. She's still a child. And she's leaving us. What's it going to be like to come home and not find her? Not to hear her voice calling "Hi, Pops" as I come in? I suddenly realized what I was doing. I was giving up Kay. Something inside me began to hurt.
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an MGM corker
16 April 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

My favourite performance of Spencer Tracy's from all the work he did in thirty-seven years in the movies - here he plays harassed father Stanley Banks struggling to cope with the comedy of his daughter Kay's wedding. Kay is played by the young and beautiful Elizabeth Taylor, who had just been married for the first time in real life; and her intended is played by Don Taylor, an actor I haven't seen in anything else, and can't really remember doing anything of interest in this. The family is completed by Joan Bennett as Tracy's wife, and Rusty (later Russ) Tamblyn as their youngest child.

Although the movie does play up the comic potential of the wedding situation

  • the dad dreams of losing his trousers as he walks down the aisle, for

example - it also has moments of poignancy, especially in the last few sequences where the parents dance together in the post-party mess of their once-pristine house. This kind of thing puts the movie above the ordinary, and is exactly what was missing in the Steve Martin remake years later.

And don't let me forget Billie Burke and Moroni Olsen as the groom's parents
  • really funny!

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