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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
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Stanley T. Banks:
You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks up to you. You're her oracle. You're her hero. And then the day comes when she gets her first permanent wave and goes to her first real party, and from that day on, you're in a constant state of panic.
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An excellent vehicle for "Father of the Bride" Spencer Tracy. Mr. Tracy turns in an extremely engaging performance, under the direction of Vincente Minnelli. Joan Bennett and Elizabeth Taylor are very beautiful; they look like they could be mother and daughter. Ms. Bennett works well with Tracy; overall, the characters form a "perfect" family. But, this isn't Arthur Miller. Some may find the Banks family dull.
Not to put it down (because it is a great movie), but I was really surprised that this family was "middle class"; they seemed too rich to be fretting about such things. This was 1950s "middle class"? Tracy's was the central performance. I liked his "nightmare/dream" sequences, and his narration helped in understanding the character. The ending, with Tracy and Bennett learning how to be closer, was sweet.
******** Father of the Bride (6/16/50) Vincente Minnelli ~ Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor
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