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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"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 25, 1951 with Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett and Elizabeth Taylor reprising their film roles. See more »


Early in the film when the Banks family are having a meal, the length of the candles on the table change from long, to short and back to long. 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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Every Father's Worse Nightmare
4 December 2001 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Father of the Bride" is Spencer Tracy's picture. His performance as the overwhelmed father of the bride is outstanding.

The plot is simple. Stanley Banks'(Tracy) daughter Kay (the beautiful teen-aged Elizabeth Taylor) announces her impending marriage to Buckley Dunstan (Don Taylor). Mother (Joan Bennett) gets into the act and before you know it the bills are mounting and father is going greyer by the minute. There is the usual pre-marriage argument between the two lovers, the ever increasing guest list, a frantic rehearsal and finally the big day itself with father trying to maintain his sanity throughout.

The supporting cast is excellent. Leo G. Carroll is good as the befuddled caterer, Melville Cooper does a funny bit as the church deacon and the still beautiful Billie Burke along with Moroni Olsen appear as the parents of the Groom.

"Father of the Bride" under the able direction of Vincente Minnelli, is the kind of family comedy that we rarely see anymore.

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