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Father of the Bride (1950)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 16 June 1950 (USA)
The father of a young woman deals with the emotional pain of her getting married, along with the financial and organizational trouble of arranging the wedding.



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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 Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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The Bride gets the THRILLS! Father gets the BILLS! See more »


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Release Date:

16 June 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El padre de la novia  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"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 »


Buckley calls the character "Kay" Liz when she comes down the stairs to meet him for their date early in the movie. He has just met the parents for the first time. See more »


Stanley T. Banks: No one paid any attention to the orchestra. Ellie could have saved that 85 bucks!
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Spencer Tracy (1961) See more »


Wedding March
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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A film for everybody.
22 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In one of his best performances, Spencer Tracy carries this film to be better than it would have been in other hands as the nervous and scared father of the bride. His wonderful mixture of firmness and gentleness make him a lovable character that we all can relate to. He gives us the feelings that he is experiencing while his only daughter, whom he was very close to as she grew up, gets married and leaves his life. Elizabeth Taylor is simply gorgeous as the bride-to-be, and Joan Bennett does very fine as the mother. Vincente Minnelli directs very well, but I can't help but wonder if this would have been better in color with all the dramatic settings during the wedding scenes. Nevertheless, the many colorful emotions that come with a wedding, both angry and happy, are finely displayed in this solid, well-made movie that explores one of life's greatest pleasures on the screen. This is a film for all kinds of people.

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