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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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Complete credited cast:
Doris Dunstan
Mr. Massoula
Herbert Dunstan
Mr. Tringle
Reverend Galsworthy
Tommy Banks (as Rusty Tamblyn)


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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It is the only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year not to win any Academy Awards. 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 »


Ben Banks: Can't be June. I've got my final. Why not May?
Ellie Banks: May's too early.
Tommy Banks: July's out. I'm going to camp.
Kay Banks: This isn't a kids party. It's my wedding and my friends.
Stanley T. Banks: Ellie, what did you mean by?
Kay Banks: No one has to raise a finger. When the time comes, I'll do everything. And I mean everything.
Ellie Banks: I can imagine that.
Ben Banks: I'm not going.
Kay Banks: Listen! I don't care if you come or not!
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Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight
Written by Rudy Vallee, Ray Noble, Jimmy Campbell and Reginald Connelly
Heard in the last scene as Stanley and Ellie dance
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A film for everybody.
22 June 2008 | by 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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