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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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In the film, one of the gifts Kay gets as a present is a Venus de Milo statue with a clock in the stomach, which Spencer Tracy refers to as a "stinker". This same gift makes its way into the 1991 re-make (Father of the Bride (1991)) among the presents, and is still not received well. 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:
Right then I knew we'd lost her. She'll always love us of course, but not in the old way. From now on her love will be handed out like a farmer's wife tossing scraps to the family rooster.
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"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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