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Director:
Writers:
Frances Goodrich (screenplay) and
Albert Hackett (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
16 June 1950 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You're invited . . . to a hilarious wedding ! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
When You're the Father of Girls? See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Spencer Tracy ... Stanley T. Banks

Joan Bennett ... Ellie Banks

Elizabeth Taylor ... Kay Banks

Don Taylor ... Buckley Dunstan

Billie Burke ... Doris Dunstan

Leo G. Carroll ... Mr. Massoula

Moroni Olsen ... Herbert Dunstan

Melville Cooper ... Mr. Tringle

Taylor Holmes ... Warner

Paul Harvey ... Reverend Galsworthy

Frank Orth ... Joe

Russ Tamblyn ... Tommy Banks (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Tom Irish ... Ben Banks
Marietta Canty ... Delilah
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Alexander ... Moving Man with Screen (uncredited)

Don Anderson ... Usher (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Man in Nightmare Montage (uncredited)
Fay Baker ... Miss Bellamy - Stanley's Secretary (uncredited)
Lucile Barnes ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Engagement Party Guest (uncredited)

Lillian Bronson ... Schoolteacher (uncredited)
Joe Brown Jr. ... Moving Man (uncredited)

Frank Cady ... Timid Engagement Party Guest (uncredited)
Aileen Carlyle ... Engagement Party Guest (uncredited)

Carleton Carpenter ... Party Guest / Usher at Wedding (uncredited)

Gene Coogan ... Barman at Wedding Reception (uncredited)
Lucille Curtis ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Boyd Davis ... Engagement Party Guest (uncredited)
Chris Drake ... Usher (uncredited)
Jacqueline Duval ... Peg - Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Ella Ethridge ... Woman in Nightmare Sequence (uncredited)
Estelle Etterre ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Janey Fay ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Bess Flowers ... Wedding Reception Guest (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Moving Man with Door (uncredited)
Mickey Golden ... Barman at Wedding Reception (uncredited)
William E. Greene ... Sad-Faced Engagement Party Guest (uncredited)

William Haade ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Engagement Party Guest (uncredited)
Bradford Hatton ... Florist (uncredited)
Jim Hayward ... Moving Man (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Stranger (uncredited)

Stuart Holmes ... Wedding Guest in Nightmare Sequence (uncredited)
Art Howard ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Frank Hyers ... Duffy - Cameraman (uncredited)
Walter Kelley ... Usher (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Woman in Dream Sequence (uncredited)
Peggy Leon ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Billy Mahan ... Usher (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Waiter at Wedding Reception (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... Heavy-Set Engagement Party Guest (uncredited)
Mickey McCardle ... Engagement Party Guest (uncredited)

Philo McCullough ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Engagement Party / Wedding Reception Guest (uncredited)
Patricia Miller ... Wispy Girl (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Engagement Party Guest (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... Wedding Guest at Church (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Waiter at Wedding Reception (uncredited)

Gil Perkins ... Moving Man (uncredited)

Ralph Peters ... Moving Man with Marquee (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)

Dorothy Phillips ... Woman in Nightmare Sequence (uncredited)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Foreman of Moving Men (uncredited)

Frank Richards ... Truck Driver (uncredited)

Dewey Robinson ... Moving Man with Lamp (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Erin Selwyn ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)

Charles Smith ... Usher (uncredited)
Mary Jane Smith ... Effie - Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Douglas Spencer ... Fritz the Organist (uncredited)
Harry Stanton ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Wedding Guest at Church (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Moving Man (uncredited)
Floyd Taylor ... Usher (uncredited)
Peter M. Thompson ... Usher (uncredited)
Nancy Valentine ... Fliss - Maid of Honor (uncredited)

Wendy Waldron ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Johnny Walsh ... Western Union Boy (uncredited)

Willard Waterman ... Vincent Dixon - Engagement Party Guest (uncredited)

Dick Wessel ... Moving Man with Chandelier (uncredited)
Jeff York ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
 
Writing credits
Frances Goodrich (screenplay) and
Albert Hackett (screenplay)

Edward Streeter (novel)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch 
 
Cinematography by
John Alton (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Leonid Vasian 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... make-up creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
Terry Miles .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lorraine Roberson .... hair stylist (uncredited)
William Tuttle .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Al Shenberg .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marvin Stuart .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
F. Keogh Gleason .... associate set decorator (as Keogh Gleason)
Salvador Dalí .... designer: dream sequence (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Standish J. Lambert .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe DeAce .... grip (uncredited)
Ed Hubbell .... still photographer (uncredited)
A. Lindsley Lane .... camera operator (uncredited)
Wes Shanks .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Walter Plunkett .... costumes: men's
Helen Rose .... costumes: women's
 
Editorial Department
Robert Watts .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Aldworth .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1951) | Spain:13 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:TV-G | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #14439) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The picture on the nightstand that Spencer Tracey looks at is a real life photo of Elizabeth Taylor as a child.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Quotes:
Stanley T. Banks:No one paid any attention to the orchestra. Ellie could have saved that 85 bucks!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Wedding MarchSee more »

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16 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
When You're the Father of Girls?, 4 December 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

When I watch either this version or the Steve Martin version of Father of the Bride, I always think of my poor brother now. He's the father of girls 21 and 19 so he will have to deal with what Spencer Tracy did twice.

This film was one of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's big moneymakers at the tail end of Louis B. Mayer's reign. It certainly has a theme, one that we can all identify with. 55 years after Father of the Bride came out, fathers all over the world will be overwhelmed by weddings. It will be so 100 years from now.

Twelve years after he won his second Oscar in Boystown, Spencer Tracy got an Oscar nomination for Stanley Banks, beleaguered and harried father of one of the most beautiful brides ever to grace the screen. It's on his performance, narrated in flashback by him, that the whole film rises or falls. Of course Tracy never let an audience down.

By coincidence the publicity surrounding Elizabeth Taylor's first marriage came as this film was being made and released. Sad that Liz Taylor never settled down to a stable marriage with a loving, faithful husband as Kay Banks did with Buckley Dunstan. But she sure is a bride for all seasons.

Of course the wedding, the planning, the cost, the disruption to the lives of the Banks household is the film. Who of us who dealt with having a wedding didn't have to deal with a snooty caterer? A formal announcement party that Tracy puts on and can't enjoy because he's stuck behind a jerry-built bar in his kitchen? A wedding rehearsal that can't seem to come off? Universal and timeless themes.

Joan Bennett registers well as the patient and loyal mother of the bride who has to deal with both her husband and daughter losing their minds to pre-wedding jitters. Moroni Olsen and Billie Burke and their son, Don Taylor, do just fine as the groom's side. And Leo G. Carroll is the wedding caterer from snob city. Maybe Clifton Webb could have done it better, if MGM could have afforded him, but Carroll is just fine.

My favorite moment in Father of the Bride is in the midst of all the chaos, Tracy looks at the older of Taylor's two brothers, Tom Irish, and tells him with great relief that when he gets married, his only contribution to the wedding will be him. My brother has to go through two daughters before he can say that to my nephew.

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