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Father's Little Dividend (1951)

In this sequel to Father of the Bride (1950), newly married Kay Dunstan announces that she and her husband are going to have a baby, leaving her father having to come to grips with the fact that he will soon be a granddad.



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In this sequel to Father of the Bride (1950), Stanley Banks learns that his daughter Kay is going to have a baby. When they get the news everyone except Stanley is overjoyed. His wife and grandmother-to-be Ellie broadcasts it everywhere and all Stan can do is worry about the practical things like how his son-in-law Buckley can afford it. Well, having not long ago paid for the wedding, Stanley has no intention of bearing any of the expenses involved. Buckley's parents and Ellie are overjoyed at the news and virtually take over redecorating the young couple's new house. Crisis and false alarms take over their lives and when the child is born, the only person he doesn't seem to like is Stanley. A walk in the park - and absolute panic when Stanley misplaces his grandson - seems to resolve the situation. Written by garykmcd

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27 April 1951 (USA)  »

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This is one of a handful of MGM productions of the 1950-51 period whose original copyrights were never renewed and are now apparently in Public Domain; for this reason this title is now offered, often in very inferior copies, at bargain prices, by numerous VHS and DVD distributors who do not normally handle copyrighted or MGM material. See more »


During the drive to the hospital, Stanley and Ellie cross a railroad track just before the arrival of a train. Immediately afterward, we can see the traffic behind the car, and the stream of cars is undisrupted, with no sign of the train. See more »


Stanley Banks: Now look Ellie, I know how anxious you've been to get your hooks into that baby, but the answer is NO. I've been through all that you know, the two o'clock feedings, the colic and the measles & all the rest of it & I'm not going through all of it again, especially with somebody else's baby
Ellie Banks: [plaintively] It wouldn't be like that, Stanley, it'll be fun to have a baby
Stanley Banks: You can go over and see the baby at their apartment when they get it all washed & ironed, but it's not coming here and THAT'S FINAL!
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A Very Disappointing Elizabeth Taylor Vehicle
17 June 2013 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Released in 1951 - This somewhat ditzy Chick Flick/Comedy starred the radiant, 19 year-old Elizabeth Taylor whose beauty, alone, wasn't enough to hold its obviously rushed and weak-scripted story together as a whole.

Father's Little Dividend, which was a sequel to Father Of The Bride, was, above all else, a Spencer Tracy vehicle. Here Tracy revised his role of Stanley Banks whose daughter, Kay (the eldest of his 3 children) had married Buckley Dunstan, a stuffy, young man whom he didn't (and still doesn't) particularly approve of.

In this film, Kay, who has now been happily married to Buckley for a year, excitedly announces, to one and all, that she's pregnant.

Instead of joy, this news puts Stanley into a miserable snit because it's now going to make him a grandfather, which is something that he secretly resents.

There's lots of unnecessary bickering and confusion going on in this one's story. And there's one really terrible scene (which is supposed to generate the biggest laughs) where (once the baby boy has been born) Stanley takes his infant grandson out in the carriage for a walk and, due to sheer neglect, actually loses him in broad daylight.

Father's Little Dividend was a poorly-conceived picture on all counts.

Directed by Vincente Minnelli, it was filmed in b&w, with a running time of only 82 minutes.

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