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The Catered Affair (1956)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  14 June 1956 (USA)
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At breakfast, Jane announces that she and Ralph are getting married the next week. All Jane and Ralph want is a small wedding with the immediate family and no reception. This is because ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Mrs. Agnes Hurley
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Tom Hurley
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Jane Hurley
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Uncle Jack Conlon
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Ralph Halloran
Robert F. Simon ...
Mr. Joe Halloran (as Robert Simon)
Madge Kennedy ...
Mrs. Joe Halloran
Dorothy Stickney ...
Mrs. Rafferty
Carol Veazie ...
Mrs. Casey
Joan Camden ...
Alice Scanlon
Ray Stricklyn ...
Eddie Hurley
Jay Adler ...
Sam Leiter
Dan Tobin ...
Hotel Caterer
Paul Denton ...
Bill Scanlon
Augusta Merighi ...
Mrs. Musso
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At breakfast, Jane announces that she and Ralph are getting married the next week. All Jane and Ralph want is a small wedding with the immediate family and no reception. This is because Janes parents are poor and Jane and Ralph can borrow a car for their honeymoon. However, at dinner that night all Ralph's parents talk about are the big weddings they gave their daughters and everything escalates. All of a sudden, it is a big wedding breakfast with hundreds of guests. The problem is that for 12 years, Tom has been saving money to buy his own cab and license, but now that he can, all of his money is going towards a wedding neither he, or Jane or Ralph really want. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The story of a girl who wanted to lead her own life. See more »

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14 June 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Festa de Casamento  »

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$1,008,000 (estimated)
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The church where the wedding is held is the Church of St. Augustine, which was located in the Bronx on Franklin Ave. between East 167th and 168th St. The church was built in 1894. By 2009, St. Augustine's had fallen into such a state of disrepair that the building could no longer be used. With membership in the parish having dwindled to around 300, St. Augustine's was closed in 2011. The parish church, rectory and convent were demolished in 2013 to make way for subsidized housing. See more »

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Real-life radio soap opera "The Romance of Helen Trent" is heard on radio while members of Hurley family are waking up, eating breakfast and preparing to go off to work; in reality, radio soaps weren't broadcast until late mornings/ afternoons and/or evenings. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bridge Attendant: Boy, Tom how's the taxi business?
Tom Hurley: How's the bridge business?
Bridge Attendant: One more day like this, I'll own the bridge.
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Remake of Goodyear Playhouse: The Catered Affair (1955) See more »

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Touching, nuanced
29 January 2005 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

An unjustly neglected "kitchen sink" movie from the fifties, with fine performances by all and intriguing New York locations.

Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine portray the very much working-class parents of a young woman who is about to get married, and just wants a quick ceremony with no reception. But the mother, guilty about "not giving her daughter anything" over the years, pushes for an expensive "catered affair" that her husband cannot afford, and would use money he planned to devote to buying a taxicab license.

Davis' brassy performance has received the most attention, but Borgnine's subtle, nuanced portrayal of the father is what really sustains this movie. Barry Fitzgerald provides comic relief as a "oirish" uncle. Altogether a charming and touching film that is very much a slice of life of NYC in the fifties. Like the other Chayefsky scripts of this era, it explores themes that would have been unpalatable or mawkish for any other writer.


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