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The Catered Affair (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 22 June 1956 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
Tom Hurley
Jane Hurley
Uncle Jack Conlon
Ralph Halloran
Mr. Joe Halloran (as Robert Simon)
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


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 »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

22 June 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Festa de Casamento  »

Box Office


$1,008,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Craggy-faced Ernest Borgnine was 39 when this film came out, only 15 years older than his film daughter Debbie Reynolds, who was 24. His wife in the film, Bette Davis, was 48. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Bridge Attendant: Morning, 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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Cailín Deas Crúite na mBó (A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow)
Traditional 18th-century Irish ballad
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a beautiful film of lost dreams and illusions
28 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have loved this film for years and it gets so rarely shown. No need to explain what it is about as others have done it so much better than I could. The performances are all superb (especially the supporting players) and it stands today as much as a social document as it does a piece of film. I used to love DAVIS years back and then went off her somewhat as I kept thinking she was all too exaggerated, too theatrical, too mannered. In this film I would disagree with someone who said it is LA DAVIS as usual. I would say it is not. She is miles away from MARGO CHANNING and CHARLOTTE VALE in this. I don't know the background of the characters for "real" but she sounds "real", no effort in glamorizing the character either The one bit that gets to me every time last about 10 seconds and is right at the end. It is the look of a new proprietor (wont tell why so as not to spoil it) on a face of a woman who never had anything, and whose dreams have all but disappeared. She looks around and the pride and gladness felt by her character AGGIE is all in there.No words. Just a glance, a look. As I write this I get goose pimples just thinking about it. This should be shown to kids today as part of "living history", a history not so far gone. If you like your movies with action and pretty blondes by pass this. If you like to know about people and the human condition don't miss it..It is all in there.Beautifully and heartfeltingly done.

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