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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
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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 »
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 »
Boy, Tom how's the taxi business?
How's the bridge business?
One more day like this, I'll own the bridge.
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Paddy Chayevsky is noticeable here but Gore Vidal's screenplay is the star of this beautiful movie. The cast is an odd lot: Imagine that Bette Davis and Barry Fitzgerald are related by blood, that Davis and Ernest Borgnine are married, and that Debbie Reynolds is their daughter! Toss in Dorothy Stickney as Fitzgerald's blue collar, card-playing ladyfriend. Amazingly, it all works.
Bette is Bette. She works very, very well with the ensemble but she unmistakably Bette Davis, and later Bette Davis at that. Yet, this relatively small movie is one of her best: I'd say her best in the years that followed "All About Eve." Debbie Reynolds is a revelation. She has had a career in musicals and comedy but she is very poignant as the daughter of this unhappily married working class daughter, who really does not want a big wedding.
Rod Taylor is rather odd casting as her fiancé. He was Australian and hardily the bespectacled schoolteacher he plays. Glasses are off far more than they're on. But he too is good.
The major surprise is Richard Brooks. He directed a few good movies in the early 1950s. But the ones for which he is famous -- most especially the unwatchable "Elmer Gantry" -- are all size and not only no substance but are generally grotesque. Here, his direction is subdued and on the money.
the John Alton cinematography is excellent. And the music by Andre Previn is lovely. It adds immeasurably to the mood and is, in my opinion, at least as good as the Copland movie scores that are now viewed as classical music.
Ernest Borgnine's "Marty" is far better known and was heralded in its day. It is extremely dated. This movie is as fresh as the new fallen snow and is infinitely superior to "Marty." It is a lovely little classic.
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