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The Catered Affair (1956)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Mrs. Agnes Hurley
Tom Hurley
Jane Hurley
Uncle Jack Conlon
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


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 <>

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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:

14 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, Betty 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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Referenced in Three's Company: The Catered Affair (1979) See more »


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very good acting all around
26 February 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This movie has an okay plot--a guy wants to buy a cab license and his wife is insistent that they instead use the money on an over-priced wedding. But the movie is more than just a tissue-thin plot. Instead, the real story is that the acting and writing for the characters are so good that these all seem like real-life people--not like people acting. Ernest Borgnine--just coming off his success in MARTY, does a great job as the husband. Bette Davis is also exceptional as the mom. Debbie Reynolds could have been over-shadowed by these two fine actors but she manages to also come across quite well. The story is a bit simple and slow-moving and some may cringe at the painful family squabbling (though it never degenerates to outright cruelty--you know down deep they do care about each other). But, the acting pulls it all together.

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