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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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Cast

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Tom Hurley
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Uncle Jack Conlon
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Ralph Halloran
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Mr. Joe Halloran (as Robert Simon)
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Mrs. Joe Halloran
Dorothy Stickney ...
Mrs. Rafferty
Carol Veazie ...
Mrs. Casey
Joan Camden ...
Alice Scanlon
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Eddie Hurley
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Sam Leiter
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Hotel Caterer
Paul Denton ...
Bill Scanlon
Augusta Merighi ...
Mrs. Musso
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Storyline

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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When you're in love, nothing else matters See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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22 June 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Festa de Casamento  »

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$1,008,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film did not do well at the box office for MGM, losing $106,000 ($935,000 in 2017) at the box office according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

Aggie says they only had five days notice until the wedding. They found out about the wedding on Friday morning. The wedding is scheduled for Tuesday morning. That is four days, not five. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 15 April 1956 (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Cailín Deas Crúite na mBó (A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow)
Traditional 18th-century Irish ballad
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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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