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The Bachelor Party (1957)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  10 April 1957 (USA)
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Five office friends meet up for a night on the town to celebrate the forthcoming marriage of one of them. As the night wears on and the drink starts to tell, they become more confidential ... See full summary »

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Five office friends meet up for a night on the town to celebrate the forthcoming marriage of one of them. As the night wears on and the drink starts to tell, they become more confidential in expressing their concerns and hopes. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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They'll live it up tonight!

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Despedida de Solteiro  »

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Movie debut of Nancy Marchand. See more »

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In the subway scene, the moving image through the window behind the actors is not synchronized with the images seen through the windows further down the train. See more »

Quotes

Arnold Craig: [about his fiancée] What'll I say to her, Charlie?
Charlie Samson: Gee, I don't know. What do you feel like saying to her, Arnold? Do you really love her? I mean, are you just marrying this girl because your family wants you to marry her? What?
Arnold Craig: I think I like her, Charlie. It's just that, well, I'm afraid that I'm not going to make a very good husband for her, Charlie.
Charlie Samson: Tell her that, Arnold. Just tell her that you don't think you'll make a good husband, that you're scared. If she's a half-way decent girl, ...
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References The Proud and the Beautiful (1953) See more »

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Saturday Night Mambo
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Music by Roy Webb
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No life in this party.
9 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Following up their critically acclaimed Oscar winning triumph Marty collaboration, screenwriter Paddy Chayevsky and director Del Mann attempt to make lightening strike twice with another stroll down melancholy lane, The Bachelor Party. Morose and sluggish it only serves to re-enforce how moving a performance Ernie Borgnine gave in their previous treatment.

Glum family man Charlie Sampson (Don Murray) vacillates about attending a bachelor party with co-workers after quitting time. The boys spend the evening drinking and ogling but as the night wears on they become confessional about the disappointments they've been met with in life. Barging into a bohemian get together Charlie is momentarily mesmerized by a Beat (Carolyn Jones) delivering one rapid fire monologue and they plan a hook-up later in the night. Back at home his wife frets about the lack of spark in her life with a confidant (Nancy Marchand) who sets her straight about the realities of marriage.

With everyone in a deep state of torpor or frustration (save for scene stealer Jones) The Bachelor Party has little to celebrate as each member gets his opportunity to flaccidly expound on his hum drum existence. It's all talk and no action with a group of noxious whiners and silent suffering wives compartmentalizing and remaining in denial with a sell out ending that lazily allows itself to tie things up with hangovers and a musical flourish rather than attempt to get beyond its cliché scenario populated by lugubrious dullards and address the issue with a touch more verve.


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