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The Bachelor Party (1957)

Approved | | Drama | 10 April 1957 (USA)
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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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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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Carolyn Jones' five minute appearance in "The Bachelor Party" is claimed to be the shortest ever Oscar-nominated performance. 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 »

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The Existentialist: My new landlord kept telling me he was in love with me. I said, "How existentialist can you get? You just met me five minutes ago."
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Featured in Playboy: The Story of X (1998) See more »

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Hollywood Bedtime Story
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Written by Paul Mertz and Joe Karnes
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Nice Slice-of-life drama
24 May 2007 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

"Look Back In Anger," which came out on film a year after this, is a far more famous and influential work. Yet it doesn't hold up. The charter of Jimmy Potter, the original angry young man, seems extremely disagreeable. That film is beautifully acted.

"The Bachelor Party," on the other hand, though a far lesser work, does not seem dated. Oh sure: The money is different. The approach to women is antithetical to Women's Liberation. But it's a nice little movie.

Of the Paddy Chayevsky movies from this time, I would rate "The Catered Affair" as the best. Next would come this. Then would be the feted "Marty," which is extremely dated.

Don Murray makes a highly likable main character. The other men are good too. The women don't register so well. And in particular, the gifted Carolyn Jones's role has not held up well: She plays a character called The Existentialist. Murray meets her at a Beatnik party in Greenwich Village -- and a highly improbable one, at that. She doesn't seem Bohemian. She seems like a garden variety kvetch.

But it's an easy movie to like and one I would recommend.

(It seems to me a precursor to the John Cassavetes buddy movies that were to begin a few years later.)


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