Proud father Stanley T. Banks (Spencer Tracy) remembers the day his daughter, Kay (Dame Elizabeth Taylor), got married. Starting when she announces her engagement through to the wedding itself, we learn of all the surprises and disasters along the way.Written by
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The premiere took place twelve days after Dame Elizabeth Taylor's real-life May 6, 1950, marriage to Conrad "Nicky" Hilton, Jr. The premiere took place on May 18, 1950 in New York City, and was later released to the general American public in June. The publicity surrounding her real-life marriage is credited with helping to make this movie so successful. See more »
At engagement party, when Stanley (Spencer Tracey) is fixing drinks, one of the party goers asks, "When are you gonna make your speech HERB." "Herb" is actually the first name of the groom Buckley's father. See more »
Stanley! You don't have to shout! Nobody's deaf! It's mortifying with
[indicates Delilah in the kitchen]
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"Father of the Bride" is Spencer Tracy's picture. His performance as the overwhelmed father of the bride is outstanding.
The plot is simple. Stanley Banks'(Tracy) daughter Kay (the beautiful teen-aged Elizabeth Taylor) announces her impending marriage to Buckley Dunstan (Don Taylor). Mother (Joan Bennett) gets into the act and before you know it the bills are mounting and father is going greyer by the minute. There is the usual pre-marriage argument between the two lovers, the ever increasing guest list, a frantic rehearsal and finally the big day itself with father trying to maintain his sanity throughout.
The supporting cast is excellent. Leo G. Carroll is good as the befuddled caterer, Melville Cooper does a funny bit as the church deacon and the still beautiful Billie Burke along with Moroni Olsen appear as the parents of the Groom.
"Father of the Bride" under the able direction of Vincente Minnelli, is the kind of family comedy that we rarely see anymore.
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