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Father of the Bride (1950)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 16 June 1950 (USA)
The father of a young woman deals with the emotional pain of her getting married, along with the financial and organizational trouble of arranging the wedding.

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Complete credited cast:
... Stanley T. Banks
... Ellie Banks
... Kay Banks
... Buckley Dunstan
... Doris Dunstan
... Mr. Massoula
... Herbert Dunstan
... Mr. Tringle
... Warner
... Reverend Galsworthy
... Joe
... Tommy Banks (as Rusty Tamblyn)
... Ben Banks
... Delilah
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Proud father Stanley Banks remembers the day his daughter, Kay, 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 Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Jack Benny badly wanted the lead role but was deemed unsuitable. See more »

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Buckley calls the character "Kay" Liz when she comes down the stairs to meet him for their date early in the movie. He has just met the parents for the first time. See more »

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Stanley T. Banks: I would like to say a few words about weddings. I've just been through one. Not my own. My daughter's. Someday in the far future I may be able to remember it with tender indulgence, but not now. I always used to think that marriages were a simple affair. Boy meets girl. Fall in love. They get married. Have babies. Eventually the babies grow up and meet other babies. They fall in love. Get married. Have babies. And so on and on and on. Looked at that way, it's not only simple, it's downright ...
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Tracy's Narration, Liz's Face Highlight This Better Version
22 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

For those who like a light comedy diversion, this was pretty good stuff. Spencer Tracy is excellent as a "father of the bride" and he gives us a good idea of what it's like to have a daughter married off. Of course, Hollywood exaggerates a bit, and not everyone's daughter looks like Elizabeth Taylor, but that's what made this fun and, I think, a hit movie.

It must have been a good story and pretty successful for a re-make to be made 40 years later, starring Steve Martin. I watched both versions and would select this one over the re- make. As in most cases, there were more values and family togetherness in the classic-era movies than what Hollywood usually shows today. Nothing against Martin, but it was too difficult trying to top Tracy's performance in here.

This version actually was honored quite a bit, up for a handful of Academy Awards including "Best Picture." I don't remember this movie being THAT good, but everyone's sense of humor is different. Also, not being a father it was hard for me to relate to the mom and dad's predicaments here. Tracy and Joan Bennett played the parents. However, married friends of mine who saw this movie all loved it.

Obviously, some of this is very dated and a little unrealistic. Any father who still sees his daughter as someone in pigtails and tomboyish when she looks like Taylor ain't paying attention! Then again, maybe all dads see their daughters as little girls, no matter what age.

We see something else employed in this film you don't see anymore: someone talking directly to the camera as Tracy does here. I kind of like that. Daffy Duck did that, with hilarious results. So did Groucho Mark. It made us, the audience, feel we were involved with wedding, too.

All in all, still a good film which holds up reasonably well if you can look at it as a farce, and a comment with weddings - something that will never change!


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