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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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Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Frances Goodrich (screenplay), Albert Hackett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Stanley T. Banks
Joan Bennett ... Ellie Banks
Elizabeth Taylor ... Kay Banks
Don Taylor ... Buckley Dunstan
Billie Burke ... Doris Dunstan
Leo G. Carroll ... Mr. Massoula
Moroni Olsen ... Herbert Dunstan
Melville Cooper ... Mr. Tringle
Taylor Holmes ... Warner
Paul Harvey ... Reverend Galsworthy
Frank Orth ... Joe
Russ Tamblyn ... Tommy Banks (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Tom Irish ... Ben Banks
Marietta Canty ... Delilah
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El padre de la novia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 25, 1951 with Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett and Elizabeth Taylor reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

At the party to announce the engagement, Stanley is fixing drinks, and opens two Cokes which spray all over him. In the next shot, the bottle opener has disappeared from the kitchen cabinet, and a bottle of Brandy appears in his hand, which he must put down to wait on the next person. See more »

Quotes

Ben Banks: Can't be June. I've got my final. Why not May?
Ellie Banks: May's too early.
Tommy Banks: July's out. I'm going to camp.
Kay Banks: This isn't a kids party. It's my wedding and my friends.
Stanley T. Banks: Ellie, what did you mean by?
Kay Banks: No one has to raise a finger. When the time comes, I'll do everything. And I mean everything.
Ellie Banks: I can imagine that.
Ben Banks: I'm not going.
Kay Banks: Listen! I don't care if you come or not!
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Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight
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Written by Rudy Vallee, Ray Noble, Jimmy Campbell and Reginald Connelly
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When You're the Father of Girls?
4 December 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When I watch either this version or the Steve Martin version of Father of the Bride, I always think of my poor brother now. He's the father of girls 21 and 19 so he will have to deal with what Spencer Tracy did twice.

This film was one of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's big moneymakers at the tail end of Louis B. Mayer's reign. It certainly has a theme, one that we can all identify with. 55 years after Father of the Bride came out, fathers all over the world will be overwhelmed by weddings. It will be so 100 years from now.

Twelve years after he won his second Oscar in Boystown, Spencer Tracy got an Oscar nomination for Stanley Banks, beleaguered and harried father of one of the most beautiful brides ever to grace the screen. It's on his performance, narrated in flashback by him, that the whole film rises or falls. Of course Tracy never let an audience down.

By coincidence the publicity surrounding Elizabeth Taylor's first marriage came as this film was being made and released. Sad that Liz Taylor never settled down to a stable marriage with a loving, faithful husband as Kay Banks did with Buckley Dunstan. But she sure is a bride for all seasons.

Of course the wedding, the planning, the cost, the disruption to the lives of the Banks household is the film. Who of us who dealt with having a wedding didn't have to deal with a snooty caterer? A formal announcement party that Tracy puts on and can't enjoy because he's stuck behind a jerry-built bar in his kitchen? A wedding rehearsal that can't seem to come off? Universal and timeless themes.

Joan Bennett registers well as the patient and loyal mother of the bride who has to deal with both her husband and daughter losing their minds to pre-wedding jitters. Moroni Olsen and Billie Burke and their son, Don Taylor, do just fine as the groom's side. And Leo G. Carroll is the wedding caterer from snob city. Maybe Clifton Webb could have done it better, if MGM could have afforded him, but Carroll is just fine.

My favorite moment in Father of the Bride is in the midst of all the chaos, Tracy looks at the older of Taylor's two brothers, Tom Irish, and tells him with great relief that when he gets married, his only contribution to the wedding will be him. My brother has to go through two daughters before he can say that to my nephew.


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