Catered Affair

Overview

Bette Davis goes the "kitchen sink drama" route in The Catered Affair. As the frowsy wife of Bronx cabdriver Ernest Borgnine, Davis insists that her daughter Debbie Reynolds have a high-class wedding--caterers and all. Reynolds and future hubby Rod Taylor want a simple ceremony, but Davis' mind is made up. The wedding snowballs into an unwieldy affair as Davis and Borgnine find that they must invite everyone they know or risk incurring the wrath of their neighborhood. When the cost of the affair exceeds the ...
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Overview

Bette Davis goes the "kitchen sink drama" route in The Catered Affair. As the frowsy wife of Bronx cabdriver Ernest Borgnine, Davis insists that her daughter Debbie Reynolds have a high-class wedding--caterers and all. Reynolds and future hubby Rod Taylor want a simple ceremony, but Davis' mind is made up. The wedding snowballs into an unwieldy affair as Davis and Borgnine find that they must invite everyone they know or risk incurring the wrath of their neighborhood. When the cost of the affair exceeds the family's bank account, Davis rails at Borgnine for failing to be a good provider. It takes her till the very end of the film to realize what a fool she's been. Gore Vidal, of all people, adapted The Catered Affair from a TV drama written by Paddy Chayefsky; the original telecast had starred Thelma Ritter.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2011
  • UPC: 883316369883
  • Original Release: 1956
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Remastered
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,506

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Mrs. Tom Hurley
Ernest Borgnine Tom Hurley
Debbie Reynolds Jane Hurley
Barry Fitzgerald Uncle Jack Conlon
Rod Taylor Ralph Halloran
Robert Simon Mr. Halloran
Madge Kennedy Mrs. Halloran
Dorothy Stickney Mrs. Rafferty
Carol Veazie/Morris Carnovsky Mrs. Casey
Joan Camden Alice
Ray Stricklyn Eddie Hurley
Jay Adler Sam Leiter
Dan Tobin Caterer
Paul Denton Bill
Augusta Merighi Mrs. Musso
Mae Clarke Saleswoman
Don Devlin Taxi driver
Jimmy Fox Tailor
Jack Kenny
Sammy Shack Cabbie
Bob Stephenson
Technical Credits
Richard Brooks Director
John Alton Cinematographer
Paddy Chayefsky Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Paul Groesse Art Director
André Previn Score Composer
Gene Ruggiero Editor
Frank Santillo Editor
Gore Vidal Screenwriter, Source Author
Sam Zimbalist Producer
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