Father's Little Dividend

Father's Little Dividend

Director: Vincente Minnelli

Cast: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor

     
 

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This sequel to the 1950 comedy hit Father of the Bride is every bit as good as its predecessor. Once again, Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett star as Stanley and Ellie Banks, the parents of newlywed Kay Dunstan (Elizabeth Taylor). In the first film, Stanley Banks was forced to endure the chaotic events leading up to the wedding. This time, he must comes to grips

Overview

This sequel to the 1950 comedy hit Father of the Bride is every bit as good as its predecessor. Once again, Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett star as Stanley and Ellie Banks, the parents of newlywed Kay Dunstan (Elizabeth Taylor). In the first film, Stanley Banks was forced to endure the chaotic events leading up to the wedding. This time, he must comes to grips with the prospect of becoming a grandfather. Once he's reconciled himself to this jolt of mortality, Stanley must contend with the little bundle of joy, who screams his head off every time Grandpa comes near him. The final sequence, wherein Stanley accidentally misplaces the baby during a trip to the park, may not meet with the approval of the Politically Correct, but who cares? Father's Little Dividend was sort of remade in 1994 as Father of the Bride II, with Steve Martin assuming the Spencer Tracy role, and with the added complication of discovering that his own wife (Diane Keaton) is also pregnant! For reasons best known to MGM, the copyright for Father's Little Dividend was not renewed in 1978, thus the film has lapsed into public domain and is more available than ever.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
This sequel to Father of the Bride cannot really stand up to the original, but on its own terms, Father's Little Dividend is an amusing, lightly enjoyable little film. There's definitely a sense of déjà vu to the film, not only because it's a sequel, but because it is revisiting territory that has been trod many times. Complicating matters is the fact that there's no real plot to the film, merely a series of episodes which, on the surface, fit together but which don't really add up to a satisfying whole. Add to this some overly contrived situations -- including the climactic sequence in which the viewer is asked to believe that Spencer Tracy would leave a baby unprotected in a carriage while he plays with a group of boys -- and it's easy to see why the film falls short of classic status. Fortunately, it does have an expert cast to help it over the rough spots, with Tracy leading the way with his usual gruff-but-lovable routine. Director Vincente Minnelli seems a bit hampered by the script and by the necessity of filming in black-and-white, but he does find a number of arresting shots, and his staging of the sequence in which Elizabeth Taylor comes to feel overwhelmed by those around her is very well-handled. Dividend is not an outstanding comedy, but it is pleasant and diverting.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1999
UPC:
0096009014636
Original Release:
1951
Rating:
G
Source:
Echo Bridge
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:21:00
Sales rank:
33,822

Special Features

Interactive menu; Scene selector; Dolby Digital; Trivia quiz; Biography

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy Stanley T. Banks
Joan Bennett Ellie Banks
Elizabeth Taylor Kay Dunstan
Don Taylor Buckley Dunstan
Billie Burke Mrs. Doris Dunstan
Moroni Olsen Herbert Dunstan
Richard Rober Police Sergeant
Marietta Canty Delilah
Russ Tamblyn Tommy Banks
Tom Irish Ben Banks
Hayden Rorke Dr. Andrew Nordell
Paul Harvey Rev. Galsworthy
James Menzies Mike
Tommie Menzies Red
George Bruggeman Gym Instructor
Frank Faylen Policeman
Dabbs Greer Taxi Driver
Harry Hines Old Man
Lon Poff Elderly Man on Porch
Frank Sully Diaper Man
Beverly Thompson Nurse
Nancy Valentine Bridesmaid
Wendy Waldron Bridesmaid
Robert B. Williams Officer

Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
John Alton Cinematographer
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Frances Goodrich Screenwriter
Albert Hackett Screenwriter
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Albert Sendrey Score Composer
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Leonid Vasian Art Director
Ferris Webster Editor
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [12:52]
2. A New Man [12:58]
3. Battling Grandparents [8:43]
4. Squabbling [4:39]
5. Tension Mounts [12:03]
6. The Arrival [9:28]
7. Loosing Herbie [1:22]
8. The Christening [10:44]
9. End [6:54]

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