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Father of the Bride

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Director: Vincente Minnelli

Cast: Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Bennett


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Spencer Tracy received an Oscar nomination for his performance in the classic comedy Father of the Bride. Stanley T. Banks (Tracy) is a securely middle-class lawyer whose daughter Kay (Elizabeth Taylor) announces that she's going to marry her beau Buckley Dunstan (Don


Spencer Tracy received an Oscar nomination for his performance in the classic comedy Father of the Bride. Stanley T. Banks (Tracy) is a securely middle-class lawyer whose daughter Kay (Elizabeth Taylor) announces that she's going to marry her beau Buckley Dunstan (Don Taylor). From that point on, everything in Stanley's life is turned upside down. His wife Ellie (Joan Bennett) wants Kay to have the kind of formal wedding that she and Stanley never had, and between meeting his soon-to-be in-laws, the socially prominent Herbert and Doris Dunstan (Moroni Olsen and Billie Burke), his man-to-man talk with the groom, hosting the engagement party, financing the increasingly lavish wedding, and wondering if Kay and Buckley will resolve their differences before arriving at the altar, Stanley barely has time to deal with his own considerable anxieties about his advancing age and how his "little girl" became a grown woman. Director Vincente Minnelli reunited with the principal cast a year later for a sequel, Father's Little Dividend; and the movie was remade in 1991 with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton.

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All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Father of the Bride is a well-made light comedy, enhanced by a radiant performance from Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy at his subtle, comic best. The film encapsulates the self-image of the United States in 1950, depicting a traditional two-parent family's passing along the fundamental ritual of marriage. As such, it effectively defines what is sometimes referred to as a "family values" film, never mind that the United States in the 1950s may hardly have been this homogenized and wholesome. If not as opulent as MGM films of the Irving Thalberg era, Father of the Bride nonetheless represents the type of high-quality studio film often produced in the post-WWII era. It was a huge financial success, and it is sometimes cited as evidence that the reputation of director Vincente Minnelli has come to center too much on his musicals and not enough on his broader work, such as this comedy.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; 2 vintage newsreels; Production notes; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español, Portugûes, Japanese, Mandarin-Taiwan, Thai & Korean (feature film only)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy Stanley T. Banks
Elizabeth Taylor Kay Banks
Joan Bennett Ellie Banks
Don Taylor Buckley Dunstan
Billie Burke Mrs. Doris Dunstan
Russ Tamblyn Tommy Banks
Leo G. Carroll Mr. Massoula
Moroni Olsen Herbert Dunstan
Melville Cooper Mr. Triangle
Taylor Holmes Warner
Frank Orth Joe
Tom Irish Ben Banks
Marietta Canty Delilah
William Norton Bailey Actor
Oliver Blake Man
Aileen Carlyle Woman
Gene Coogan Barman
Lucille Curtis Actor
Boyd Davis Actor
Ella Ethridge Actor
Estelle Etterre Actor
Betty Farrington Guest
Edward Gargan Actor
William E. Green Sad-faced Man
William Haade Actor
Sherry Hall Bits
Brad Hatton Florist
Stuart Holmes Actor
Walter Kelly Actor
Anne Kunde Bits in Dream Sequence
Peggy Leon Actor
Mickey McCardle Actor
Philo McCullough Actor
Patricia Miller Wispy Girl
Roger Moore Actor
Lee Phelps Motor Cop
Dorothy Phillips Actor
Frank Richards Truck Driver
Fred Santley Actor
Harry Dean Stanton Actor
Wendy Waldron Bridesmaid
John Welsh Western Union Boy
Jeff York Policeman
Mary Jane Smith Effie
Don Anderson Actor
Erin Selwyn Actor
Mickey Golden Actor
Paul Harvey Rev. A.I. Galsworthy
Fay Baker Miss Bellamy
Lillian Bronson Schoolteacher
Joe Brown Moving Man
Frank Cady Timid Guest
Carleton Carpenter Usher
Chris Drake Usher
Jacqueline Duval Peg
Jim Hayward Moving Man
Thomas Brown Henry Stranger
Frank Hyers Duffy
Paul Maxey Heavy Set Man
Gil Perkins Moving Man
Ralph Peters Moving Man
William "Bill" Phillips Foreman of Movers
Dewey Robinson Moving Man
Douglas Spencer Organist
Peter Thompson Usher
Nancy Valentine Fliss
Willard Waterman Dixon
Dick Wessel Moving Man
Richard Alexander Moving Man

Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
John Alton Cinematographer
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Frances Goodrich Screenwriter
Albert Hackett Screenwriter
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Marvin Stuart Asst. Director
Leonid Vasian Art Director
Ferris Webster Editor
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Father of the Bride
1. Credits [1:14]
2. Suddenly Upon You [2:28]
3. Maybe She's in Love [3:33]
4. Who Is He? [4:04]
5. Not Good Enough [4:01]
6. Mark My Words [3:24]
7. Man-to-Man Talk [6:18]
8. The Dunstans [3:26]
9. Memories Over Martinis [2:44]
10. Drinks for Everyone [4:44]
11. Every Girl's Dream [4:02]
12. Her Trousseau [3:17]
13. How About Eloping? [5:11]
14. The Caterer [2:44]
15. Too Tight [5:49]
16. Gift Parade [2:34]
17. Honeymoon Problem [4:32]
18. Rat Race Rehearsal [5:21]
19. Nuptial Nightmare [1:51]
20. Nothing Ever Fazes Him [2:18]
21. Wedding Day Chaos [2:06]
22. Mother and Bride [2:38]
23. Down the Aisle [3:18]
24. Giving Kay up [3:56]
25. The Reception [2:38]
26. Goodbye [2:51]
27. All of Our Life [:58]
28. Cast List [:30]


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Father of the Bride 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always loved this film. For those who have only seen the Steve Martin version, you are missing out. Though the remake took many lines from the original this movies stands in a class of its own with a wonderful performance from Spencer Tracy and a memorable portrayal of the blushing bride by Elizabeth Taylor. A real heartwarming film.