Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride

DVD - 1950
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When beautiful Kay Banks (Elizabeth Taylor) announces her engagement to Buckley Dunstan (Don Taylor), her doting middle-class father, Stan (Spencer Tracy), must contend with a variety of problems, ranging from money issues to wedding planning difficulties. As things get hectic, Stan's wife, Ellie (Joan Bennett), tries to be the calm in the center of the storm. At the heart of the comedy, though, is Stan's emotional tie to his little girl, and his realization that she has indeed grown up.
Publisher: M-G-M, 1950.
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION FAT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., b&w. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Tracy, Spencer 1900-1967.

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Derringer
Aug 21, 2019

1950's "Father of the Bride" is yet another Hollywood "misfire" production from yesteryear that (I'd say) time has definitely not been at all kind to.

With the rate of divorce being so high in this day and age - It's pretty difficult for any reasonable-thinking viewer to feel at all sentimental about the silly and, obviously, outdated ritual of marriage.

With this picture clearly praising marriage and pushing sentimentality to the max - The only way for anyone to appreciate it at all is for them to watch it through the heavy haze of rose-colored glasses.

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messala2
Sep 14, 2018

Hey, Bang-on! Try dropping acid and watching it. The perspective is from Stanley Bank's
( Spencer Tracy's ) point of view. And like The Long, Long Trailer, another Minnelli film you'll enjoy after the acid therapy, is a commentary on American acquisitiveness and ( not like it's important in the MeToo era ) has a male utterly adrift and clueless in a totally female dominated environment.

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ManMachine
Jul 28, 2018

And, as the saying goes - "Marriage - It's the only sure-fire way to wreck a romance."

IMO - "Father Of The Bride" (FOTB, for short) was an absolutely irksome adulteration of the purest sentimental slop, 1950's style.

After watching this truly nauseating piece of nostalgic junk - I can't imagine why anyone (in their right mind) would ever want to go through that sickening ritual known as the "marriage ceremony".

'Cause - Believe me - This ordeal is such a preposterous tradition, totally sanctioned by the church.

"FOTB" starred an 18-year-old Elizabeth Taylor (who was obviously being pushed into adult roles).

Anyway - You're sure to be utterly shocked when you see the repulsive, zero-charisma sap who Taylor's naive character, Kay Banks, so desperately wants to marry...... Yeeeuck!!

EuSei Apr 07, 2016

Lovely, old-fashioned movie. The kind you can watch with the whole family. Although Tracy is not as good a comedian as Steve Martin, the original is much better than the remake. Highly recommend it.

Vincent T Lombardo Feb 21, 2016

An old but timeless film, always relevant, especially today with the rise of the bridezillas. Very funny and touching. A great script and wonderful cast, particularly Spencer Tracy.

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madishoemake
Apr 02, 2011

Okay movie-not the best-not the worst. Elizabeth Taylor is beautiful. Spencer Tracy is a good comedian.
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