Father of the Bride (1950)

92-93 mins | Comedy | 16 June 1950

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Producer:

Pandro S. Berman

Cinematographer:

John Alton

Editor:

Ferris Webster

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Leonid Vasian

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Corp.
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HISTORY

A Nov 1948 HR news item notes that M-G-M purchased the film rights to Edward Streeter's novel for $100,000 plus "other considerations," and that the sum was the highest price paid by the studio for a story property in that year. A Jan 1950 DV news item noted that Jack Benny was tested for the part played by Spencer Tracy. Tracy and Joan Bennett had earlier appeared together in the 1932 Fox Film Corp. picture Me and My Gal (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1930-41 ; F3.2790). Some of the film's story is told in voice-over narration by Tracy's character. The film's release coincided with the wedding of Elizabeth Taylor to Nicky Hilton, son of millionaire hotelier Conrad Hilton, an event that M-G-M exploited in its publicity campaign for the picture. Helen Rose, who designed Taylor's gown for the film, also designed the gown for her wedding to Nicky Hilton.
       Father of the Bride was one of the top grossing films of 1950, and received the following Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Spencer Tracy). In 1951, M-G-M released a sequel to the film, entitled Father's Little Dividend , in which Tracy, Taylor, Don Taylor, Billie Burke and Joan Bennett reprised their roles. Vincente Minnelli also directed the sequel. A 1991 remake of Father of the Bride was directed by Charles Shyer and starred Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. Father of the Bride was also produced as a short-lived television series from 1961 to 1962, featuring Ruth Warwick, Myrna Fahey and Leon Ames (in Tracy's role). ... More Less

A Nov 1948 HR news item notes that M-G-M purchased the film rights to Edward Streeter's novel for $100,000 plus "other considerations," and that the sum was the highest price paid by the studio for a story property in that year. A Jan 1950 DV news item noted that Jack Benny was tested for the part played by Spencer Tracy. Tracy and Joan Bennett had earlier appeared together in the 1932 Fox Film Corp. picture Me and My Gal (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1930-41 ; F3.2790). Some of the film's story is told in voice-over narration by Tracy's character. The film's release coincided with the wedding of Elizabeth Taylor to Nicky Hilton, son of millionaire hotelier Conrad Hilton, an event that M-G-M exploited in its publicity campaign for the picture. Helen Rose, who designed Taylor's gown for the film, also designed the gown for her wedding to Nicky Hilton.
       Father of the Bride was one of the top grossing films of 1950, and received the following Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Spencer Tracy). In 1951, M-G-M released a sequel to the film, entitled Father's Little Dividend , in which Tracy, Taylor, Don Taylor, Billie Burke and Joan Bennett reprised their roles. Vincente Minnelli also directed the sequel. A 1991 remake of Father of the Bride was directed by Charles Shyer and starred Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. Father of the Bride was also produced as a short-lived television series from 1961 to 1962, featuring Ruth Warwick, Myrna Fahey and Leon Ames (in Tracy's role). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
13 May 1950.
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Daily Variety
4 Jan 50
p. 4.
Daily Variety
16 Jan 50
p. 2.
Daily Variety
10 May 50
p. 3, 6
Film Daily
10 May 50
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Nov 48
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 50
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Feb 50
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
10 May 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
13 May 50
p. 293.
New York Times
19 May 50
p. 31.
Variety
10 May 50
p. 6.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Rusty Tamblyn
Walter Kelly
Estelle Ettere
Thomas Brown Henry
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Women's cost
Men's cost
MUSIC
MAKEUP
Hair styles des by
Makeup created by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Father of the Bride by Edward Streeter (New York, 1949).
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 June 1950
Production Date:
16 January--late February 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
9 May 1950
Copyright Number:
LP134
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
92-93
Length(in feet):
8,320
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
14439
SYNOPSIS

Following the wedding of his daughter Kay, Stanley T. Banks, a suburban lawyer, recalls the day, three months earlier, when he first learned of Kay's engagement to Buckley Dunstan: At the family dinner table, Kay's casual announcement that she is in love with Buckley and has accepted his proposal makes Stanley feel uneasy, but he soon comes to realize that his daughter has grown up and the wedding is inevitable. While Ellie, Kay's mother, immediately begins making preparations for the wedding, Stanley lies awake at night, fearing the worst for his daughter. Stanley's misgivings about the marriage eventually make Ellie anxious, and she insists that Kay introduce them to Buckley's parents. Kay calls the tradition "old-fashioned rigamarole," but arranges the meeting nevertheless. Before the introduction, Stanley has a private conversation with Buckley, and is pleased to learn that the young man is the head of a small company and that he is capable of providing a comfortable life for Kay. The Bankses' first meeting with Doris and Herbert, Buckley's parents, gets off to an awkward start, and goes from bad to worse when Stanley drinks too much and falls asleep in the wealthy Dunstans' living room. Following Kay and Buckley's engagement party, Stanley, who misses the entire party because he is in the kitchen mixing drinks, realizes that his plans for a small wedding have been swept aside and he will be expected to pay for an extravagant wedding "with all the trimmings." As costs for the June event spiral out of control, Stanley calculates that he can afford to accommodate no more than one hundred and fifty guests. The task of paring down the ... +


Following the wedding of his daughter Kay, Stanley T. Banks, a suburban lawyer, recalls the day, three months earlier, when he first learned of Kay's engagement to Buckley Dunstan: At the family dinner table, Kay's casual announcement that she is in love with Buckley and has accepted his proposal makes Stanley feel uneasy, but he soon comes to realize that his daughter has grown up and the wedding is inevitable. While Ellie, Kay's mother, immediately begins making preparations for the wedding, Stanley lies awake at night, fearing the worst for his daughter. Stanley's misgivings about the marriage eventually make Ellie anxious, and she insists that Kay introduce them to Buckley's parents. Kay calls the tradition "old-fashioned rigamarole," but arranges the meeting nevertheless. Before the introduction, Stanley has a private conversation with Buckley, and is pleased to learn that the young man is the head of a small company and that he is capable of providing a comfortable life for Kay. The Bankses' first meeting with Doris and Herbert, Buckley's parents, gets off to an awkward start, and goes from bad to worse when Stanley drinks too much and falls asleep in the wealthy Dunstans' living room. Following Kay and Buckley's engagement party, Stanley, who misses the entire party because he is in the kitchen mixing drinks, realizes that his plans for a small wedding have been swept aside and he will be expected to pay for an extravagant wedding "with all the trimmings." As costs for the June event spiral out of control, Stanley calculates that he can afford to accommodate no more than one hundred and fifty guests. The task of paring down the guest list proves too difficult, however, and Stanley reluctantly consents to a 250-person reception. The plans for a lavish wedding continue until the day that Buckley tells Kay that he wants to take her on a fishing trip in Nova Scotia for their honeymoon. Kay reacts to the announcement with shock and calls off the wedding, but she and Buckley soon reconcile, and the two families begin their wedding rehearsals. On the day of the wedding, chaos reigns at the Banks home as final preparations are made for the reception. The wedding ceremony brings both joy and sorrow to Stanley, as he realizes that his daughter is now a woman and no longer his child. The following day, Ellie and Stanley survey the mess in their home and concur that the entire affair was a great success. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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