Classic Film Series

FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950)

Classic Film Series
One Show Only!
FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950)
Saturday, August 9
Saturday: 10:30am
Not Rated / 92 minutes
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Bennett

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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Doors open at 10am - Admission is $5.00 Harry Hamm of KMOX Radio will introduce the film
Spencer Tracy Plays 'Father of the Bride' in New Film at Radio City Music Hall
To the best of our knowledge, nobody has yet set out to compile a dependable set of statistics which would show whether marriages in this land have been to any extent discouraged by Edward Streeter's "Father of the Bride." That is a job of social research which has apparently been overlooked by the scholarship-granting foundations—and it's probably just as well. For the likelihood is that such statistics would only prove that this wonderful book has merely terrified a few vulnerable parents and caused 5,000,000 other folks to split their sides. Such, we feel sure, will be the consequence—and the only consequence—of the equally wonderful film which M.-G.-M. has now fashioned from Mr. Streeter's delightful book. For the film, while it packs all the satire of our modern tribal matrimonial rite that was richly contained in the original, also possesses all the warmth and poignancy and understanding that makes the Streeter treatise much beloved. Yes, "Father of the Bride" is a honey of a picture of American family life. It shouldn't discourage matrimony but—well, this reviewer is certainly happy to have all sons. By BOSLEY CROWTHER / New York Times - Published: May 19, 1950