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Proud father Stanley Banks remembers the day his daughter, Kay, got married. Starting when she announces her engagement through to the wedding itself, we learn of all the surprises and disasters along the way.Written by
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At the party to announce the engagement, Stanley is fixing drinks, and opens two Cokes which spray all over him. In the next shot, the bottle opener has disappeared from the kitchen cabinet, and a bottle of Brandy appears in his hand, which he must put down to wait on the next person. See more »
Oh, Stanley. I don't know how to explain. A wedding. A church wedding. Well it's, it's what every girl dreams of. A bridal dress, the orange blossoms, the music. It's something lovely to remember all the rest of her life. And something for us to remember too.
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"Father of the Bride" is Spencer Tracy's picture. His performance as the overwhelmed father of the bride is outstanding.
The plot is simple. Stanley Banks'(Tracy) daughter Kay (the beautiful teen-aged Elizabeth Taylor) announces her impending marriage to Buckley Dunstan (Don Taylor). Mother (Joan Bennett) gets into the act and before you know it the bills are mounting and father is going greyer by the minute. There is the usual pre-marriage argument between the two lovers, the ever increasing guest list, a frantic rehearsal and finally the big day itself with father trying to maintain his sanity throughout.
The supporting cast is excellent. Leo G. Carroll is good as the befuddled caterer, Melville Cooper does a funny bit as the church deacon and the still beautiful Billie Burke along with Moroni Olsen appear as the parents of the Groom.
"Father of the Bride" under the able direction of Vincente Minnelli, is the kind of family comedy that we rarely see anymore.
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