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Father's Little Dividend (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 27 April 1951 (USA)
Shortly after coming to terms with his daughter's marriage, a father faces the prospect of becoming a grandfather.

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Vincente Minnelli

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Albert Hackett (screenplay), Frances Goodrich (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Stanley Banks
Joan Bennett ... Ellie Banks
Elizabeth Taylor ... Kay Dunstan
Don Taylor ... Buckley Dunstan
Billie Burke ... Doris Dunstan
Moroni Olsen ... Herbert Dunstan
Richard Rober ... Police Sergeant
Marietta Canty ... Delilah (Banks' Maid)
Russ Tamblyn ... Tommy Banks (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Tom Irish ... Ben Banks
Hayden Rorke ... Dr. Andrew Nordell
Paul Harvey ... Rev. Galsworthy
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Storyline

In this sequel to Father of the Bride (1950), Stanley Banks learns that his daughter Kay is going to have a baby. When they get the news everyone except Stanley is overjoyed. His wife and grandmother-to-be Ellie broadcasts it everywhere and all Stan can do is worry about the practical things like how his son-in-law Buckley can afford it. Well, having not long ago paid for the wedding, Stanley has no intention of bearing any of the expenses involved. Buckley's parents and Ellie are overjoyed at the news and virtually take over redecorating the young couple's new house. Crisis and false alarms take over their lives and when the child is born, the only person he doesn't seem to like is Stanley. A walk in the park - and absolute panic when Stanley misplaces his grandson - seems to resolve the situation. Written by garykmcd

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If you chuckled at "Father of the Bride", you'll laugh right out loud at his reception of the "little dividend"...if you laughed then, you'll roar now...and if you roared then - well, there's just a prediction what will happen. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Laugh Track: Father's Little Dividend See more »

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Budget:

$941,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film was shot in 22 days. See more »

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During the drive to the hospital, Stanley and Ellie cross a railroad track just before the arrival of a train. Immediately afterward, we can see the traffic behind the car, and the stream of cars is undisrupted, with no sign of the train. See more »

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Stanley Banks: [to Ellie] You're more excited about this baby than you were any of ours.
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Solid Sequel With Some Good Moments
5 January 2006 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This solid sequel to "Father of the Bride" has some good moments, and with the same cast on hand plus a similar story line, it feels very much like a direct continuation of the original. "Father's Little Dividend" is a cut below its predecessor, but it works all right in itself.

Spencer Tracy once again plays the rather hapless Stanley Banks, and again he shows how good he could be in a rather thankless role. It's almost unfortunate that he seems so natural as a flustered or put-upon husband or father, since he often played such roles although he could do so many other things as well or better. But as far as this pair of movies went, he was certainly a fine choice, since he makes the character believable and sympathetic.

Tracy's character is the focal point for the common kinds of changes and adjustments that families must make as the younger generation grows up. Although his reactions are often exaggerated, in general it is fairly easy to understand Stanley's constant feeling of apprehension about any and all changes.

As with the first movie, Elizabeth Taylor works very well as Kay, giving her an appealing presence and a simple believability.

The pace and the material of this one are not as consistent as they were in the first movie, and some of the comedy ideas come across rather awkwardly. But at other times the characters and cast make things work quite well, and in fact the simplest moments are some of the best ones in the movie.


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