Father Of The Bride
Spencer Tracy ■ Joan Bennett ■ Elizabeth Taylor
Academy Award winners Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor star in this classic comedy about a devoted father's survival--from the time his daughter announces her engagement until the last guest departs from the wedding and reception--as The Father of the Bride. Attorney Stanley T. Banks (Spencer Tracy) finds himself unprepared when his daughter, Kay (Elizabeth Taylor), announces her engagement to Buckley Dunstan (Don Taylor), while wife Ellie (Joan Bennett) and son Tommy (Russ Tamblyn) burst with enthusiasm for Kay's wedding. But for Stanley, gaining a "son" offers no consolation for the loss of his baby girl, who's all grown up now with a life of her own.
So, I've not gotten married myself, and I've only been to one wedding, but I've enjoyed this movie since I first saw it a few years ago as a teenager. It isn't majorly exciting, it isn't dramatic, it's just the story of everyday people and one of the craziest rituals humans have come up with; a traditional wedding.
You can't help laugh at the antics and sympathize with the various characters. From the in-laws meeting for the first time to the engagement party to shock over cake prices to squabbles between the bride and groom over the honeymoon location. It's all great fun, and probably a little too truthful.
Fans of classic movies will definitely enjoy the performances of Spencer Tracy and a lovely young Elizabeth Taylor. And quick-eyed viewers might just recognize Doris Dunstan as Glinda from The Wizard Of Oz.
Father Of The Bride is simply a great old classic film.
1 hour 32 minutes
Spencer Tracy ... Stanley T. Banks
Joan Bennett ... Ellie Banks
Elizabeth Taylor ... Kay Banks
Don Taylor ... Buckley Dunstan
Billie Burke ... Doris Dunstan
Leo G. Carroll ... Mr. Massoula
Moroni Olsen ... Herbert Dunstan
All Saints' Episcopal Church - 504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, California
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Culver City, CA
Stanley T. Banks: You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks up to you. You're her oracle. You're her hero. And then the day comes when she gets her first permanent wave and goes to her first real party, and from that day on, you're in a constant state of panic.
Ellie Banks: 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.
Stanley T. Banks: Who giveth this woman? "This woman." But she's not a woman. She's still a child. And she's leaving us. What's it going to be like to come home and not find her? Not to hear her voice calling "Hi, Pops" as I come in? I suddenly realized what I was doing. I was giving up Kay. Something inside me began to hurt.