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The Catered Affair Details

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Bette Davis goes the "kitchen sink drama" route in The Catered Affair. As the frowsy wife of Bronx cabdriver Ernest Borgnine, Davis insists that her daughter Debbie Reynolds have a high-class wedding--caterers and all. Reynolds and future hubby Rod Taylor want a simple ceremony, but Davis' mind is made up. The wedding snowballs into an unwieldy affair as Davis and Borgnine find that they must invite everyone they know or risk incurring the wrath of their neighborhood. When the cost of the affair exceeds the family's bank account, Davis rails at Borgnine for failing to be a good provider. It takes her till the very end of the film to realize what a fool she's been. Gore Vidal, of all people, adapted The Catered Affair from a TV drama written by Paddy Chayefsky; the original telecast had starred Thelma Ritter. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Debbie Reynolds Best Supporting Actress 1956 Winner

Cast

Bette Davis
as Aggie Hurley
Ernest Borgnine
as Tom Hurley
Debbie Reynolds
as Jane Hurley
Barry Fitzgerald
as Uncle Jack Conlon
Rod Taylor
as Ralph Halloran
Robert Simon
as Mr. Halloran
Madge Kennedy
as Mrs. Halloran
Dorothy Stickney
as Mrs. Rafferty
Joan Camden
as Alice
Ray Stricklyn
as Eddie Hurley
Jay Adler
as Sam Leiter
Augusta Merighi
as Mrs. Musso
Mae Clarke
as Saleswoman
Jack Kenny
Don Devlin
as Taxi driver

Crew

Richard Brooks
Director
Sam Zimbalist
Producer
Gore Vidal
Screenwriter
Paddy Chayefsky
Play Author
John Alton
Cinematographer
Andre Previn
Composer (Music Score)
Frank Santillo
Editor
Gene Ruggiero
Editor
Paul Groesse
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
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