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Father of the Bride Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Spencer Tracy received an Oscar nomination for his performance in this classic comedy. 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. Director Vincente Minnelli reunited with the principal cast a year later for a sequel, Vincente Minnelli; and the movie was remade in 1991 with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Spencer Tracy Best Actor 1950 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Albert Hackett Best Screenplay 1950 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frances Goodrich Best Screenplay 1950 Nominee

Cast

Spencer Tracy
as Stanley T. Banks
Elizabeth Taylor
as Kay Banks
Joan Bennett
as Ellie Banks
Don Taylor
as Buckley Dunstan
Billie Burke
as Mrs. Doris Dunstan
Russ Tamblyn
as Tommy Banks
Leo G. Carroll
as Mr. Massoula
Moroni Olsen
as Herbert Dunstan
Melville Cooper
as Mr. Triangle
Taylor Holmes
as Warner
Frank Orth
as Joe
Tom Irish
as Ben Banks
Marietta Canty
as Delilah
Oliver Blake
as Man
Aileen Carlyle
as Woman
Gene Coogan
as Barman
Lucille Curtis
Boyd Davis
Ella Ethridge
Estelle Etterre
Betty Farrington
as Guest
Edward Gargan
William Haade
Sherry Hall
as Bits
Stuart Holmes
Anne Kunde
as Bits in Dream Sequence
Peggy Leon
Mickey McCardle
Philo McCullough
Lee Phelps
as Motor Cop
Harry Dean Stanton
John Welsh
as Western Union Boy
Jeff York
as Policeman
Mickey Golden
Paul Harvey
as Rev. A.I. Galsworthy
Fay Baker
as Miss Bellamy
Lillian Bronson
as Schoolteacher
Frank Cady
as Timid Guest
Carleton Carpenter
as Usher
Jacqueline Duval
as Peg
Jim Hayward
as Moving Man
Paul Maxey
as Heavy Set Man
Gil Perkins
as Moving Man
Ralph Peters
as Moving Man
William "Bill" Phillips
as Foreman of Movers
Dewey Robinson
as Moving Man
Douglas Spencer
as Organist
Nancy Valentine
as Fliss
Dick Wessel
as Moving Man
Richard Alexander
as Moving Man
Paul Harvey
as Rev. A.I. Galsworthy
John Welsh
as Western Union Boy
Carleton Carpenter
as Usher
Dick Wessel
as Moving Man
Dewey Robinson
as Moving Man
William "Bill" Phillips
as Foreman of Movers
Douglas Spencer
as Organist
Fay Baker
as Miss Bellamy
Nancy Valentine
as Fliss
Lillian Bronson
as Schoolteacher
Anne Kunde
as Bits in Dream Sequence
Jim Hayward
as Moving Man
Lee Phelps
as Motor Cop
Jacqueline Duval
as Peg
Jeff York
as Policeman
Ralph Peters
as Moving Man
Paul Maxey
as Heavy Set Man
Oliver Blake
as Man
Sherry Hall
as Bits
Aileen Carlyle
as Woman
Betty Farrington
as Guest
Gil Perkins
as Moving Man
Frank Cady
as Timid Guest
Gene Coogan
as Barman

Crew

Vincente Minnelli
Director
Pandro S. Berman
Producer
Edward Streeter
Book Author
Albert Hackett
Screenwriter
Frances Goodrich
Screenwriter
John Alton
Cinematographer
Adolph Deutsch
Composer (Music Score)
Ferris Webster
Editor
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Keogh Gleason
Set Designer
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Helen Rose
Costume Designer
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer
Marvin Stuart
First Assistant Director
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