Father Of The Bride (1950)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1950, .  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, .  Costume Design by , Helen Rose.  Film Editing by .  

Spencer Tracy is the put-upon father whose life is turned upside down when his magnificently beautiful daughter (Elizabeth Taylor) announces that she is getting married. He is immediately thrust into a whirlwind of wedding preparations, mounting bills and one emotional crisis after another. Vincente Minnelli allows the film to have a picture-perfect view of American upper-class life without ever letting it get too cloying, emphasizing instead the quirkiness of his main characters and making them seem much more real than they would be in an Andy Hardy movie. Taylor is at the absolute peak of her loveliness, and Tracy couldn’t be more endearing (their scenes together are especially wonderful).

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Picture; Best Actor (Spencer Tracy); Best Screenplay


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