Father of the Bride (1950)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English
Reviewed at The

An American comedy film with fantasy sequences directed by Vincente Minnelli.

Plot Summary

Stanley Banks' quiet, well ordered life is turned upside-down and inside-out by his daughter Kay's wedding. Things go from bad to worse as Banks wanders bemused through an ever changing landscape of utter chaos. It all begins easily enough, but soon there's the nightmare of meeting the boy's family, the party announcing the engagement (“this is done after everyone already knows all about it”), the wedding day itself…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Copyright MCML [1950] in U.S.A. by Loew's Incorporated
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [logo]. Produced by Loew's Incorporated. Made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Produced by: Pandro S. Berman
Screen Play by: Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Based on the Novel by: Edward Streeter
Director of Photography: John Alton
Film Editor: Ferris Webster
Music by: Adolph Deutsch
Recording Supervisor: Douglas Shearer
Western Electric Sound System
Women's Costumes by: Helen Rose
Men's Costumes by: Walter Plunkett
Make-Up Created by: Jack Dawn
Hair Styles Designed by: Sydney Guilaroff
Art Directors: Cedric Gibbons, Leonid Vasian
Dream Sequence Designer: Salvador Dalí *
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis
Associate: Keogh Gleason
Made in Hollywood, U.S.A. [All Saints' Episcopal Church, Beverly Hills, California]

Spencer Tracy (Stanley T. Banks)
Joan Bennett (Ellie Banks)
Elizabeth Taylor (Kay Banks)
Don Taylor (Buckley Dunston)
Billie Burke (Doris Dunstone)
Leo G. Carroll (Mr Massoula)
Moroni Olsen (Herbert Dunstan)
Melville Cooper (Mr Tringle)
Taylor Holmes (Warner)
Paul Harvey (Reverend [A.I.] Galsworthy)
Frank Orth (Joe)
Rusty Tamblyn [real name: Russ Tamblyn] (Tommy Banks)
Tom Irish (Ben Banks)
Marietta Canty (Delilah)

Alternative Titles

Avi Ha-Kala – Israel title
Brudens fader – Sweden
Brudens far – Denmark
Örömapa – Hungary
El padre de la novia – Argentina, Spain
Il padre della sposa – Italy
O Pai da Noiva – Brazil, Portugal
O Papai da Noiva – Brazil
Le père de la mariée – Belgium (French), Canada (French), French
Der Vater der Braut
– Austria, West Germany

Father of the Bride (1991)

Extracts included in
The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993)
AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies (2000)
Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001)
Happy Birthday Elizabeth: A Celebration of Life (1997)
The Happy Ending (1969)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
The Men Who Made the Movies: Vincente Minnelli (1973)
That's Entertainment! III (1994)



  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.135 – credits