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Father Of The Bride [VHS]

Spencer Tracy , Joan Bennett , Vincente Minnelli    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Don Taylor, Billie Burke
  • Directors: Vincente Minnelli
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, Mono, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 19 Feb 2001
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CM13
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,023 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Spencer Tracy plays Stanley T. Banks, a middle-class, middle-aged lawyer whose life is thrown into turmoil when his daughter Kay (Elizabeth Taylor) announces that she is to marry. His wife Ellie (Joan Bennett) wants give Kay the wedding they never had - very expensive - and Stanley realises that he not only has to pay for it but that he is losing the daughter he dotes on, and undergoing a mid-life crisis. Vincent Minnelli directs, and the film was remaded in the 90's with Steve Martin.

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Classic comedy from 1950 starring Spencer Tracy (Northwest Passage; Bad Day at Black Rock; Guess Who's Coming to Dinner) as the alternately proud and frantic father of soon-to-be bride (Elizabeth Taylor - Giant; Cleopatra; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf). As head of the household he has to deal with the emotional pain of her getting married whilst coping with the financial and organizational pain of arranging her wedding!. Co-starring Joan Bennett (Little Women; Man Hunt; Suspiria) and actor-turned director Don Taylor. * Trivia note; This was more recently remade with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton in the leads.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A safe, feel-good family dramedy. 30 Jan 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
This classic 1950s family values comedy benefits from the charming performance of Spencer Tracy as the beleagured father. Elizabeth Taylor is at the bloom of youthful, unearthly beauty, and though her performance is light and 'stagey', her character is none the worse for it. While the movie is dated, it is still a must-see in its 'Life with Father' genre. Watched back-to-back with its later remake (by Steve Martin) provides an interesting contrast in times, values, and styles, and how the essential feelings, raised by a father's perceived loss of his little girl, stay the same.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Elizabeth Taylor is the most beautiful bride in the history of the movies and Spencer Tracy is the suffering "Father of the Bride" in this 1950 film directed by Vincent Minnelli. Stanley Banks (Tracy) finds his peaceful life is tossed upside down when his daughter Kay (Taylor) announces she is going to marry Buckley Dunstan (Don Taylor). In the aftermath of the wedding, Stanley recounts in great detail the many problems a father has to contend with during the preparations for the wedding. But all the headaches are made worthwhile when he opens the door and see Kay in her wedding dress for the first time in a superbly beautiful shot of the radiant young bridge. This is one of those shots that makes you forget the film is not in color. Joan Bennett is first rate as Ellie, the woman caught between her husband and daughter, while Moroni Olson and Billie Burke play Buckley's parents and Leo G. Carroll gets the choice role of Mr. Massoula, the wedding planner. Tracy became very much the father figure for Taylor after this role, which certainly shows in their on-screen chemistry, and she always called him "Pops" until the day he died. The film was based on the novel by Edward Streeter and was quickly followed by a sequel, "Father's Little Dividend." The recent remake with Steve Martin was totally unnecessary, but you have to admire anybody who would take on a role for which Spencer Tracy was nominated for an Oscar. Remind me to watch this film when my daughters start planning their weddings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic films are the best! 23 May 2012
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I have been searching for this version of Father of the Bride for ages - can't stand the Steve Martin version; too slapstick for my taste! So glad to find a site that can provide me with films that other providers don't seem to be able to reach. Shall be looking for other films I long to see again - on a par with out-of-print books. Good film, great service. Long may it continue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brillant 20 May 2011
If you have only seen the Steve Martin film, please watch this, Liz Taylor looked so lovely and Spencer Tracey was the master of the look.This film is the best.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed 3 Jan 2014
By Breige
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DVD just arrived today - subtitled in chinese and quality is very poor - full of gliches - I am very disappointed with the quality overall. I would check out your purchase carefully before using this site again :(
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