Released Date: June 16, 1950
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Actors: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Don Taylor, Billie Burke, Leo G. Carroll, Moroni Olsen, Melville Cooper, and Taylor Holmes
I watched this movie for the first time tonight. And I fell in love. To be honest, I'm rather mad at myself for not seeing it before today. This was a laugh out loud comedy that I adored. I wish the movie lasted a little bit longer. It was cute, funny, sweet and exciting. Weddings are a lot of fun, to prepare... Maybe not as much. But the preparation work for such a quick day is amazing. And sometimes, you never even get to kiss the bride.
Stanley Banks (Spencer Tracy) is happily married. He has a beautiful wife, Ellie Banks (Joan Bennett) and three wonderful kids. He is going through, in his mind, the wonders of having three different children. And how the younger boy has different activities then the older boy, and how his oldest son is in college. And then we come across 'Kay' Banks (Elizabeth Taylor), she's happy and he noticed. During dinner Kay is quiet, she's obvisiouly day dreaming, far far away. Mr. Banks take note of this and says she seems happier, and that maybe it is the vitamins her doctor sent. While Mrs. Banks is pretty sure its a man. And That's IT!!! She's in love. And loves being in love. Mr. Banks is not so happy about these turns of events. And who can this wonderful man be? Is it the guy with the big teeth? Or how about the idiot who doesn't even know how to fix a radio? But as we all know, nobody is good enough for any mans daughter. It's a wonder men have daughters at all. The man is Buckley Dunstan (Don Taylor). He's smart and seems to have it together. But how is poor old pops doing? He is nervous, excited, sad, scared, ect. Everything a man is before his daughters wedding day. After all, a son is with you until he gets a wife, and a daughter is yours for the rest of your life.
This is a great film, and one I recommend to everyone. To daughters, sons, fathers, mothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. A must see movie, and one you will not regret. It's a fast one hour and thirty minute comedy, that will have you in tears by the end. :) Oh and you can't go wrong with beautiful purple eyed Liz Taylor or the cute and funny Spencer Tracy. Now I see why Katharine Hepburn fell in love with him. He had me in stitches and in tears. I also enjoyed seeing some of my other favorites, Billie Burke from The Man Who Came To Dinner and also The Wizard of Oz. And Leo G. Carroll who was made famous from Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest, Strangers on a Train, Rebecca, Suspicion and Spellbound.