Father of the Bride (1950)

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German title Father of the bride
Original title Father of the Bride
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1950
length 92 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Vincente Minnelli
script Frances Goodrich , Albert Hackett after Edward Streeter ( original )
production Pandro S. Berman
music Adolph German
camera John Alton
cut Ferris Webster

The Bride's Father is an American film from 1950. The comedy directed by Vincente Minnelli based on the novel of the same name by Edward Streeter (formerly The Bride's Father ) with Spencer Tracy in the title role is about a father who finds it difficult to release his adult daughter into marriage .


The lawyer Stanley Banks has just completed the grueling wedding of his daughter behind and remembers the last three months:

He lives with his wife Ellie and their three children, an adult daughter and two younger sons, in a small house on the outskirts of Los Angeles that has not yet been fully paid off. One day his daughter reveals to her parents that she intends to get married . Ellie is very impressed, but Stanley is amazed. He wonders who it could be and mentally goes through the series of young men his daughter has brought in recently and is certain that none of the candidates will suffer.

But things take their course without Stanley being able to do anything about it. As usual at weddings, the women take the reins in hand. He tries to play along as best he can. However, when it comes to cost, he has to step in. But even here he has no chance. For the wedding celebration , which is to take place in the parents' house, a wedding agency is commissioned, which promptly wants to convert half of the ground floor. Stanley tries to cut costs by reducing the number of guests, but to no avail. In addition, he wants to put on his old cut , which is far too small for him. Anyone but Stanley can tell. Finally he complies and a new cut is made. But Stanley feels overwhelmed. At night he has nightmares about the wedding ceremony, which in his mind only becomes a disgrace because of his inability.

When his daughter wants to cancel the wedding because her fiancé Buckley gives her what she thinks is an impossible present, Stanley smells morning air. But instead of chasing away the hated future son-in-law, he mediates between the two.

Ultimately, everything went as planned, the wedding was wonderful, the reception that followed was a success, but with a downer. Stanley doesn't manage to dance with his daughter or at least kiss her goodbye all evening when the couple embark on their honeymoon. This leaves him with only one last phone call with his daughter, who calls him from the train station. In the end, Stanley and Ellie are exhausted but happy in a chaotic living room.


  • Jack Benny initially tried to win the title role, but the producers preferred Spencer Tracy to him.
  • Filming for the film took place in January 1950.
  • Part of the reason the movie's immense success was the fact that Elizabeth Taylor actually got married two days before the movie's premiere .
  • The Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí was responsible for creating the dream sequence that Stanley Banks shows in the church .
  • The rental rents for the film were $ 4 million. In total, he made $ 8.8 million.
  • In 1951, a sequel was filmed under the title A Gift from Heaven , in which Stanley Banks has to cope with his role as a grandfather. The film was again directed by Vincente Minnelli and produced by Pandro S. Berman, and the same actors played again.
  • In 1961, US television ran a 30-part television series entitled Father of the Bride , in which other actors played the roles.
  • A remake was released in 1991 with Steve Martin , Diane Keaton and Kimberly Williams in the lead roles, see Father of the Bride (1991) .



"Humorous, high-spirited comedy, brilliantly played by the main cast."

"The playful inclusion of church ceremonies reduces the entertainment value of this otherwise humorous comedy."

- 6000 films

"The ambiguous, comedic wedding piece with a glamorous role for Tracy provides ironic insights into American family life in the 1940s."

- Lexicon "Films on TV"

"A cheerful and cozy comedy about a father whose consent to marry his daughter can only be wrested step by step."

watch TV

The German first broadcast on television took place on December 25, 1969 on ZDF .

DVD release

  • The father of the bride . Warner Home Video 2006


  • Edward Streeter : Father of the Bride. Roman (original title: Father of the Bride ). German by Hans Grave. Ullstein, Frankfurt am Main / Berlin 1994, ISBN 3-548-23365-1 , 157 pp.

Web links

Individual evidence

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  2. Trivia. Internet Movie Database , accessed May 22, 2015 .
  3. Father of the Bride. Internet Movie Database, accessed June 10, 2015 .
  4. Father of the Bride. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  5. 6000 films. Critical notes from the cinema years 1945–1958 (= Handbook of Catholic Film Critics. Vol. 5). 3. Edition. Verlag Haus Altenberg, Düsseldorf 1963, p. 456.
  6. ^ Adolf Heinzlmeier , Berndt Schulz : Lexicon "Films on TV". 8500 feature films TV video cable. 2. Extended edition. Rasch and Röhring, Hamburg 1990, ISBN 3-89136-392-3 , p. 869. (Rating: 3 stars = very good)
  7. Critique No. 138/1951