Father of the Bride

TV Times - - Friday -

Film / 2.45pm / BBC2

di­rec­tor Vin­cente min­nelli’s clas­sic fam­ily com­edy may not be as sharp as it once seemed but, backed by a witty script and a choice cast, it still shim­mers. Spencer Tracy is Stan­ley Banks, the be­lea­guered dad of the ti­tle, at­tempt­ing to put on a wed­ding be­fit­ting his lit­tle princess, played by a radiant El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor, who was just 17 at the time. He wres­tles with money, while slowly be­com­ing aware of the emo­tional cost of giv­ing his daugh­ter away.

El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor and Spencer Tracy

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