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Father's Little Dividend (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 27 April 1951 (USA)
Shortly after coming to terms with his daughter's marriage, a father faces the prospect of becoming a grandfather.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Albert Hackett (screenplay), Frances Goodrich (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Stanley Banks
Joan Bennett ... Ellie Banks
Elizabeth Taylor ... Kay Dunstan
Don Taylor ... Buckley Dunstan
Billie Burke ... Doris Dunstan
Moroni Olsen ... Herbert Dunstan
Richard Rober ... Police Sergeant
Marietta Canty ... Delilah (Banks' Maid)
Russ Tamblyn ... Tommy Banks (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Tom Irish ... Ben Banks
Hayden Rorke ... Dr. Andrew Nordell
Paul Harvey ... Rev. Galsworthy
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Storyline

In this sequel to Father of the Bride (1950), Stanley Banks learns that his daughter Kay is going to have a baby. When they get the news everyone except Stanley is overjoyed. His wife and grandmother-to-be Ellie broadcasts it everywhere and all Stan can do is worry about the practical things like how his son-in-law Buckley can afford it. Well, having not long ago paid for the wedding, Stanley has no intention of bearing any of the expenses involved. Buckley's parents and Ellie are overjoyed at the news and virtually take over redecorating the young couple's new house. Crisis and false alarms take over their lives and when the child is born, the only person he doesn't seem to like is Stanley. A walk in the park - and absolute panic when Stanley misplaces his grandson - seems to resolve the situation. Written by garykmcd

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If you chuckled at "Father of the Bride", you'll laugh right out loud at his reception of the "little dividend"...if you laughed then, you'll roar now...and if you roared then - well, there's just a prediction what will happen. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Laugh Track: Father's Little Dividend See more »

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Budget:

$941,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The baby's nursery is decorated with characters from The Wizard of Oz (1939), in the MGM film version of which Billie Burke -- who plays "Doris Dunstan"-- played Glinda the Good Witch. See more »

Goofs

When Stanley and Ellie are doing the dishes, Stanley is drying saucers and stacking them to the left of the rinsing pan. In the next shot when Kay comes in, the stack of saucers has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Stanley Banks: Now look Ellie, I know how anxious you've been to get your hooks into that baby, but the answer is NO. I've been through all that you know, the two o'clock feedings, the colic and the measles & all the rest of it & I'm not going through all of it again, especially with somebody else's baby
Ellie Banks: [plaintively] It wouldn't be like that, Stanley, it'll be fun to have a baby
Stanley Banks: You can go over and see the baby at their apartment when they get it all washed & ironed, but it's not coming here and THAT'S FINAL!
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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charming family picture
23 October 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

A befuddled Spencer Tracy and a scatty Joan Bennett find out they are to become grandparents in this charming sequel to 'Father of the Bride'. Although the original film was better, this is a funny, warm, and worthy follow-up.

Elizabeth Taylor again appears as daughter Kay, looking beautiful and radiant. Husband Buckley (the slightly wooden Don Taylor) struggles to cope with his pregnant wife's mood swings, while the in-laws (Moroni Olsen as the pompous ex-Harvard father-in-law, Billie Burke as the twittery mother-in-law) almost come to blows before baby has even arrived.

The star performance in this film is, as ever, Tracy, as he comes to terms with his little girl growing away from him, with his life 'slipping away' with the arrival of the new baby, with his resentment of the rich in-laws. It's a winning performance, and his scenes with Bennett and with Taylor are pure gold.


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