Father of the Bride is a 1950 American comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli, about a man trying to cope with preparations for his daughter’s upcoming wedding. The film stars Spencer Tracy in the titular role, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Don Taylor, Billie Burke, and Leo G. Carroll.
It was adapted by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett from the 1949 novel by Edward Streeter. Father of the Bride was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay.
Reviews from critics were generally positive. Bosley Crowther of The New York Times called the film “equally wonderful” when compared to the book, with “all the warmth and poignancy and understanding that makes the Streeter treatise much beloved.”
The film was one of the top-grossing films of the year, earning $4,036,000 in the US and Canada and $2,048,000 overseas, making MGM a profit of $2,936,000. It did so well that MGM registered the title Now I’m a Grandfather and negotiated rights for a sequel with Streeter.
These beautiful photos captured portrait of a 18-year-old Elizabeth Taylor during the filming of Father of the Bride in 1950.