One of my favorite films ever.
THE CATERED AFFAIR (1956)
B&W | 1h 34min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
DIRECTOR: Richard Brooks
WRITERS: Gore Vidal (screenplay), Paddy Chayefsky (play)
MUSIC: Andre Previn
CAST: Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Debbie Reynolds, Barry Fitzgerald, Rod Taylor
Bronx NYC mid-1950s.
Jane (Reynolds), the only daughter of the working-class Irish Hurleys--Tom (Borgnine) and Aggie (Davis)-- decides to marry her middle-class boyfriend Ralph (Taylor) within 5 days. They would prefer to elope, much to the pleasure of her taxi driver father who has been planning to spend his life's savings to buy his own cab. But, before long, neighborhood gossip about a possible pregnancy and social pressures to impress the well-to-do future in-laws cause Mrs Hurley to snow-bal the plans into an expensive, fully-catered affair for 200 guests. This leads to much anxiety for Jane, dashed hopes for Tom and conflict between the betrothed couple themselves.