The Bachelor Party

  • 1957
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Chayefsky is one of the rare screenwriters whose names people know. His work is widely celebrated because he explores the mundane and the banal and shows us ourselves. This film depicts a group of bookkeepers in New York who toss the title party for a pal, and the booze gives vent to some of their deeper feelings. The running time is only 92 minutes, providing...read more

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Chayefsky is one of the rare screenwriters whose names people know. His work is widely celebrated because he explores the mundane and the banal and shows us ourselves. This film depicts a group of bookkeepers in New York who toss the title party for a pal, and the booze gives vent to some

of their deeper feelings. The running time is only 92 minutes, providing a demonstration of what good writing and direction can do in a tight time frame. Warden is the office bachelor who plans the party for nervous groom Abbott. Marshall is excellent as the aging bookkeeper who tries hard to put

on a happy face but winds up in a crying jag that is painful to watch because it is so real. In an Oscar-nominated role, Jones is an existentialist from Greenwich Village who becomes involved briefly with Don Murray, who top-lines as a reluctant participant. It's a little picture about little

people, and it hits the mark on almost every level. Mann's direction is a bit static, and Murphy's editing could have been crisper in the final 40 minutes. This was an attempt to follow the success of MARTY (same screenwriter, same director, same producers). It works up to a point, but the

spreading of focus from two characters (Borgnine and Blair) to eight has a tendency to diffuse the emotional impact.

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