The Catered Affair

  • 1956
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This eminently watchable misfire divides amateur and professional critics alike. The adaptation by Gore Vidal from Chayefsky's brilliant teleplay concerns a poor Bronx husband and wife wrangling over expenses for their beloved daughter's wedding. Following his triumph in another Chayefsky teleplay-to-screenplay effort, MARTY, the previous year, Borgnine...read more

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This eminently watchable misfire divides amateur and professional critics alike. The adaptation by Gore Vidal from Chayefsky's brilliant teleplay concerns a poor Bronx husband and wife wrangling over expenses for their beloved daughter's wedding. Following his triumph in another Chayefsky teleplay-to-screenplay effort, MARTY, the previous year, Borgnine acquits himself honorably as an Irish taxi driver. Davis indeed wrestles with the accent, but she's a mistress at tortured regret getting its own way; even stuck with the rattiest wiglet in showbiz history, when Davis

cries on her bed, all our reservations melt away. Reynolds is very touching; it's quite nice to see her away from the sis-boom-bah roles, and a shame she didn't do so more often. Barry Fitzgerald is the weak link, doing his tired old leprechaun bit ten years too late in this attempt at kitchen sink realism.

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  • Review: This eminently watchable misfire divides amateur and professional critics alike. The adaptation by Gore Vidal from Chayefsky's brilliant teleplay concerns a poor Bronx husband and wife wrangling over expenses for their beloved daughter's wedding. Following… (more)

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