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Catered Affair, The (1956)

Jane Hurley (Debbie Reynolds) is engaged to marry Ralph Halloran (Rod Taylor). Her mother Agnes (Bette Davis), who didn't have a big wedding herself, would like to live vicariously through her daughter, sparing no expense for Jane's wedding. This not only frustrates Agnes's working class husband Tom (Ernest Borgnine), who struggles to figure out how he'll ever be able to afford it, but also her daughter and (Jane's) fiancé who consider eloping to avoid the whole "affair". Davis was not afraid to look old in this one, unlike the character she played in Mr. Skeffington (1944). Barry Fitzgerald also appears as Uncle Jack Conlon. Directed by Richard Brooks, Elmer Gantry (1960), with a screenplay by Gore Vidal that was based on the Paddy Chayefsky (Marty (1955)) play.

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