Father's Little Dividend (1951)




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This sequel to the 1950 comedy hit Father of the Bride finds Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett returning as Stanley and Ellie Banks, the parents of newlywed Kay Dunstan (Elizabeth Taylor). In the first film, Stanley Banks was forced to endure the chaotic events leading up to the wedding. This time, he must comes to grips with the prospect of becoming a grandfather. Once he's reconciled himself to this jolt of mortality, Stanley must contend with the little bundle of joy, who screams his head off every time Grandpa comes near him. Father's Little Dividend was remade in 1994 as Father of the Bride II, with Steve Martin assuming the Spencer Tracy role, and with the added complication of discovering that his own wife (Diane Keaton) is also pregnant. The copyright for Father's Little Dividend was not renewed in 1978; thus the film has lapsed into public domain.
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Spencer Tracy
as Stanley Banks
Elizabeth Taylor
as Kay Dunstan
Joan Bennett
as Ellie Banks
Don Taylor
as Buckley Dunstan
Billie Burke
as Doris Dunstan
Moroni Olsen
as Herbert Dunstan
Russ Tamblyn
as Tommy Banks
Richard Rober
as Police Sergeant
Marietta Canty
as Delilah
Tom Irish
as Ben Banks
Hayden Rorke
as Dr. Andrew Nordell
Paul Harvey
as Rev. Galsworthy
Frank Faylen
as Policeman
Dabbs Greer
as Taxi Driver
Frank Sully
as Diaper Man
Harry Hines
as Old Man
Nancy Valentine
as Bridesmaid
Wendy Waldron
as Bridesmaid
Lon Poff
as Elderly Man on Porch
George Bruggeman
as Gym Instructor
Donald Clark
as The Dividend
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Critic Reviews for Father's Little Dividend

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

It is not very often that the sequel to a successful film turns out to be even half as successful or rewarding as the original picture was.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

This sequel to the smash-hit Father of the Bride is inferior in every respect, but it was made quickly, cheaply and generated profit for MGM.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011

Spencer Tracy could hold his own acting opposite anyone, and in this excellent sequel to Father of the Bride, he proves that not even a baby can upstage him.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
TV Guide

Unexpectedly appealing sequel, with much warm and insightful comedy about family life, pregnancy and babies.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Classic Film and Television


Full Review… | March 10, 2003
Austin Chronicle

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March 9, 2006
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Audience Reviews for Father's Little Dividend

Followed the same structure in related topics and humor with the returning family, more heart and less complications to make this a worthy sequel to complete the two-part adventure from letting someone out of the nest to becoming a grandparent, and Spencer Tracy performed nicely to those situations. (B+) (Full review coming soon)

Kyle Mobray
Kyle Mobray

Cute old shows, always so pleasant. Elizabeth Taylor paired with Spencer Tracy always work out to funny and matter-of-factly humor. Tracy makes the film.

Carmela "inhonoredglory"

[4.5] This is mediocre afterbirth, a really unremarkable sequel with forced charm and few laughs. The rush to the hospital was mildly amusing, but let's face it. Any movie from the `50s that deals with marriage and childbirth is doomed to sugar-coated misrepresentation. Spencer Tracy kept me engaged enough to keep watching, but why is Billie Burke still playing Glinda the Good Witch?

Scott Schirmer
Scott Schirmer

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