The Bachelor Party

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The Bachelor Party
The Bachelor Party.jpg
US VHS cover
Directed by Delbert Mann
Produced by Harold Hecht
Written by Paddy Chayefsky
Starring Don Murray
E. G. Marshall
Jack Warden
Carolyn Jones
Music by Paul Mertz
Alex North (uncredited)
Cinematography Joseph LaShelle
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • April 9, 1957 (1957-04-09)
Running time 92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.5 million (US)[1]

The Bachelor Party is a 1953 teleplay by Paddy Chayefsky which was adapted by Chayefsky for a 1957 film.

Television play[edit]

"The Bachelor Party"
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 2
Directed by Delbert Mann
Written by Paddy Chayefsky
Produced by Fred Coe
Production code Showcase Productions
Original air date 11 October 1953

Chayefsky's teleplay was produced by Fred Coe for The Philco Television Playhouse on October 11, 1953. Delbert Mann directed the following cast:[2]

  • Helen as Kathleen Maguire
  • Charlie as Don Murray
  • Kenneth as Bob Emmett
  • The Bookkeeper as James Westerfield
  • The Bachelor as Joseph Mantell
  • The Groom as Douglas Gordon
  • Julie as Anna Minot
  • The Bartender as Ely Segall
  • The Bar Hag as Elaine Eldridge
  • The Young Fellow as Walter Kelly
  • The Girl as Bettye Ackerman
  • The Fiancée as Olive Dunbar[3]

Film adaptation[edit]

The 1957 film was directed by Delbert Mann, with Don Murray reprising his role as Charlie, co-starring E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden and Carolyn Jones. Jones was nominated for the 1958 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of a party girl who is actually very lonely. Mary Grant designed the film's costumes.

Plot[edit]

Charlie Samson (Murray) is a hard-working married bookkeeper, struggling to advance himself by attending night school to become an accountant. He and four co-workers throw a bachelor party for a fellow bookkeeper, Arnold Craig (Philip Abbott), who is about to get married. After the party, they decide to go bar-hopping. Charlie is to be Arnold's best man.

Colleagues attending the party include the older married man, Walter (Marshall), who has recently diagnosed asthma, and Eddie (Warden), a happy-go-lucky bachelor. The night becomes a turning point for all five men.

Charlie finds his loyalty to his wife tested during the evening, and he almost has an affair with a young woman (Jones) he meets on the street heading to a Greenwich Village party. Walter, in despair about his situation, wanders off during the evening.

Arnold becomes drunk and ambivalent about getting married, and he breaks off the wedding only to change his mind after he sobers up and Charlie gives him a lecture about the benefits of married life. This, in spite of the fact that in the beginning of the story, Charlie had been regretting his marriage and had gone to the party with a serious intention of committing adultery.

We last see Eddie at a bar, striking up a conversation with an older unattractive woman. In the end, Charlie decides that married life is the way to go, and that his struggle to build a home with his wife is worthwhile, and better than the empty and lonely existence of his friend Eddie, whom he used to envy.[2]

Cast[edit]

Awards[edit]

The Bachelor Party was nominated for one Oscar, one BAFTA award, and one award at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival:[4][5]

Group Award Won?
30th Academy Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Carolyn Jones
No
BAFTA Award Best Film from any Source (USA) No
1957 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or No

Chayefsky on The Bachelor Party[edit]

Afterword to The Bachelor Party:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top Grosses of 1957", Variety, 8 January 1958: 30
  2. ^ a b c The Collected Works of Paddy Chayefsky (1994), Applause Books, New York ISBN 1-55783-191-2
  3. ^ Bachelor Party - TV episode at IMDB
  4. ^ "Awards for The Bachelor Party (1957)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Bachelor Party". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 

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