The Catered Affair
|The Catered Affair|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Richard Brooks|
|Produced by||Sam Zimbalist|
|Written by||Gore Vidal|
|Based on||TV play by Paddy Chayefsky|
|Music by||André Previn|
|Editing by||Gene Ruggiero
|Release dates||June 14, 1956|
|Running time||92 min.|
The Catered Affair (1956), also known as Wedding Party, is a family drama film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by Richard Brooks and produced by Sam Zimbalist from a screenplay by Gore Vidal, based on a television play by Paddy Chayefsky. The film score was by André Previn and the cinematography by John Alton.
Agnes Hurley (Davis) is a frowsy and disillusioned housewife, married to Bronx cabdriver, Tom Hurley (Borgnine). She wants something better for her daughter, Jane (Reynolds). When Jane announces her engagement to Ralph Halloran (Taylor), Aggie sees this as an opportunity to have an elaborate wedding, with caterers and all the trimmings, despite the fact that the family cannot afford it and the daughter does not want it. The film deals with the ensuing conflicts within the family, which also involve Uncle Jack Conlon (Fitzgerald) and most of the neighborhood. It is not until the end of the film that the vain mother realizes what a fool she has been in forcing her own fantasy onto her family.
The television play A Catered Affair, written by Paddy Chayefsky, was first shown on television as part of the Philco Television Playhouse. It was broadcast on May 22, 1955. The cast included Pat Henning, Thelma Ritter, and J. Pat O'Malley. 
According to MGM records the film earned $947,000 in the US and Canada and $520,000 in other countries, resulting in a loss of $106,000.
The play has been adapted to a stage musical called A Catered Affair, with book by Harvey Fierstein and lyrics and music by John Bucchino. It premiered at the Old Globe Theatre and played on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The cast included Faith Prince, Tom Wopat, Leslie Kritzer and Fierstein.
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- The Catered Affair (1956) at IMDB
- A Catered Affair (1955 TV production) at IMDB
- A Catered Affair (2007 musical) at IBDB