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The Catered Affair (1956)

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94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

At breakfast, Jane announces that she and Ralph are getting married the next week. All Jane and Ralph want is a small wedding with the immediate family and no reception, because Jane's parents are poor and Jane and Ralph can borrow a car ...See moreAt breakfast, Jane announces that she and Ralph are getting married the next week. All Jane and Ralph want is a small wedding with the immediate family and no reception, because Jane's parents are poor and Jane and Ralph can borrow a car for their honeymoon. But at dinner that night, all Ralph's parents talk about are the big weddings they gave their daughters, and everything escalates. Suddenly it's a big wedding breakfast with hundreds of guests. The problem is that for 12 years, Tom has been saving money to buy his own cab and license, but now that he can, all of that money is going towards a wedding that neither he nor Jane nor Ralph really want. Written by Tony Fontana See less
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Gore Vidal (screenplay) | Paddy Chayefsky (play)
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Release date
Jun 22, 1956 (United States)
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27 cast members
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Bette Davis
Aggie Hurley Aggie Hurley   See fewer
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Ernest Borgnine
Tom Hurley Tom Hurley   See fewer
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Debbie Reynolds
Jane Hurley Jane Hurley   See fewer
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Barry Fitzgerald
Uncle Jack Conlon Uncle Jack Conlon   See fewer
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Rod Taylor
Ralph Halloran Ralph Halloran   See fewer
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Robert F. Simon
Mr. Joe Halloran (as Robert Simon) Mr. Joe Halloran (as Robert Simon)   See fewer
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Madge Kennedy
Mrs. Joe Halloran Mrs. Joe Halloran   See fewer
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Dorothy Stickney
Mrs. Rafferty Mrs. Rafferty   See fewer
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Carol Veazie
Mrs. Casey Mrs. Casey   See fewer
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Joan Camden
Alice Scanlon Alice Scanlon   See fewer
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Ray Stricklyn
Eddie Hurley Eddie Hurley   See fewer
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Jay Adler
Sam Leiter Sam Leiter   See fewer
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Dan Tobin
Hotel Caterer Hotel Caterer   See fewer
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Paul Denton
Bill Scanlon Bill Scanlon   See fewer
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Augusta Merighi
Mrs. Musso Mrs. Musso   See fewer
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Joan Bradshaw
Girl on Phone (uncredited) Girl on Phone (uncredited)   See fewer
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Janice Carroll
Mrs. Casey's Daughter-in-law (uncredited) Mrs. Casey's Daughter-in-law (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mae Clarke
Saleswoman (uncredited) Saleswoman (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Costello
Bartender (uncredited) Bartender (uncredited)   See fewer
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Don Devlin
Taxi Driver (uncredited) Taxi Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Dillon
Father Murphy (uncredited) Father Murphy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Marie Dixon
Actress (uncredited) Actress (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jimmie Fox
Tailor (uncredited) Tailor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Hines
Fishmonger (uncredited) Fishmonger (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Kenney
Taxi Driver (uncredited) Taxi Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sammy Shack
Taxi Driver (uncredited) Taxi Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert R. Stephenson
Taxi Driver (uncredited) Taxi Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.5 / 10 | 2,706 votes