CTVA US Comedy - "Father of the Bride" (MGM/CBS)(1961-62) starring Leon Ames, Ruth Warrick

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Father of the Bride
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Tom Alger, Rina Fox, Robert Leszczak
references:
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FATHER OF THE BRIDE
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Father Productions, Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayor Television

for
CBS (Fridays 9:30 pm EST)
Executive Producer Robert Maxwell
Produced by Rudy E. Abel
Based on the novel by Edward Streeter and the 1950 MGM movie
starring Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett directed by Vincente Minnelli.
US comedy series 1961-62 34 episodes x 30 min bw
starring
Leon Ames as Stanley Banks, father of the bride. a lawyer
Ruth Warrick as Ellie Banks, mother of the bride
Myrna Fahey as Kay Banks Dunston, the bride
Rickie Sorensen as Tommy Banks, the bride's kid brother
Burt Metcalfe as Buckley Dunston, Kay's intended
Ransom Sherman as Herbert Dunston, Buckley's father
Lurene Tuttle as Doris Dunston, Buckley's mother
Ruby Dandridge as Delilah

Premise:
When the daughter of a prosperous family decides to marry, it's her father who suffers most.

Background:
Leon Ames had previously starred in Life with Father (1953-55) as Clarence Day, Snr.

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CBS Fridays 9:30 pm Eastern

1.1 [--] Father of the Bride: BOMBSHELL AT BREAKFAST
MGM-Father prod. no. 6600
directed by Fletcher Markle
29Sep61 CBS Fri (Debut)
Guest cast:
Howard Wendell ....... George Willston
Irene Tedrow ......... Miss Bellamy
Synopsis:
Kay explodes the peaceful morning routine of the Banks household
with three little words: "I'm getting married." [RF]

[02] Father of the Bride: BUCKLEY
no. 6602
directed by Fletcher Markle
06Oct61

1.3 [--] Father of the Bride: BUCKLEY'S PARENTS
prod. no. 6603
13Oct61 CBS
Directed by Fletcher Markle
The prospective in-laws finally meet when Kay's parents are invited
to dinner at the Dunstan mansion. [TA]

[04] Father of the Bride: THE RING
no. 6604
directed by Fletcher Markle
20Oct61


1.05 [--] Father of the Bride: THE ENGAGEMENT PARTY
MGM-Father prod. no. 6605
27Oct61 CBS Fri
directed by Fletcher Markle
Synopsis 1:
As Kay's engagement party draws near, Stanley is sure his part
on the affair will come off admirably.
Synopsis 2:
Since Doris Dunstan is providing the stone for Kay's engagement
ring - a three karat heirloom - and Buckley is providing the
setting it would seem that everything is taken care of. [RF]

1.6 [--] Father of the Bride: KAY'S DINNER
MGM-Father prod. no. 6606
03Nov61 CBS Fri
directed by Fletcher Markle
Guest cast:
Linden Chiles ........... Albert Palmer
Howard Wendell .......... George Williston
Ken Berry ............... Pinky Bollanger
Synopsis:
As Kay's engagement party draws near, Stanley is sure his part
of the affair will come off admirably. He's got his "off-the-cuff"
speech memorized. [RF]

1.7 [--] Father of the Bride: THE GUEST LIST
prod. no. 6607
10Nov61 CBS orig. airdate
Written by Theodore and Mathilde Ferro
Directed by Fletcher Markle
Guest Cast:
Irene Tedrow ............. Miss Bellamy
Mrs. Banks finds that a small wedding can be more difficult to
arrange than a large one, when it comes to cutting down the
guest list.
(6Nov62 A-R London UK, Tue 6:15 pm)

[08] Father of the Bride: MAID OF HONOR
directed by Fletcher Markle
17Nov61

[09] Father of the Bride: MR. MASSOULA
directed by Fletcher Markle
24Nov61

1.10 [--] Father of the Bride: WHITE ELEPHANT
01Dec61 CBS Fri
directed by Fletcher Markle
Guest cast:
James Milhollin .......... Mr. Massoula
Jonathan Kidd ............ Frederico
Grady Sutton ............. Oscar
Synopsis:
Ellie Banks calls in a post catering outfit known as the House
of Massoula for her daughter's wedding reception. But after
the caterers look over the premises, it appears that the House
of Massoula doesn't think much of the House of Banks. [RF]

[11] Father of the Bride: STANLEY'S SUIT
no. 6611
directed by Fletcher Markle
8Dec61


1.12 [--] Father of the Bride: THE SHOWER
15Dec61 CBS
Written by Katherine and Dale Eunson
Directed by Fletcher Markle
Guest Cast:
Malcolm Atterbury ..... Game Warden
Richard Hale .......... Justice of the Peace
Fred Sherman .......... Jedrow
On the day of Kay's "shower" - when all her girlfriends gather
to shower her with household gifts - Ellie persuades the men folk
of the family to keep out of the way. But Stanley, it seems just
can't keep out of trouble.
(11Dec62 A-R London UK, Tue 6:15 pm)

1.13 [--] Father of the Bride: THE APARTMENT
MGM-Father prod. no. 6613
22Dec61
Directed by Fletcher Markle
Guest cast:
Maudie Prickett ......... Mrs. Grayson
King Calder ............. Henry Nugent
Synopsis:
Kay and Buckley are looking for a nice cozy apartment for their
first home - and wind up with a rundown old house. [RF]

1.14 [--] Father of the Bride: SURPRISE, SURPRISE!
MGM-Father prod. no. 6614
Sponsored by Campbells
29Dec61 CBS Fri
Written by Mort Green and Ken Cooper
Directed by Fletcher Markle
Guest Cast:
Ruby Dandridge,
Ricky Sorensen,
Irene Tedrow
Howard Wendell.
Synopsis:
A surprise birthday party for the Father of the Bride. He thinks everyone
has forgotten his birthday and that he'll never get the golf cart he wants.
However, he is proven wrong at the end of the episode. [RL]

[15] Father of the Bride: THE HONEYMOON
no. 6615
directed by Fletcher Markle
5Jan62

[16] Father of the Bride: HOMEWORK
directed by Gene Reynolds
19Jan62

[17] Father of the Bride: THE REHEARSAL
no. 6616
directed by Fletcher Markle
26Jan62

[18] Father of the Bride: THE WEDDING
no. 6617
directed by Anton M. Leader
2Feb62

[19] Father of the Bride: THE PINE PILLOW
no. 6618
directed by Gene Reynolds
9Feb62

[20] Father of the Bride: THE HOMECOMING
directed by Fletcher Markle
16Feb62

[21] Father of the Bride: TOO MANY COOKS
no. 6623
directed by Gene Reynolds
23Feb62

[22] Father of the Bride: THE QUARREL
directed by Gene Reynolds
2Mar62

[23] Father of the Bride: TOMMY'S HERO
directed by Gene Reynolds
9Mar62

 1.24 [--] Father of the Bride: THE MILKING STOOL
MGM-Father prod. no. 6622
16Mar62 CBS Fri
directed by Fletcher Markle
Guest cast:
Les Tremayne ...... Auctioneer
June Ellis ........ Woman
Synopsis:
Kay is married, Stanley seems busier than ever at his office and
even Tommy has grown up so much that Ellie feels no one needs her
any more. So she tells Stanley that she is thinking of getting a
job. [RF]

1.25 [--] Father of the Bride: QUIBBLING
no. 6620
23Mar62 CBS
Written by Mort Green
Directed by Fletcher Markle
Synopsis:
Kay's account of her argument with Buckley does not quite agree
with her husband's and Stanley's efforts to restore peace only
succeed in getting him into trouble with Ellie
(19Mar63 A-R London UK, Tue 6:15pm)

[26] Father of the Bride: THE HOUSE
directed by Fletcher Markle
30Mar62

[27] Father of the Bride: THE CAMPAIGN MANAGER
directed by Gene Reynolds
6Apr62

1.28 [--] Father of the Bride: THE DUCHESS
13Apr62 CBS
Written by Katherine and Dale Eunson
Directed by Gene Reynolds
Guest Cast:
Irene Tedrow ............ Miss Bellamy
Henry Corden ............ Waiter
Henry Beckman ........... Police Sergeant
Doris engages Stanley as her lawyer to prove her claim to a title
and a castle in Wales.
(11Apr63 A-R London UK, Thur 6:20 pm)

[29] Father of the Bride: STANLEY'S STEAMER
directed by Richard Whorf
20Apr62

[30] Father of the Bride: THE HOSPITAL
directed by Richard Whorf
27Apr62

[31] Father of the Bride: THE BAND
directed by Gene Reynolds
4May62

[32] Father of the Bride: BRADLEY'S SHACK
directed by Gene Reynolds
11May62

[33] Father of the Bride: THE HAMMERS
directed by Gene Reynolds
18May62

1.34 [--] Father of the Bride: THE VISIT (final episode) [verified -RL]
25May62 CBS Fri
Produced by Rudy E. Abel
Written by James S. Henerson & Ken Cooper
Directed by Gene Reynolds
Guest cast:
Ruby Dandridge
Richie Sorensen
Robert Lieb as Wilkins
Synopsis:
Wilkins, Stanley's co-worker, has been reading a book on family relationships by a man named Gelbert.
Wilkins quotes from the book that parents should ONLY visit their married children when specifically
invited. Well, when it's determined that Stanley and Ellie sort of invited themselves to a dinner party,
they bow out with a really lame excuse, and respect the kids' independence and the teachings of Gelbert. [RL]
Note:
These later episodes of the show no longer featured the cartoon opening credits with the
little cupid. Instead, the entire cast was shown on the staircase in the parent's house. [RL]

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Summer Reruns on CBS Fridays (01Jun62-14Sep62)
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[--] Father of the Bride: Unknown title
Original airdate unknown (rerun 01Jun62 CBS Fri)
Guest cast:
Robert P. Lieb ..... Wilkins
Ruby Dandridge ..... Delilah
Synopsis:
Stanley is proud of his close friendship with his son-in-law Buckley.
Then someone tells him that young married fellows like Buckley really
don't like their in-laws - they only tolerate them. [RF]


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