Father's Little Dividend (1951) - Rotten Tomatoes

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
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 (3)

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.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…


March 10, 2003 | Full Review…

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.

August 15, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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.

March 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

August 8, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Father's Little Dividend


This was a very enjoyable movie - Spencer Tracy was great once again as the father and very funny!

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