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A November 1948 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that M-G-M purchased the film rights to Edward Streeter's novel for $100,000 plus "other considerations," and that the sum was the highest price paid by the studio for a story property in that year. A January 1950 Daily Variety news item noted that Jack Benny was tested for the part played by Spencer Tracy. Tracy and Joan Bennett had earlier appeared together in the 1932 Fox Film Corp. picture Me and My Gal (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1930-41; F3.2790). Some of the film's story is told in voice-over narration by Tracy's character. The film's release coincided with the wedding of Elizabeth Taylor to Nicky Hilton, son of millionaire hotelier Conrad Hilton, an event that M-G-M exploited in its publicity campaign for the picture. Helen Rose, who designed Taylor's gown for the film, also designed the gown for her wedding to Nicky Hilton.
Father of the Bride was one of the top grossing films of 1950, and received the following Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Spencer Tracy). In 1951, M-G-M released a sequel to the film, entitled Father's Little Dividend, in which Tracy, Taylor, Don Taylor, Billie Burke and Joan Bennett reprised their roles. Vincente Minnelli also directed the sequel. A 1991 remake of Father of the Bride was directed by Charles Shyer and starred Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. Father of the Bride was also produced as a short-lived television series from 1961 to 1962, featuring Ruth Warwick, Myrna Fahey and Leon Ames (in Tracy's role).