The Bachelor Party (1957)


“Life is nothing if you don’t love somebody.” – Charlie Samson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 May 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A group of friends out on a night on the town try to have fun the night before one of them is about to get married.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew nothing about before coming across it during my journey thru films that have received Oscar nominations for the performances within.

I was quite surprised at the premise of this film because it was quite far from what I would have expected from a film made in the 50’s.

Love the way that they are able to discuss some very intimate and explicit subject matter by using lots of metaphors and innuendo in order to get by the censors of the day who were very strict in what could and couldn’t be said or shown in movies.

They manage to develop the various characters in the film really well especially since each of them represents a different personality in society.

The fact that none of them seem like caricatures is great and allows us to care more about what will happen to each of them along the way.

Don Murray is superb in the lead role and we are able to feel the various dilemmas that weigh on his mind throughout the course of the film.

Jack Warden and EG Marshall are also both great as part of the quartet of men roaming the streets looking for a fun Bachelor Party night.

Carolyn Jones has an extremely small role as a girl they meet at a party and she clearly stands out due to a diatribe that she delivers.

Unfortunately, I’m quite perplexed how she got an Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nomination for her performance in this movie… baffling.

Bottom Line – Not at all what I expected from a film from the 50’s. They find a way to discuss some very explicit conversation by use of lots of metaphors and innuendo largely due to the interference of the censors. The characters are developed really well and despite each of them representing a different personality in society the don’t feel like mere caricatures.  Murray is great in the lead and we can feel the dilemmas he must deal with over the course of the film.  Jones has a very small role which definitely stands out due to the diatribe she delivers but I’m still not convinced that she deserved an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in this film. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Carolyn Jones nearly quit the film due to difficulties with the script. After some unsuccessful rehearsals she approached screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky and said, “You’re going to have to get another actress because I don’t know how to play this part. I don’t know a girl who would say lines like these”. Surprisingly, the headstrong Chayefsky agreed to rewrite the part for her. When Jones read her new dialogue – including the classic line “Just say you love me, you don’t have to mean it” – she thought, “Now *that* girl I understand”. Her performance, clocking in at just under six minutes, earned Jones an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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4 thoughts on “The Bachelor Party (1957)

  1. Jones steals the movie. This is one of Chayevsky’s screenplays that praises women who are stay at home wives and homemakers and is critical of strong women who don’t depend on men for their self worth.

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