UA (Norma production)
Directed by Delbert Mann, and scripted by Paddy Chayefsky, this verbose, borderline pretentious melodrama was an effort to repeat the success of their previous collaboration, Marty,” which won the 1955 Best Picture Oscar.
Like “Marty,” Chayefsky's “Bachelor Party” began as a TV play. A group of New York office workers, including Don Murray, E.G. Marshall, and Jack Warden throw a party for one of their fellow workers, thirtyish Arnold (Philip Abbott), before he gets married.
With the booze flowing in this traditionally wild ritualistic party, their inhibitions loosen, and conversely, all kinds of personal confessions come to the surface.
Arnold's married pals begin reflecting on their own lives. Chief among them is Charlie Samson (Don Murray), a staid bookkeeper who intends to cut loose at Arnold's premarital bacchanale.
The most pathetic figure in the drama is Walter (E. G. Marshall), a self-described “swinger,” who after a few drinks shows self-loathing.
Mostly secondary characters, the women in “Bachelor Party” include Nancy Marchand, Patricia Smith, and Karen Norris, who also reveal their true natures in unexpected ways.
In an Oscar-nominated turn, the dark-haired, exotic-looking Carloyn Jones plays a beatnik known as the Existentialist, “good time girl” with whom Charlie Samson briefly dallies.
Oscar Nominations: 1
Supporting Actress: Carolyn Jones
Oscar Awards: None
The Supporting Actress Oscar went to Miyoshi Umeki for “Sayonara.”
Carolyn Jones established a name when playing Morticia Addams in the 1960s TV series “The Addams Family.”
Running time: 92 Minutes.
Directed by Delbert Mann
Screenplay by Paddy Chayevsky
Released April 10, 1957.
DVD: December 30, 1996