review for The Bachelor Party on AllMovie

The Bachelor Party (1957)
by Richard Gilliam review

The Bachelor Party features great dialogue from writer Paddy Chayefsky, who adapted his television play of the same name for the screen. The performances are uniformly strong, particularly those of lead actor Don Murray and supporting cast members Carolyn Jones and Nancy Marchand. The strength of the story lies in Chayefsky's ability to create credible characters with insightful views on the nature of their lives. The film's tech credits are adequate: Delbert Mann directed the television version of Bachelor Party, and he helms the film in a similarly straightforward manner; Joseph La Shelle's cinematography is capable and unobtrusive. Mann's by-the-numbers approach allows character interaction and sharp dialogue to be the film's centerpiece.