The Bachelor Party (1956)

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Charlie Samson (Don Murray), is a quiet average young bookkeeper who lives with his wife Helen (Patricia Smith) in one of New York's apartment house projects.

Charlie is concerned about the fact that Helen has just announced her pregnancy, but he doesn't want to show concern. One of his fellow bookkeepers, Arnold (Philip Abbott) is getting married and the gang at the office decides to throw a bachelor party for him.

Making all arrangements and taking care of the party is a seemingly happy-go-lucky bachelor, Eddie (Jack Warden), the others are Kenneth (Larry Blyden) and Walter (E. G. Marshall).

They go out and have a carousing time that seems hysterical in its desperation. At one point they run out of money and Charlie returns to pick up some from Helen. She, who has had a discouraging talk with her sister-in-law (Nancy Marchand) regarding children and marriage, tells Charlie that perhaps they shouldn't have the child. They have a fight and Charlie resumes the carousing.

In the early hours of the morning the culmination of the whole night...Walter's apathy toward life, Eddie's desperate effort not to be alone, Arnold being ill-equiped for marriage, Charlie's experience with a phoney intellectual (Carolyn Jones)...wells up in him a deeper appreciation for her love than has ever possessed him.

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