There Goes the Bride is a 1980 British comedy film directed by Terry Marcel and starring Tom Smothers, Twiggy, Phil Silvers, Broderick Crawford, Sylvia Syms and Martin Balsam.[1][2] It is based upon the 1973 play of the same name written by John Chapman and Ray Cooney.[3]


Adman Timothy Westerby (Smothers) throws his daughter's wedding day into chaos when he repeatedly hallucinates that he is seeing his "dream girl" (Twiggy), and refuses to leave her side.

On the rare occasions Westerby is coherent, the distraught bride (Fuller) has locked herself in her room, further delaying things.

Since Westerby is the only one who can see his "dreamgirl", this creates confusion with his wife (Sims) and father-in-law-to-be (Balsam), the latter of whom is a hot-tempered Texan prone to gun-toting tantrums.

Also, an important client (Backus) is expecting a new ad slogan for an important account starting yesterday, but Westerby is in no condition to deliver it.

The events of the film are dictated to a psychiatrist (Silvers) by a distraught patient (Stark), who was the wedding caterer and bewildered witness.



  1. ^ "There Goes the Bride (1980) – Terence Marcel | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie" – via
  2. ^ "There Goes the Bride (1979)". BFI. Archived from the original on 20 June 2017.
  3. ^ Goble, Alan (8 September 2011). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110951943 – via Google Books.