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Tom and Ellen Bowen are a brother and sister dance act whose show closes in New York. Their agent books them in London for the same period as the Royal Wedding. They travel by ship where ... See full summary »

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Tom and Ellen Bowen are a brother and sister dance act whose show closes in New York. Their agent books them in London for the same period as the Royal Wedding. They travel by ship where Ellen meets and becomes involved with Lord John Brindale. This causes her to miss a rehearsal. Tom (Astaire) uses the time to dance with a hat rack and gym equipment. Later Tom and Ellen attempt a graceful dance number as the ship rolls. Upon arrival Tom holds auditions and meets Anne. There is much indecision by the siblings about their romantic partners even though they are in-the-clouds. Tom dances on the walls and ceiling of his hotel room. All ends well in this light musical. By the way, there is a vaudeville-style dance number in their show that features slapstick. It's a hoot. Written by Paul Corr

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23 March 1951 (USA)  »

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In an interview given shortly after the film was released, Fred Astaire revealed that he had tried dancing with more than thirty commercially available hat racks before the studio had the prop department design and build the one in the film at a final cost of over $900 (about $4000 in 2011 dollars). The hat rack disappeared shortly after the film wrapped. See more »

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Three British characters wear striped ties: Lord John Brindale and Edgar Klinger both have English ties, with the diagonal stripes slanting down toward the left. However, Anne's father is wearing an American tie, whose stripes always slant in the opposite direction. See more »

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Lord John Brindale: Haven't you ever known anyone with a title before?
Ellen Bowen: Only Joe Louis.
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WHAT A LOVELY DAY FOR A WEDDING
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Sung by Keenan Wynn (dubbed by Bill Reeve) and Chorus
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An Unexpected Team
6 February 2000 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

Jane Powell (as Ellen Bowen) was a surprisingly adept partner for Fred Astaire for those of us who know her best as a brilliant soprano songstress. She kept up with him, step for step. She's probably best known for her fabulous voice as showcased in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, but she brought in the wonderful tune, "Too Late Now," here in ROYAL WEDDING. Astaire was his typical debonair self, and his role is reminiscent of that in THREE LITTLE WORDS.

The plot of ROYAL WEDDING is easy to follow and serves as a great backdrop for Astaire and Powell and their respective musical talents. And yes, Sarah Churchill is Winston's daughter. Worth seeing more than once.


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