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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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Trivia

The idea of dancing with a clothes tree had been suggested to Astaire earlier by Hermes Pan. See more »

Goofs

In street scenes on the day of the wedding, many of the British flags are hung upside down. The wider diagonal white stripe of the Union Flag should always be uppermost next to the top of the flagpole. See more »

Quotes

Chester: Marriages are very healthy, sir. You see, married men live much longer than bachelors.
Tom Bowen: If that's true, they're only trying to outlive their wives so they can be bachelors again.
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YOU'RE ALL THE WORLD TO ME
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
from "I Want to Be a Minstrel Man" in Kid Millions (1934)
Sung and Danced (on walls & ceiling) by Fred Astaire
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Dancing Great; Story Stinks
24 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie features some of the most famous dance scenes by Fred Astaire, such as the one where he dances on the walls and ceiling.

That particularly dance is impressive because the special-effects made it look realistic. Kudos to the filmmakers for doing that in a film that is 55 years old. Astaire also did a clever number earlier with a hat rack and did two entertaining dances with Jane Powell.

The dancing was the only good thing in the film. Most of the story deals with romances between Powell and Peter Lawford and Astaire and Sarah Churchill. The latter look a little old for the normal young-romance type angles viewers are used to seeing in films. Facially, Fred looked like he had been ill. He just didn't look good. Powell looked fine but her soprano voice almost broke my TV tube. It was brutal.

Since those famous Astaire dances can be seen on "That's Entertainment" tapes or DVDs, there was no reason to keep this film.


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