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 ...
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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
The ship's rocking during "Open Your Eyes" was based on the Astaires' own dancing experience on a voyage to London in 1923. A boat-rocking device was used to create the film effect. See more »
When Tom and Ellen are talking about getting married after the royal wedding ends, and Tom leaves to look for Ann, behind Ellen can be seen someone at a lower level than she, on the street, waving at the royal entourage. As she and Tom were on the street, the background scene is unlikely. See more »
Tom Bowen (Fred Astaire) and Ellen Bowen (Jane Powell) are singing and dancing siblings whose agent Irving Klinger (Keenan Wynn) sends them to do their musical act in Great Britain.Keenan Wynn plays also Irving's British twin brother Edgar.Ellen falls in love with a man she meets during the ship trip.This man is called Lord John Brindale (Peter Lawford).Tom finds his sweetheart from Britain.That lucky gal is Anne Ashmond (Sarah Churchill) who is dancing at Tom's musical.Royal Wedding from 1951 is a delightful romantic musical comedy.It is great entertainment from the beginning to the end.It has many memorable scenes.The most memorable scene may be the one where Freddy dances on the walls and on the ceiling.I am a big Fred Astaire fan.There isn't a bad musical with Fred Astaire.There isn't a dull moment in Royal Wedding.
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