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Royal Wedding (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 23 March 1951 (USA)
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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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Boda real  »

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$1,590,920 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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After being fired from this film, Judy Garland locked herself in a bathroom and scratched her neck with broken glass. There is much dispute over whether it was a serious suicide attempt or a desperate cry for help. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ellen Bowen: [referring to the royal couple] I wonder what the bride is doing today.
Tom Bowen: Why don't you call her up and ask her?
Ellen Bowen: [chuckles] I wonder what I would be doing a month before my wedding.
Tom Bowen: Probably trying to find a way out of it.
Ellen Bowen: Do you really think so?
Tom Bowen: You know you would.
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I LEFT MY HAT IN HAITI
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Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Sung by Fred Astaire
Danced by Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, and Chorus
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Delightful musical

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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