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Director:
Writers:
Alan Jay Lerner (story)
Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 March 1951 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Tom and Ellen Bowen are a brother and sister dance act whose show closes in New York. Their agent books... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
NewsDesk:
(6 articles)
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User Reviews:
Astaironomically Brilliant! See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Tom Bowen

Jane Powell ... Ellen Bowen

Peter Lawford ... Lord John Brindale
Sarah Churchill ... Anne Ashmond

Keenan Wynn ... Irving Klinger / Edgar Klinger
Albert Sharpe ... James Ashmond
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bea Allen ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Les Baxter ... Specialty in 'What a Lovely Day for a Wedding' Number (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... Eddie (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Ellen's Maid (uncredited)
Francis Bethencourt ... Charles Gordon (uncredited)
Jack Boyle ... Dancer (uncredited)
William Cabanne ... Dick (uncredited)
Andre Charisse ... Steward (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)

Mae Clarke ... Telephone Operator #1 (uncredited)
Carmen Clifford ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Royal Attendant (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Backstage Guest (uncredited)
Joan Dale ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Jack Daley ... Pop (uncredited)
Towyna Dally ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Italia DeNubila ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Woman in Carriage with Lord John (uncredited)
Marietta Elliott ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Royal Attendant (uncredited)
James Fairfax ... Harry (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Backstage Guest (uncredited)
James Finlayson ... Cabby (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Backstage Guest (uncredited)
Alex Frazer ... Chester - Tom's Valet (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Bartender (uncredited)
Shirley Glickman ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Betty Hannon ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Jean Harrison ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Doreen Hayward ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
John Hedloe ... Billy (uncredited)
James Horne Jr. ... Young Man (uncredited)
Marian Horosko ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Wendy Howard ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Tommy Hughes ... Singing Man (uncredited)
Charlotte Hunter ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Delos Jewkes ... Specialty in 'What a Lovely Day for a Wedding' Number (uncredited)
Gwen L. Jones ... Specialty in 'What a Lovely Day for a Wedding' Number (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Backstage Guest (uncredited)
Lucille Lamarr ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Janet Lavis ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Virginia Lee ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Judy Lenson ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Henri Letondal ... Purser (uncredited)
Judy London ... Dancer (uncredited)
Richard Lupino ... Singing Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Stanley Mann ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Svetlana McLe ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Sheila Meyers ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Man at Rehearsal (uncredited)
Phyllis Morris ... Singing Woman (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Singing Doorman (uncredited)
Barry Norton ... Backstage Guest (uncredited)
Kerry O'Day ... Linda (uncredited)
Jetsy Parker ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Onlooker on Street (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... Steward (uncredited)
John R. Reilly ... Pete Cumberly (uncredited)
Ricky Ricardi ... Dancer (uncredited)
Shirley Jean Rickert ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Viola Roache ... Sarah Ashmond (uncredited)
John Rogers ... Cockney in Pub (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Bartender (uncredited)
Pat Simms ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Military Officer on Street (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Stagehand (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Singing Bobby (uncredited)
Dee Turnell ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Dorothy Tuttle ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Joan Vohs ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Dorothea Ward ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Pat Williams ... Barbara (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Toasting Drinker at Bar (uncredited)
Helen Winston ... Telephone Operator #2 (uncredited)
Doris Wolcott ... Dancer in Haiti Number (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Drinker (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Donen 
 
Writing credits
Alan Jay Lerner (story)

Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay)

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer
 
Original Music by
Albert Sendrey (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck (director of photography) (as Robert Planck)
 
Film Editing by
Albert Akst 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair designer
William Tuttle .... makeup designer (as William J. Tuttle)
 
Production Management
Hugh Boswell .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arvid Griffen .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alfred E. Spencer .... associate set decorator
Donald P. Desmond .... set constructor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
John A. Williams .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Derick Williams .... process shots: London (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Johnny Green .... musical director
Skip Martin .... orchestrator
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Johnny Green .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nick Castle .... dances by
James Gooch .... technicolor color consultant
Henri Jaffa .... technicolor color consultant
Marilyn Christine .... dance assistant (uncredited)
Marjorie Dillon .... dance-in (uncredited)
Donn McElwaine .... publicist (uncredited)
Joe Niemeyer .... dance-in (uncredited)
Dave Robel .... dance assistant (uncredited)
Howard Strickling .... publicity director (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

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Runtime:
93 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (video rating) | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:S | Portugal:M/6 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The idea of dancing with a clothes tree had been suggested to Astaire earlier by Hermes Pan.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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:
Tom Bowen:He didn't have to chase very hard after her. She stood still and waited.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Let's Dance (2009/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
THE HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFESee more »

FAQ

When does Tom (Fred Astaire) dance on the walls and ceiling?
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Astaironomically Brilliant!, 14 October 2005
Author: neithernor2000 from Long Beach, CA

Fred Astaire's gravity-be-damned four-wall dance solo was imbued with choreographic wonder and sprinkled judiciously with humor. He did it all because of a woman!!! Tom Bowen is a male dancer who is pure male but the most important woman in his life is not the one who had him defying gravity. It is his sister, Ellen: his equal on the terpsichorean turf. Their Runyonesque number was pitch perfect with lyrical precision provided by Alan Jay Lerner, who obviously spent quality time (physically or spiritually) with Damon Runyon. For the script and acting per se–with Keenan Wynn as a stupendous "double agent" –A Royal Wedding is worth the price of admission. Fred Astaire and Jane Powell give award-winning performances but their dancing puts this film on the top shelf of cinematic history. The hat-rack dance, the turbulent ship dance and–of course–the ceiling dance owe a debt to Ernie Kovacs, the man who dovetailed comedy, art, and special effects before George Lucas was born. Too bad "Kovackian" is such a cumbersome word. A personal aside: I was once invited to Alan Jay Lerner's Park Avenue home. The invitation came from the furniture company whose products Mrs. Lerner had ordered. AJ wasn't home. So be it.

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