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Royal Wedding -- 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...
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Royal Wedding -- Fred Astaire and Jane Powell star as a brother-and-sister musical team who each find romance when they tour London for Queen Elizabeth's wedding.

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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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 (From RealBollywood. 1 October 2009, 6:16 AM, PDT)

Wedding Bells Keep Ringing for the Ladies of Satc?
 (From Popsugar. 18 September 2009, 2:31 PM, PDT)

Wedding Bells: Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart
 (From PopStar. 16 September 2009, 11:55 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Invitation to the Dance... See more (48 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 ... Minor Role (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)
James Gonzalez ... Ship Passenger (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)
Jimmie Horan ... Stagehand (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 La Marr ... 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)

Frank McClure ... Information Clerk at Dock (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 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose (uncredited)
 
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)
 
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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:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (video rating) | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:S | Portugal:M/6 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #14897)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The dancing on the ceiling number appears to be one long continuous take. However, if you watch closely, there are at least three and possibly four very subtle cuts in this scene.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:
Irving Klinger:This is a pretty box of pickles!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in "The Churchills" (1996)See more »
Soundtrack:
WHAT A LOVELY DAY FOR A WEDDINGSee more »

FAQ

When does Tom (Fred Astaire) dance on the walls and ceiling?
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Invitation to the Dance..., 20 December 2007
Author: jc-osms from United Kingdom

Typically enjoyable Fred Astaire vehicle from the 50's and if not on a par with the wonderful "The Bandwagon", "Royal Wedding" certainly deserves a podium position for its vibrant colours (in some scenes, you almost think you're seeing all seven colours of the rainbow in the shot!), fine cinematography (London is faithfully rendered with cobbled streets, red buses and postboxes, even a pea-souper before the "Clean Air" Act was passed later in the decade), topped of course by Astaire's superb dancing. Okay, he's way too old to be Jane Powell's brother and the plot is wafer thin as per usual with Fred's flicks, but his dancing both solo, including the celebrated "Dancing on the Ceiling" scene (later updated by director Donen in the 80's for pop star Lionel Richie's hit song of the same name), but including almost as good scenes dancing with the ship's gym equipment and in another scene, the room furniture, including his hatstand and in concert with the young vibrant Powell, he shines. She can dance by the way... The songs didn't quite connect with me apart from the riotously funny "How Could you Believe Me When I Said Loved You when You Know I've been a Liar all my Life"(surely a country and western song-title from heaven!), but then Fred hasn't the greatest voice and Powell's light operatic warblings don't move me much either. In the minor parts, a young Peter Lawford lords it up, improbably, as an - ahem - English lord, while Sarah Churchill, the great war leader's niece, no less, seems a tad plain both in appearance and her minimal dancing efforts. The humour, centring mainly on the different takes on the languages from the US and UK perspectives, is somewhat forced too but maestro Donen exerts a sure hand at the helm, from the stylish "wedding invitation" titles to the fly-away pan-out shot over London at the close. A pleasant underrated musical comedy with which to while away an afternoon or evening.

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