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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 »
Genre:
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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Why isn't this film better known? 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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Runtime:
93 min
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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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The "You're All the World to Me" dance was accomplished by putting a whole room, attached camera and harnessed cameraman inside a 20 ft. diameter rotating "squirrel cage."See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:
Anne Ashmond:You're five shillings short.
James Ashmond:Oh. That's what you might call a typographical error.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Garfield Goes Hollywood (1987) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
SUNDAY JUMPSSee more »

FAQ

When does Tom (Fred Astaire) dance on the walls and ceiling?
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27 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Why isn't this film better known?, 19 January 2003
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

I've only seen two other Fred Astaire vehicles: "Top Hat" and "Swing Time", the more recent of which was made 15 years before this. The improvement is remarkable. At some time perhaps in the 1940s Astaire appears to have been given a charm transplant; in "Royal Wedding", instead of coming across, woodenly, as a bit of a cad, he's a perfectly decent fellow, with all of the human impulses it's easiest to like and intelligence to boot. It's as though he'd been taking lessons from Gene Kelly.

If the earlier dance spectacles are not to be judged too harshly for merely marking time between the breath-taking dance sequences – and I concur, they should not be judged too harshly for this – how much less should this one be judged harshly, with at least four sequences likely to get applause (all four DID get applause, at the screening I attended): the bit where Astaire "rehearses" when his partner doesn't show up by dancing with and around the gym equipment (again, this is exactly the kind of thing Gene Kelly would do); the scene in which he dances on the wall, then the ceiling, then the other wall, then the ceiling again – obviously within a set like the one used in "2001", but Astaire disguises this by finding a different, natural-looking transition from surface to surface each time; the over-the-top "I Left My Hat in Haiti" number; and the superbly performed (well acted and sung as well as well danced) "How Could You Believe Me … etc." routine. Any one of these would be reason enough to dust a mediocre film off and watch it at least once.

But this isn't a mediocre film. It's not just that there are four strong numbers and no weak ones; it's that it DOESN'T merely mark time between them. One thing that this has in common with Donen's other films is its desire to entertain at every moment. It's a light film, even a facetious one… yet we can feel for it, too. There's nothing contrived or pointless about the complication that threatens to thwart True Love. (Whether or not this really IS true love is of course beside the point.) Tom likes the lifestyle of a bachelor, Ellen wants to preserve her career; both characters are genuinely torn for perfectly legitimate reasons, and in fact, there's no way for them to resolve their difficulties except by simply choosing, which is why the sudden, simultaneous decision to get married to their respective partners at the end doesn't feel forced.

I go to watch films I've never heard of and expect very little from, all the time. Why? Because every once in a while, I strike gold.

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