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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 »

Director:

Stanley Donen

Writers:

Alan Jay Lerner (story), Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Tom Bowen
Jane Powell ... Ellen Bowen
Peter Lawford ... Lord John Brindale
Sarah Churchill Sarah Churchill ... Anne Ashmond
Keenan Wynn ... Irving Klinger / Edgar Klinger
Albert Sharpe Albert Sharpe ... James Ashmond
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Storyline

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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M-G-M's Gay New Musical


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boda real See more »

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Budget:

$1,590,920 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The idea of dancing with a clothes tree had been suggested to Astaire earlier by Hermes Pan. See more »

Goofs

London streets have American fire hydrants. Also the same London bus drives backwards and forwards across the set. See more »

Quotes

Tom Bowen: Sorry, I thought you were *him*.
Anne Ashmond: How odd.
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Connections

Referenced in Garfield Goes Hollywood (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

WHAT A LOVELY DAY FOR A WEDDING
(uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Sung by Keenan Wynn (dubbed by Bill Reeve) and Chorus
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Jane Powell holds her own with the amazing Fred Astaire
6 May 2000 | by k_jasmine_99See all my reviews

It's hard to pick one of Fred Astaire's movies as a favorite or as his best! But of course Royal Wedding has to hit the top of the classics simply for the famous "dance on the ceiling".

Jane Powell plays his sister and does a very nice job, considering she and Fred never practiced any dance routines together before shooting the film! A must-see for Astaire fans, and if you're not a fan, watch this film and you will be!


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