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Royal Wedding (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 23 March 1951 (USA)
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A brother and sister dance act encounter challenges and romance when booked in London during the Royal Wedding.


Stanley Donen


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





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 ... James Ashmond


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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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 »


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 »


Chester: Have you ever considered getting married, sir?
Tom Bowen: I was engaged once.
Chester: What happened?
Tom Bowen: The girl changed her mind at the last minute.
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Rule Britannia
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Lyrics by James Thomson
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Delightful musical
26 October 2000 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

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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Release Date:

23 March 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$1,590,920 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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