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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.

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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8 Hit Songs! Dazzling Dancing! Gay Romance! Glorious Music! See more »


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Trivia

Although they play siblings, Fred Astaire was almost 30 years (29 years, 11 months, 10 days) older than Jane Powell. See more »

Goofs

The morning after the opening, Edgar, the London agent calls Tom and Ellen and asks 'Have you seen the Dailies?' which is an American expression. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Bert Rigby, You're a Fool (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

EV'RY NIGHT AT SEVEN
(uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Sung by Fred Astaire and Chorus
Danced by Fred Astaire and Jane Powell
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A Lovely Wedding!
9 September 2002 | by EngwadurielSee all my reviews

The Royal Wedding is one of my family's favourite Astaire movies, next to Easter Parade. Jane Powell, as his sister, does a wonderful job with her beautiful operatic voice. Many people do not realize that she was also a singer, not just a dancer, until they watch Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which she also starred in. Peter Lawford does his usual job as playboy-royale, but thankfully does not sing. Astaire's dancing feat of climbing all over his hotel room is unparralled. No one else could do it and still look good! A great family film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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