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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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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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Trivia

In an interview given shortly after the film was released, Fred Astaire revealed that he had tried dancing with more than 30 commercially available hat racks before the studio had the prop department design and build the one in the film at a final cost of over $900 (about $4000 in 2011 dollars). The hat rack disappeared shortly after the film wrapped. See more »

Goofs

When Ellen's two suitors have a brawl in the New York bar, the last frames of the scene show the boyfriend facing the camera breaking character and laughing. 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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Soundtracks

YOU'RE ALL THE WORLD TO ME
(uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
from "I Want to Be a Minstrel Man" in Kid Millions (1934)
Sung and Danced (on walls and ceiling) by Fred Astaire
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More Fun Than Any Wedding I Have Ever Been To.
6 October 2003 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

After their act is broken up in New York, a brother/sister tap dance team (Fred Astaire and Jane Powell) travel to England and immediately fall in love with new acquaintances. Powell goes after royalty in the form of Peter Lawford and Astaire sets his eyes on Sarah Churchill. Which will win out in the end, their old dance routine or their new romantic interests? Pure Hollywood fluff here, but enjoyable for the time period nonetheless. One of the more under-rated musicals of the early-1950s. Astaire, getting up in years here, still shows amazing athleticism through the dance sequences. Not a bad time passer. 4 stars out of 5.


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