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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$1,590,920 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After being fired from this film, Judy Garland was a guest on Bing Crosby's radio show, and they sang a duet of "How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I've Been a Liar All My Life". A recording of the broadcast survives today and reveals the legendary Garland wit. She says she was going to star in this film, but "Leo the Lion bit her". See more »

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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

Tom Bowen: He didn't have to chase very hard after her. She stood still and waited.
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Soundtracks

YOU'RE ALL THE WORLD TO ME
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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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typical of one of America's great art forms
20 May 2006 | by cwietlisbachSee all my reviews

Typical Fred Astaire,in other words great entertainment.Over the years the listing of favorite Astaire numbers has become a favorite pastime of many. This movie contains more than found in any other single show. The dance with clothes tree and using the wall and ceiling are precious. However there is another that is never mentioned that is on my list that delights me no end. How could you believe me when I said I loved you when you know I've been a liar all my life is one of the gems of American entertainment. To borrow an opinion from George Burns. the American musical composers and the theater and movie industry in which they showed their wares is America's greatest contribution to world culture.Royal Wedding is so typical of years of magnificent productions.


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