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The Swan (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Drama | 26 April 1956 (USA)
Princess Beatrice's days of enjoying the regal life are numbered unless her only daughter, Princess Alexandra, makes a good impression on a distant cousin when he pays a surprise visit to ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Ferenc Molnár (play) (as Ferenc Molnar), John Dighton
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Grace Kelly ... Princess Alexandra
Alec Guinness ... Prince Albert
Louis Jourdan ... Dr. Nicholas Agi
Agnes Moorehead ... Queen Maria Dominika
Jessie Royce Landis ... Princess Beatrix
Brian Aherne ... Father Carl Hyacinth
Leo G. Carroll ... Caesar
Estelle Winwood ... Symphorosa
Van Dyke Parks ... George
Christopher Cook Christopher Cook ... Arsene
Robert Coote ... Capt. Wunderlich
Doris Lloyd ... Countess Sibenstoyn
Edith Barrett ... Elsa - Beatrix's Maid
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Storyline

Princess Beatrice's days of enjoying the regal life are numbered unless her only daughter, Princess Alexandra, makes a good impression on a distant cousin when he pays a surprise visit to their palace. Prince Albert has searched all over Europe for a bride and he's bored by the whole courtship routine. He is more interested in the estate's dairy than Alexandra's rose garden. And then he starts playing football with the tutor and Alexandra's brothers. Invite the tutor to the ball that night and watch how gracefully Alexandra dances with him. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Svanen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In this movie, Princess Alexandra (Grace Kelly) is courted by Prince Albert. Kelly later named her son Prince Albert of Monaco. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Nicholas Agi: A fencer is always in danger of revealing his intentions to his adversary - and that he must never do.
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Connections

Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.33 (1956) See more »

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A Most Engaging Film
8 April 2014 | by adamshlSee all my reviews

Molnar needs to be done with style, taste and wit--all of which qualities this dramatization has. The cast is stellar, with the future Princess Grace surrounded by the likes of Alec Guiness, Louis Jourdan, Estelle Winwood, and Jessie Royce Landis, to name a few.

The pace is very regal and leisurely, I'd say in "Adagio tempo," appropriate to the delicate nature of the royal estate. Bronislau Kaper's score captures the distinguished atmosphere, and the set decor is done with great care.

Charles Vidor's direction is dignified and the character interaction has genuine charm. I greatly respect MGM for creating so noble a work, and find the widescreen DVD most appealing.

Fine work done by all.


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