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The Swan (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Drama | 26 April 1956 (USA)
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When a crown prince visits, the princess's mother tries to push the prince into marrying her daughter by presenting a "rival" at the ball - her children's handsome tutor.


Charles Vidor


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





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


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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The Love Story of a Princess


Comedy | Romance | Drama


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Did You Know?


Alec Guiness and Estelle Winwood would share the screen again in 'Murder by Death' (1976). See more »


Princess Beatrix: Its so awkward without a man in the house. A man can help in so many ways.
Symphorosa: So many ways.
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Featured in Grace Kelly: The American Princess (1987) See more »

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A Charming Story!
11 July 2004 | by vestavia1See all my reviews

I read a review proclaiming Grace Kelly was a young girl from Wisconsin, who made a hit in Hollywood, and became a real life princess. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native met her Prince at a photo match arranged by Paris Match in Monte Carlo, Monaco. She later transcended the realm of film and married the reigning prince of one of Europe's oldest principalities. Grace Kelly, later HSH Princess Grace of Monaco was as lovely as she was talented. She totally restructured Hollywood, giving it an old world elegance. This is the same charming appeal she brought to the film, "The Swan." She plays Princess Alexandra who finds herself torn between obeying her overpowering mother and marrying her cousin, Prince Albert, or following the dictates of her own heart. The battle for her heart is waged by two dashing gentlemen, the prince, Alec Guinness, and the poor but respectable tutor, Louis Jourdan. It is a movie that is entertaining and for those with a romantic disposition!

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26 April 1956 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

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


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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