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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:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Svanen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dr. Agi points out the star Vega to Alexandra. Vega is notably part of the Summer Triangle, a constellation made from other constellations: Aquila the Hawk, Lyra the lyre, and Cygnus the swan. See more »

Quotes

Princess Beatrix: I noticed the roses are already beginning to bloom.
Head Gardener: They're just at their best, your highness.
Princess Beatrix: I don't want them at their best until the day after tomorrow. Hold them back.
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Connections

Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.31 (1956) See more »

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A masterpiece
17 November 2016 | by duanyfinancialSee all my reviews

The Swan was the last vehicle for Oscar-winner Grace Kelly, it would be her swan song, if you pardon the pun, and it was one of her best. This comedy of manners, about Royals, was set at the end of La Belle Epoque(1870-1914), and it evoked the values of a bygone era in 1956, when it was made, yet it also encompassed everyday values of family, and romance. It also exemplified class distinction, and the beauty of first love. The acting is superb by all, and the direction of Charles Vidor(Gilda), and production by Dore Schary, was magnificent. This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout, and most important of all, this movie will bring out the rarest of emotions, it will make you cry, and laugh, at the same time.


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