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Royal Wedding [1951]

Director:Stanley Donen
Writer:Alan Jay Lerner
Composer:Albert Sendrey
Burton Lane
Length:93 minutes
(1 hour 33 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:86%
Amazon Rating:3.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: 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.

Reaction: Its okay as long as you don't mind—or, preferably, actually enjoy—random musical interludes with singing and/or dancing. Some of them are pretty fun, though.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Stanley Donen => Director
Alan Jay Lerner => Writer
Albert Sendrey => Composer
Burton Lane => Composer
Albert Sharpe => James Ashmond
Fred Astaire => Tom Bowen
Jane Powell => Ellen Bowen
Keenan Wynn => Edgar Klinger / Irving Klinger
Peter Lawford => Lord John Brindale
Sarah Churchill => Anne Ashmond

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The singing voice of Keenan Wynn is dubbed by an uncredited vocalist named [?] Bill Reeve.
  • The story was loosely based on the real-life partnership of Fred Astaire and his sister, [?] Adele Astaire. In real life, Adele married [?] Lord Charles Cavendish, son of the [?] Duke of Devonshire, just as Jane Powell, playing Fred's sister, marries an English Lord at the end of this film.
  • In an interview given shortly after the film was released, Fred Astaire revealed that he had tried dancing with more than thirty commercially available hat racks before the studio had the prop department design and build the one in the film at a final cost was over $900. The hat rack disappeared shortly after the film wrapped.
  • Near the end of filming, Jane Powell discovered she was pregnant.
  • Fred Astaire and Jane Powell sing How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I've Been a Liar All My Life, the longest song title in a Hollywood film.
  • The idea of dancing with a clothes tree had been suggested to Astaire earlier by [?] Hermes Pan.
  • The You're All the World to Me dance was accomplished by putting a whole room, attached camera and harnessed cameraman inside a 20 ft. diameter rotating "squirrel cage."
  • The ship's rocking during Open Your Eyes was based on the Astaires' own dancing experience on a voyage to London in 1923. A boat-rocking device was used to create the film effect.
  • June Allyson was first cast in the role of Ellen, but became pregnant. Judy Garland was cast next, but MGM terminated her studio contract. After being fired from this film, Garland locked herself in a bathroom and scratched her neck with broken glass. There is much dispute over whether it was a serious suicide attempt or a desperate cry for help.