Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding

Fred Astaire
Director: Stanley Donen Cast: Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
, Jane Powell
Jane Powell
, Peter Lawford
Peter Lawford
Stanley Donen


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Two real-life events were incorporated into the plot of the 1951 MGM musical Royal Wedding. One, the marriage of Fred Astaire's sister Adele to a British nobleman had occurred years earlier; the other, the wedding of England's Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip was only four years in the past. MGM would probably have gotten Royal Wedding out closer to the Elizabeth-Philip nuptials, but the picture had leading-lady problems; every girl who was cast either became pregnant, ill, or otherwise unavailable. Finally, Jane Powell was cast as the sister and partner of American-entertainer Fred Astaire. The plot has Astaire and Powell heading to Merrie Olde England to perform at the palace. Once they've arrived, Powell breaks up the act when she falls in love with blueblooded Peter Lawford. Astaire himself finds romance in the form of Sarah Churchill (daughter of Sir Winston), and the four happy campers gleefully attend the titular Windsor Castle wedding. Also in the cast is Albert Sharpe, fresh from his Broadway triumph in Finian's Rainbow, and Keenan Wynn, hilarious as twin cousins. The plot is so light that it threatens to float away at times, but Royal Wedding sticks in the memory thanks to its first-rate musical numbers. The Astaire/Powell duets are entertaining enough; the real magic, however, occurs in Astaire's two solos: the hat-rack duet and the now-legendary tap-dance on the ceiling (even knowing how this cinematic legerdemain was accomplished does not detract from its brilliance and virtuosity). Because it has slipped into public domain, Royal Wedding is one of the most easily accessible of all the Fred Astaire musicals.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2016
UPC: 0889290125484
Original Release: 1951
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 5,480

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Tom Bowen
Jane Powell Ellen Bowen
Peter Lawford Lord John Brindale
Sarah Churchill Anne Ashmond
Keenan Wynn Irving Klinger/Edgar Klinger
Albert Sharpe James Ashmond
Jack Daley Pop
Bess Flowers Woman Guest
Wilson Benge Eddie
Francis Bethencourt Charles Gordon
William Cabanne Dick
Andre Charisse Steward
Mae Clarke Phone Operator
James Finlayson Cabby
Alex Frazer Chester, Tom's valet
John Hedloe Billy
Henri Letondal Purser
Richard Lupino Singing Elevator Boy
Stanley Mann Cabdriver
Phyllis Morris Singing Woman
Leonard Mudie Singing Doorman
Kerry O'Day Linda
Albert Pollet Steward
Jack Reilly Pete Comberly
Viola Roache Sarah Ashmond
David Thursby Singing Bobby
Wilson Wood Drinker
Vera-Ellen Actor
Marjorie Main Actor
Alice Pearce Actor
Clinton Sundberg Actor
Gale Robbins Actor

Technical Credits
Stanley Donen Director
Albert Akst Editor
Nick Castle Choreography
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Johnny Green Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Burton Lane Score Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Score Composer,Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Robert Planck Cinematographer
Albert Sendrey Score Composer
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Alfred E. Spencer Set Decoration/Design
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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