The Swan

The Swan

Grace Kelly
Director: Charles Vidor Cast: Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
, Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
, Louis Jourdan
Louis Jourdan
Charles Vidor

DVD (Remastered / Full Frame)

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Frances Howard starred as Princess Alexandria in the 1925 silent version of Ferenc Molnar's play The Swan; Lillian Gish assumed the role in the 1930 talkie version. The third and final adaptation starred Grace Kelly, who had one slight advantage over her predecessors; she would soon become a real princess instead of a make-believe one. And don't think that MGM, knowing full well that Grace would retire from moviemaking upon ascending the throne of Monaco, didn't carefully select the timeworn Molnar play for the express purpose of extra publicity. Outside of its mercenary considerations, The Swan is an enjoyable bittersweet tale of a princess who falls in love with her handsome tutor (Louis Jourdan), only to be required to give him up in favor of an arranged marriage of state. The nicest element of the story is that the prince to whom Kelly is engaged, as played by Alec Guinness, is a decent sort, who voluntarily asks for the princess' hand instead of forcing the issue. Of course, the issue has been forced upon him when he realizes the depth of the love Kelly harbors for her tutor. It may well be that this version of The Swan will be the last; on the other hand, who'd a' thunk that someone would want to make Sabrina again in 1995?

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2010
UPC: 0883316288047
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 4,191

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Grace Kelly Princess Alexandra
Alec Guinness Prince Albert
Louis Jourdan Dr. Nicholas Agi
Agnes Moorehead Queen Maria Dominika
Jesse Royce Landis Princess Beatrix
Brian Aherne Father Hyacinth
Leo G. Carroll Caesar
Estelle Winwood Symphorosa
Van Dyke Parks George
Robert Coote Capt. Wunderlich
Doris Lloyd Countess Sigenstayn
Edith Barrett Beatrix's Maid
Jessie Royce Actor
Christopher Cooke Arsene

Technical Credits
Charles Vidor Director
John Dighton Screenwriter
Randall Duell Art Director
John D. Dunning Editor
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Ferenc Molnar Screenwriter
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Dore Schary Producer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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