Royal Wedding 1951

Royal Wedding

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Vintage MGM musical stuff, characterized by Stanley Donen's fleet direction and some amazing dance performances from star Fred Astaire.

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American sibling song-and-dance team Tom (Fred Astaire) and Ellen Bowen (Jane Powell) are in London in 1947, when all of England is in a tizzy over the impending nuptials of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Ellen falls head over heels for the dashing Lord John Brindale (Peter Lawford), and Tom becomes equally smitten with the elegant Anne Ashmond (Sarah Churchill). The film features one of Astaire's most legendary dance performances, dancing across the ceiling of a hotel room.

Cast & Crew

Jane Powell
Ellen Bowen
Peter Lawford
Lord John Brindale
Sarah Churchill
Anne Ashmond
Keenan Wynn
Irving Klinger, Edgar Klinger
Albert Sharpe
James Ashmond
Viola Roache
Sarah Ashmond (uncredited)
Henri Letondal
Purser (uncredited)
James Finlayson
Cabby (uncredited)
Alex Frazer
Chester (uncredited)
Alan Jay Lerner
Writer (Story)
Burton Lane
Original Music
Albert Sendrey
Original Music
Robert H. Planck
Cinematographer
Albert Akst
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Critic Reviews for Royal Wedding

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (2)

  • Almost wall-to-wall dancing, with a vengeance.

    November 14, 2016 | Full Review…
  • This is an engaging concoction of songs and dances in a standard musical framework, brightly dressed in color to show off its physical attributes.

    August 6, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • A pleasant enough score by Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner, helped out by Donen's stylish direction.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • One swell number, three or four that are good, a laugh here, a laugh there; colored newsreels of the British royal wedding and so long pal. Mr. Astaire has fared better in his lifetime -- and he has also fared much worse.

    March 25, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This is the one in which Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling, an impeccably executed bit of movie magic and a sublime expression of Donen's love for the medium.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • ...for just a moment in Stanley Donen's Royal Wedding we believe that love can make us weightless.

    December 29, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Royal Wedding

  • Sep 05, 2010
    If you love silly love stories with song and dance numbers and a happy ending, you'll like this movie, not love it, but like it. Personally I was bored with all the dancing, and the story didn't keep my interest, but it's not that bad.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2010
    I wasnt crazy about Jane Powell's singing but hey! its fred Astaire. DANCING ON THE CIELING! nothing can go wrong. His girl is not that pretty though...
    Morgan S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2007
    I think MGM musicals are delightful little jewels, no matter how formulaic they can get. And Stanley Donen is the king of all things singing and dancing. So naturally this was going to be good before I even saw it. The dancing is top notch and Jane Powell is so adorable even though I don't like her voice. And Fred Astaire is ageless, floats with a grace I've never seen on anyone else. It's definitely not the best musical I've ever seen but it's thoroughly enjoyable (even though the girl Astaire got with at the end is ugly...) escapsim!
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2007
    Most famous for Astaire dancing around the walls and ceiling of a room during a daydream. Fred's and Jane's performances aren't great otherwise. The story is all just loosely thrown together with as many excuses for dance numbers as possible.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

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