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August 14, 2017
Thankfully, you can skip through the parts that just don't hold up. In my case that's every time someone sings without dancing. Don't miss the ship board dance on the rolling sea. Remember, when they fall down, there are no stunt doubles. My favorite number is "How can I believe you when you've been a liar all your life," involving the tricky business of singing, dancing and chewing gum at the same time. Of course we all love the dancing up the walls bit, which holds up even now. The plot is so weak it's completely maddening. By the way, the official blurb for this movie doesn't even get it right. They don't actually attend the Royal Wedding. Fred Astaire's love interest is the daughter of a pubkeeper. I guess no one paid or pays attention to the plot, then or now.
½ July 13, 2017
dancing on the ceiling is a must-watch, even if you eon't like musicals!
June 30, 2017
This wonderful little Astaire rom-com immediately felt like a cozy blanket that's always been with me. My knowledge is admittedly limited, but it's my favorite of Freddy's films: a familiar but appealing story, quick screwball dialogue ("How could you believe me when I said I love you when you know I've been a liar all my life?), great chemistry between the brother-sister leads, all peppered with randomly colorful and impressively catchy musical numbers. Top-notch, fluffy Hollywood entertainment.
June 4, 2016
Charles Walters' colorful MGM musical features Astaire's famous dance on the ceiling, but it's really Jane Powell - in her first adult film role - that sparkles, matching Astaire in their numbers together and singing several lovely ballads, including the Oscar-nominated "Too Late Now." Sarah Churchill was Winston's daughter.
½ May 10, 2016
Who would not want to see Fred Astaire for his fabulous dance routines and for Peter Lawford and his suave Lady Killer persona....Jane Powell adds the beautiful girl power to the movie and Boom!!! another great musical the likes will never be seen again by audiences in big screen movie Sad. Luckily will still can see them on our big screen high definition TV's in the comfort of our homes....
January 2, 2016
Timeless classic with one of my favourite Fred Astaire dance numbers ever!
July 8, 2014
A fun movie about a brother-sister dancing duo who are used to traveling and attention and how they each grow up to find true love.
Jane Powell plays a cute and glowing part! :)
April 24, 2014
The only downside here is \sarah Churchill !
April 2, 2014
Enjoyable Astaire vehicle with a brilliant scene where he dances on all four walls, ceiling and floor of a room in the same uncut shot.
February 22, 2014
It breezes by with hilarity and entertainment. It features one of Fred's more famous dance sequence, him dancing on the wall and ceiling, is quite a sight to behold. There isn't anything exceptional about this movie other than the dancing and music. And why should there be? You have Fred Astaire and Jane Powell doing what they do best. Although, if there was one exceptional thing about this movie to take from, it's that Fred Astaire can even make a coat hanger a wonderful dancer.
½ December 22, 2013
The movie is memorable for its famous ceiling dance and coat hanger dance. In fact, all the musical numbers are great. The love story was just okay and it would have made sense to just make Fred Astaire and Jane Powell's characters lovers instead of siblings.

Grade: B+
December 16, 2013
gets a star 4 dancing on the ceiling
½ October 21, 2013
Making Astaire amd Jane Powell brother/sister really drains the dramatic tension out of the film, especially since they do the majority of the dancing together. Winston Chuchill's daughter Sarah is a bore, at least in this. Just a bottom of the barrell musical, not even Fred's dancing on he walls scene can help to save this movie. All of the musical numbers are subpar. and even Astaire's dancing suffers. He also looks older here than he does in later films like The Band Wagon.
October 9, 2013
Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling -- that's worth three stars alone.
December 12, 2012
fred astaire never failed to bring such a good movie :)
December 7, 2012
Worth finding and watching!
½ January 19, 2012
The story isn't that interesting, and nothing much really goes on, but the performances are incredible, especially the great Fred Astaire, who is a fantastic spectacle to watch. And Jane Powell is a delight as well.
August 28, 2011
Rodd gave it a 3, Ethan gave it a 1.5. I gave it a 4 for napping through.
August 18, 2011
Good watch. Tom (Astaire) and his sister Ellen (Powell) are a brother and sister dancing act, and are shocked to find themselves booked to give a show for Princess Elizabeth's wedding in England. Once their, they both unexpectedly find love, Tom a dancer (Churchill), and Ellen Lord Brindale. Will it get in the way of the show? "Royal Wedding" may not be as good as "The Band Wagon" or "Meet Me in St. Louis", but it certainly is a fun find! Fred and Jane are surprisingly great as siblings, and was considered to copy Fred and his sister Adele's relationship back when they performed together. This movie wouldn't be half as fun though if they didn't have Stanley Donen as a director. This was his first real directing job, and had already had experience working with Gene Kelly in "Cover Girl" and "On the Town" so at this point he knew what he was doing. It was him that added all of the fun scenes in both the movies, and showed his brilliance when he had Astaire dancing on the ceiling! That's a cool thing to see, and I actually researched it to find out how they actually filmed it. I was that good! This was one of the last Technicolor musicals after gradually shifting to CinemaScope and Deluxe, and it certainly looks good. Hint for the other viewers: skip this on play instantly-- it looks terrible. I caught this on TCM and found it to look very vibrant, and trust me, you wouldn't want to miss out on it! "Royal Wedding" might not be the best of the best, but is certainly a movie that will put you in a good mood.
½ August 18, 2011
Jane Powell puts in an effective effort, but without Astaire's fantastic numbers (and his tremendous talent) the movie would be little more than a flimsy train of events that is really forgetable to me. C-
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