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Royal Wedding [DVD] [1951]

  • SKU: 10369825
  • Release Date: 06/22/1999
  • Rating: PG
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.
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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

    Special Features


    • Interactive menus
    • Scene selector
    • Dolby Digital
    • Trivia quiz
    • Biography

    Synopsis


    Royal Wedding
    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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Fred Astaire
      Fred Astaire - Tom Bowen
    • Jane Powell
      Jane Powell - Ellen Bowen
    • Peter Lawford
      Peter Lawford - Lord John Brindale
    • Sarah Churchill
      Sarah Churchill - Anne Ashmond
    • Keenan Wynn
      Keenan Wynn - Irving Klinger/Edgar Klinger



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    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love dance movies

      Posted
      Number5
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      I first saw this movie on TCM and thought it was wonderful. I love Fred Astaire and have tried to find every one of his movies that I have seen. One of the things about his films are they are hard to find at a reasonable price. This site is great for prices.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Dancing on the Roof

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      2w0cat5Z
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      This is a very good musical with two fine actors. I really like the dancing on the roof and wall scene with Fred Astaire. These two make a great team.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great DVD

      Posted
      neoz
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      The guy that directed Singing in the Rain? Sure why not, I'll give it a try. After watching it I rather enjoyed it. Glad I picked it up.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love it!

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      JDG1
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      I got this movie because I only had It on online streaming. It is my favorite Fred Astaire!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      RobynM
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      Great movie at a wonderful price, definitely recommend

      I would recommend this to a friend



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