A famous brother-sister dance team (Jane Powell and a much older Fred Astaire) are invited to bring their popular Broadway show to London as part of the festivities leading up to Elizabeth's wedding. Romantic entanglements follow as she falls for a British Lord (Peter Lawford?) and his confirmed bachelorhood is challenged by a chorus dancer (Sarah Churchill, Winston’s daughter). Loosely based on Astaire’s relationship with his sister Adele, an off-putting script full of corny sentiment and anemic romance is little more than a lifeless vehicle for some sparkling dance sequences including a pas de deux with a coatrack, a duet on a tilting dance floor, and Astaire literally hoofing it up on the walls and ceiling of his hotel room thanks to an elaborate rotating set attached to a fixed camera. The music is largely forgettable however and that glaring technicolor threatens to give you a headache long before the final vows.
The transfer quality is very poor, but it is an enjoyable film. I found it a bit creepy that the brother and sister characters in this film tended to dance as characters in a romantic relationship, but apart from that it was lovely.
Would be great to watch the dancing scenes but the DVD is in terrible condition. Skipping, etc.
GREAT 1951 Technicolor film musical (Royal Wedding) with fab beautiful to me 22 year old Jane Powell and mature 52 year old Fred Astaire. Apparently because of the significant age difference they were cast as a brother/sister act, and not a romantic couple. And this did leave room for each to have their own dramatic romances in film plot.
I've been watching many of their films and this one rates up there with the terrific Easter Parade from 1948 - highly recommended.
I do find Jane Powell's acting and dancing fabulous (she already had several years of film experience starting with 'Song of the Open Road' at age 14) but I just have problems with classical operatic soprano style singing.
Lot's of famous scenes in the film - Astaire dancing with the hat rack, and the fabulous dancing on ceiling sequence (which apparently was created using a rotating set with an attached camera which is also rotating - clever!).
I've been seeing so many early Hollywood musicals lately, that when they go to visit the country house it seems that I've seen that same set in several movies. Also the same garden set in the scene next to the river/bridge with paddle boats going by.
Some fun comedy using the Brit/US slang, i,e.; 'Pip Now' - 'Dig You'.
Odd minor observation I had: in a stage street scene one of the buildings on back of the London street had a window with "United State Bank" painted on it. Even stopped film and went back to look closely. Not sure if this was a little joke they slipped in as Britain was one state and the US many.
Really enjoyed Royal Wedding. The Dancing on the Ceiling sequence was great to watch. The extras on the disc were fun also. The Belle of New York was not so hot. Oh, well. Not every movie musical is a winner.
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