Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding

Streaming Video - 2015
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Stage stars Tom and Ellen Bowen embark to open their show in England. Innocent-seeming Ellen is a female Don Juan and doesn't take dancing as seriously as brother Tom; on shipboard she meets her match, Lord John Brindale. Arrived in London, confirmed bachelor Tom auditions and is taken with cool dancer Anne Ashmond. Will romance break up the act?
Publisher: [United States] : The Film Detective : Made available through hoopla, 2015
Branch Call Number: Streaming Hoopla Video
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 93 min.)) : sd., col

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Veepea Oct 02, 2017

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.

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cdb3145
Jan 09, 2017

Would be great to watch the dancing scenes but the DVD is in terrible condition. Skipping, etc.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jul 15, 2016

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.

DangerMousePM Apr 16, 2012

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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