Review: ‘Royal Wedding’

This is an engaging concoction of songs and dances in a standard musical framework, brightly dressed in color to show off its physical attributes.

This is an engaging concoction of songs and dances in a standard musical framework, brightly dressed in color to show off its physical attributes.

Score uses up nine tunes to back the singing and terping, and two of the numbers are sock enough to almost carry the picture by themselves. They are Astaire’s solo dance on a ceiling, upside-down, and the teaming with Powell in a sort of Frankie-and-Johnny-apache-hepcat presentation that will click with audiences.

The ceiling stepping to the Burton Lane-Alan Jay Lerner ‘You’re All the World to Me’ combines technical magic and Astaire’s foot wizardry into a potent novelty. ‘How Could You Believe Me’ sets up the earthy Astaire-Powell delivery of the other outstanding musical sequence.

Light plot sees Astaire and Powell as a brother-sister team of Broadway musical stars. They go to London to open their show during the period when preparations are being made for the royal marriage. In between presentation of the musical numbers. Astaire falls in love with Sarah Churchill, show hoofer, and Powell catches the love bug from Peter Lawford, an English lord-romeo.

1951: Nomination: Best Song (‘Too Late Now’)

Royal Wedding

Production

M-G-M. Director Stanley Donen; Producer Arthur Freed; Screenplay Alan Jay Lerner; Camera Robert Planck; Editor Albert Akst; Music Johnny Green (dir.)

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1951. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Fred Astaire Jane Powell Peter Lawford Sarah Churchill Keenan Wynn Albert Sharpe
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