Royal Wedding (1951)

STANLEY DONEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5

USA, 1951.  .  Story and Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1951.  

If you had the choice between this musical and The Band Wagon, I’d strongly recommend the latter (even The Barkleys of Broadway would be better).  and sister are a show business team who are performing their musical in London during the real-life hubbub of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding to Prince Philip of Greece. They both find romance during the preparations, she with  and he with (Winston Churchill’s daughter; dancer Moira Shearer was originally offered the role but was unable to commit). The scene where Astaire dances on the ceiling is the main highlight in an otherwise routine musical.

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