Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding

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Director: Stanley Donen

Cast: Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford

     
 

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Fred Astaire's 1951 romantic musical Royal Wedding comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is decent, but is not anything spectacular. This is a bare bones release, but fans of Astaire may find the inexpensive list price worthwhile. All in all, there is little hereSee more details below

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Fred Astaire's 1951 romantic musical Royal Wedding comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is decent, but is not anything spectacular. This is a bare bones release, but fans of Astaire may find the inexpensive list price worthwhile. All in all, there is little here for the average DVD consumer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Royal Wedding is an excellent example of a film the strengths of which are so strong as to make its considerable weaknesses almost irrelevant. Among those weaknesses, the most problematic is the screenplay. Alan Jay Lerner's story is commonplace, even if set against the backdrop of the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. The dialogue is generally good, but the plot offers little in the way of suspense or surprise. The real sizzle and fire come from elsewhere: the cast, the score, and the dancing. Fred Astaire is marvelous, demonstrating in his musical numbers that no other male performer -- even those with technically superior voices -- was better at interpreting a song. His dance numbers here include two of his best: the "Sunday Jumps" gym sequence with the classic hat rack duet and the much heralded "You're All the World to Me," in which he dances up the walls and across the ceiling of his room. Jane Powell is not his equal as a dance partner, but she comes off very well in the amusing "How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I've Been a Liar All My Life." Powell also gets to handle the beautiful and unfortunately overlooked ballad "Too Late Now," which contains a melody of admirable purity. Stanley Donen's direction is assured, glossing over the film's shortcomings and knowing how to showcase its assets. Royal Wedding may fall just shy of being a classic, but its highlights are among the best the musical film has to offer.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2002
UPC:
0089218301895
Original Release:
1951
Source:
Alpha Video
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
83,533

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Tom Bowen
Jane Powell Ellen Bowen
Peter Lawford Lord John Brindale
Sarah Churchill Anne Ashmond
Keenan Wynn Irving Klinger/Edgar Klinger
Albert Sharpe James Ashmond
Jack Daley Pop
Bess Flowers Woman Guest
Wilson Benge Eddie
Francis Bethencourt Charles Gordon
William Cabanne Dick
Andre Charisse Steward
Mae Clarke Phone Operator
James Finlayson Cabby
Alex Frazer Chester, Tom's valet
John Hedloe Billy
Henri Letondal Purser
Richard Lupino Singing Elevator Boy
Stanley Mann Cabdriver
Phyllis Morris Singing Woman
Leonard Mudie Singing Doorman
Kerry O'Day Linda
Albert Pollet Steward
Jack Reilly Pete Comberly
Viola Roache Sarah Ashmond
David Thursby Singing Bobby
Wilson Wood Drinker
Vera-Ellen Actor
Marjorie Main Actor
Alice Pearce Actor
Clinton Sundberg Actor
Gale Robbins Actor

Technical Credits
Stanley Donen Director
Albert Akst Editor
Nick Castle Choreography
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Johnny Green Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Burton Lane Score Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Score Composer,Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Robert Planck Cinematographer
Albert Sendrey Score Composer
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Alfred E. Spencer Set Decoration/Design
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Chapter 1 [18:00]
3. Chapter 2 [16:23]
4. Chapter 3 [21:09]
5. Chapter 4 [21:23]

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