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Royal Wedding (March 23, 1951)

Royal Wedding
 

Released on March 23, 1951: (running time 1 hour and 33 minutes) Fred Astaire dances his most famous and remembered dance sequence in this Royal Romantic Comedy.

Directed by Stanley Donen

The Actors: Fred Astaire (Tom Bowen), Jane Powell (Ellen Bowen), Peter Lawford (Lord John Brindale), Sara Churchill (Anne Ashmond), Keenan Wynn (Irving Klinger and Edgar Klinger), Albert Sharpe (James 'Jaime' Ashmond), Bea Allen (dancer in the Haiti number), Wilson Benge (Eddie), Margaret Bert (Ellen's maid), Francis Bethencourt (Charles Gordon), William Cabanne (Dick), Andre Charisse (Steward), Mae Clark (telephone operator #1), Carmen Clifford (dancer in the Haiti number), James Conaty (Royal Attendant), Oliver Cross (backstage guest), Joan Dale (dancer in the Haiti number), Jack Daley (Pop), Italia DeNubila (dancer in the Haiti number), Helen Dickson (woman in the carriage with Lord John), Marietta Elliott (dancer in the Haiti number), Herbert Evans (Royal Attendant), James Fiarfax (Harry), James Finlayson (cabby), Bess Flowers (backstage guest), Alex Frazer (Chester, Tom's Valet), Jack Gargan (bartender), Shirley Glickman (dancer in the Haiti number), Betty Hannon (dancer in the Haiti number), Jean Harrison (dancer in the Haiti number), Doreen Hayward (dancer in the Haiti number), John Hedloe (Billy), James Horne Jr. (young man), Marian Horosko (dancer in the Haiti number), Wendy Howard (chorus girl), Tommy Hughes (singing man), Charlotte Hunter (dancer in the Haiti number), Lucille Lamarr (dancer in the Haiti number), Janet Lavis (dancer in the Haiti number), Virginia Lee (dancer in the Haiti number), Judy Lenson (dancer in the Haiti number), Henri Letondal (purser), Richard Lupino (singing elevator boy), Stanley Mann (cab driver), Svetlana McLe (dancer in the Haiti number), Sheila Meers (dancer in the Haiti number), Phyllis Morris (singing woman), Leonard Mudie (singing doorman), Kerry O'Day (Linda), Jetsy Parker (dancer in the Haiti number), 'Snub' Pollard (onlooker on the street), Albert Pollet (steward), John R. Reilly (Pete Cumberly), Shirley Jean Rickert (dancer in the Haiti number) Viola Roache (Sarah Ashmond), Pat Simms (dancer in the Haiti number), Bert Stevens (Military Officer on the street), David Thursby (singing Bobby), Dee Turnell (dancer in the Haiti number), Dorothy Tuttle (dancer in the Haiti number), Joan Vohs (dancer in the Haiti number), Dorothea Ward (dancer in the Haiti number), Pat Williams (Barbara), Eric Wilton (the toasting drunk in the bar), Helen Winston (telephone operator #2), Doris Wolcott (dancer in the Haiti number), Wilson Wood (drinker)

 

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A Lovely Day for a Wedding

If you wanted to name the most memorable American statesman, I think the names that would fight for the number one spot would be George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. If you were in England asking for the name of the most memorable British statesman, I think that there wouldn’t even be a second of hesitation before answering. Prime Minister Winston Churchill guided the British Empire successfully through its darkest days ever. Hold that thought as I segue to a different path, because we will be back to Sir Winston Churchill.

This story is based loosely on the real-life experiences of brother and sister dance team Fred Astaire and his sister Adele Astaire. In real life, just as in this movie story, Fred Astaire’s sister and dance partner Adele married British Royalty. Adele left the dance team to marry Lord Charles Arthur Francis Cavendish, the second son of the 9th Duke of Devonshire, living in a castle in Ireland.

In this adventure, while the sister of the dance team is falling in love with royalty, Fred Astaire’s character also falls in love with a beautiful British woman, played by Sarah Churchill. She was named after one of her ancestors, Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. Her full name is Sarah Millicent Hermione Touchet-Jesson, Baroness Audley. Sarah was the second daughter of Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Fred Astaire dances two of his most iconic dance routines in this one story. First, he dances gleefully with a coat rack as his partner. Later, in an unforgettable dance routine, he is so much in love with the character played by Sarah Churchill that he dances on the walls and ceiling of his hotel room. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

 

Albert Sharpe
Albert Sharpe
Fred Astaire and Albert Sharpe
Fred Astaire and Albert Sharpe
Fred Astaire and Alex Frazer
Fred Astaire and Alex Frazer
Fred Astaire and Jane Powell
Fred Astaire and Jane Powell
Fred Astaire and Keenan Wynn
Fred Astaire and Keenan Wynn
Fred Astaire and Keenan Wynn
Fred Astaire and Keenan Wynn
Fred Astaire dancing with a coat rack
Fred Astaire dancing with a coat rack
Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
Henri Letondal and Fred Astaire
Henri Letondal and Fred Astaire
Jane Powell and Fred Astaire
Jane Powell and Fred Astaire
Jane Powell and Fred Astaire
Jane Powell and Fred Astaire
Jane Powell and Peter Lawford
Jane Powell and Peter Lawford
Jane Powell and Peter Lawford
Jane Powell and Peter Lawford
Jane Powell singing on the ship
Jane Powell singing on the ship
Jane Powell
Jane Powell
John Hedloe, Jane Powell and John R. Reilly
John Hedloe, Jane Powell and John R. Reilly
Keenan Wynn and Mae Clarke
Keenan Wynn and Mae Clarke
Peter Lawford, Jane Powell and Fred Astaire
Peter Lawford, Jane Powell and Fred Astaire
Peter Lawford and Jane Powell driving through the British countryside
Peter Lawford and Jane Powell
Peter Lawford kisses Jane Powell
Fred Astaire, Sarah Churchill
Richard Lupino and Keenan Wynn
Richard Lupino and Keenan Wynn
Sarah Churchill and Viola Roache
Sarah Churchill and Viola Roache
Sarah Churchill
Sarah Churchill
Sarah Churchill
Sarah Churchill