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Two real-life events were incorporated into the plot of the 1951 MGM musical Royal Wedding. One, the marriage of Fred Astaire's sister Adele to a British nobleman had occurred years earlier; the other, the wedding of England's Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip was only four years in the past. MGM would probably have gotten Royal Wedding out closer to the Elizabeth-Philip nuptials, but the picture had leading-lady problems; every girl who was cast either became pregnant, ill, or otherwise unavailable. Finally, Jane Powell was cast as the sister and partner of American-entertainer… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is an engaging concoction of songs and dances in a standard musical framework, brightly dressed in color to show off its physical attributes."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This is the one in which Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling, an impeccably executed bit of movie magic and a sublime expression of Donen's love for the medium."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The plot of this Stanley Donen musical is slender, but it doesn't matter as it features some of Astaire's best dancing, including a number in which he dances on the walls and ceiling."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Stanley Donen in his maiden Gene Kelly-less launch"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Though famous for the number where Astaire dances on the ceiling, this is lower grade material."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A pleasant enough score by Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner, helped out by Donen's stylish direction."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It looks like a million bucks, and it's easy to like, and for [producer Arthur] Freed, that was what mattered."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Family entertainment doesn't get any livelier."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"The slight story is considerably improved by the lively music."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An above average MGM musical, highlighted by Astaire's amazing dance on the ceiling."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"One swell number, three or four that are good, a laugh here, a laugh there; colored newsreels of the British royal wedding and so long pal. Mr. Astaire has fared better in his lifetime -- and he has also fared much worse."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"When all is said and done, Stanley Donen's first solo directorial assignment, after his work with Gene Kelly, is a lovely bit of frou-frou."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Embarrassing nonsense that is barely saved by three classic musical numbers."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Fine MGM musical with wonderful highlight of Astaire dancing on ceiling, walls, etc."
‑ Steve Crum,
"The film's saving grace is Astaire, and the most famous number 'You're All the World to Me' has him dancing on walls and the ceiling in a tour de force by star, director and choreographer."
‑ , Film4
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