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Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory, Volume 2: The Pirate / Words and Music / That's Dancing / The Belle of New York & Royal Wedding / That Midnight Kiss & The Toast of New Orleans

Fred Astaire , Jane Powell , Charles Walters , Jack Haley Jr.    G (General Audience)   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling in this 1951 Alan Jay Lerner musical for MGM, directed by Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain). The appealing story finds Astaire as part of a brother-and-sister act (along with Jane Powell) that travels to London at the time of Queen Elizabeth II's wedding. Astaire and Powell each find romances that threaten to break up the act, but that's mostly fun window dressing in a movie better known for some truly creative sequences made vivid by Donen, including Astaire's famous dance with a hat rack and his duet with Powell, "How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You (When You Know I've Been a Liar All My Life)?" --Tom Keogh

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Films Include: The Pirate Starring Judy Garland And Gene Kelly And Directed By Vincente Minnelli With Music By Cole Porter; That'S Dancing Executive Produced By Gene Kelly; Words And Music With Music And Lyrics By Rodgers And Hart, And Starring Mickey Roo

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3.0 out of 5 stars One Good,one bad for the peerless Astaire Feb. 2 2010
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
This release by MGM of two early /50s films starring THE legendary man of dance Fred Astaire,offers up his two successively made projects;one good the other not so good.However both are in brilliant technicolour and quite pleasing to the eye.
Royal Wedding(released in Mar/51)stars Fred as Tom Bowen and Jane Powell as his sister Ellen.They are a popular sister and brother act with the sister being kind of a male magnet.When the two get a chance to take their show to the London stage,they jump at it.While in London Ellen succumbs to a little too much male extra circular actvitiy with an English Lord Brindale(Peter Lawford);much to the chagrin of her brother.However the love bug eventually strikes Tom too and he falls hard for one Miss Ashmond(Sarah Churchill).Their act is a smash on the London stage while the course of true love doesn't necessarily run smooth for either.When the day of the real Royal Wedding of the now Queen of England comes around Tom and Ellen,who are by now pretty much set to marry their love interests,decide it would be foolish to break up the act for marriage.They vow to remain single but when the royal couple leave the church they break down and both go running after their respective mates.The film ends with a pull-back shot of the now married foursome leaving the church.
Those that know anything about Astaire will immediately see how this film is loosely based on his own career with his first and best partner,his sister Adele.Adele fell for an English Lord that inevitably broke up the act in the early /30s.Royal Wedding I would give about 3 1/2 stars;a good picture but certainly not one of Astaires best.However there are more than enough moments in this film for him to shine,and shine he does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing on the Ceiling again June 5 2003
Fred Astaire and Jane Powell are a highly successful sibling dance team. They are given the chance to take their show to London at the same time as the Royal Wedding. Fred and Jane each meet prospective mates (Jane's is a Lord) and in typical musical fashion, they all make their commitments at the end.
This is a classic movie with excellent acting, singing, dancing and good humor. This is the movie that inspired the song "Dancing on the ceiling" and is also the one where Fred shows he can make any partner look good (even a hat stand). You even get to see Fred and Jane try to impress an audience on an ocean liner while the boat rocks uncontrollably in the rough seas; hilarious.
There are no special features on this DVD (I often find special features to be a waste), but that does not detract form being able to own this timeless classic
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Jane Powell's finest musicals July 7 2002
ROYAL WEDDING gives Jane Powell one of her most glittering showcases. The film features several great songs and a charming backstage-type story.
Jane Powell and Fred Astaire play a brother-sister dance act who are invited to perform in London during the festivities of Queen Elizabeth II's wedding. The rest of the film is a frothy, tunesome delight that is totally charming.
Powell gets to wrap her crystalline chops around the song "Too Late Now" (arguably the score's highlight), while Fred Astaire performs his memorable dance that roams the walls and ceiling of his hotel-room.
Sarah Churchill (the daughter of Prime Minister Winston Churchill), plays Astaire's prim love interest, while Peter Lawford plays suitor to Jane Powell. The film also features Keenan Wynn playing twins in a highly-amusing performance.
The songs include "Every Night at Seven" and "I Left My Hat in Haiti".
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, [not pleased with DVD quality] Feb. 24 2002
There are two classic Fred Astaire performances in this movie: the dance with the hat rack and his dance on the walls and ceiling. These alone are worth the price of admission. The story is a bit weak and seems mainly an excuse to send the crew to England for the royal wedding of Mountbatten. Still it's very enjoyable.
...The color consistency [of the DVD version] varies from scene to scene and even within a scene. The picture is never sharp and often displays serious compression artifacts. Goodtimes, the publisher of this mess, includes the disclaimer that the DVD was made "using the best available sources". Best available means some low-quality VHS tape they had sitting in the closet since they had to access to the master film. The audio is also horrible - noisy and jumbled.
...if you want to enjoy this movie, buy the VHS tape - it's far better...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for your collection!! April 5 2003
Format:VHS Tape
If you love Astaire, you'll love this one!! His amazing dance on the walls and ceiling from the movie has become so famous that, across the years, it has overshadowed the very real event around which the lush MGM musical was staged.
Fred and his sister (Jane Powell), find themselves performing in London at the time of the incredible festivities celebrating the Coronation of the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II. Just to get into the swing of things, they both fall in love, and in a marvelously staged finality, they make it a double wedding, just as the Queen receives her Crown. With an ensemble cast which includes Peter Lawford and Sarah Churchill, and Keenan Wynn, you'll need this one to keep your toes tapping!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Another great Fred Astaire movie, this one has a twist since he isn't dancing with Ginger. But he and Jane dance well together.
Published 3 months ago by joyce siemens
4.0 out of 5 stars Bon film d'Astaire
Quel beau film du temps du cinéma Noir & Blanc. Beau numéro de danse de Monsieur Astaire de Mme Powell
Published 13 months ago by Gilles Laplante
3.0 out of 5 stars One Good,one bad from the peerless Astaire!
This release by MGM of two early /50s films starring THE legendary man of dance Fred Astaire,offers up his two successively made projects;one good the other not so good. Read more
Published on May 20 2012 by ruthhana10
5.0 out of 5 stars You're All the World to Me
The incomparable Fred Astaire and the talented Jane Powell team in this film about a bother/sister act (loosely biographical of Fred and Adele Astaire, Adele retiring from the act... Read more
Published on April 25 2009 by L. Grey
3.0 out of 5 stars Fred Astaire deserved better
A brother-sister dance team go to England to perform at the time of Princess Elizabeth's wedding. Both siblings are devoted to the act and claim to have no interest in romance, but... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2009 by Kona
3.0 out of 5 stars Comparison of two releases
The 2001 digitally remastered GoodTimes DVD if far superior in both picture and sound than this 2002 Alpha Video DVD. -- Roy
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by Roy Taghon
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice dancing and music, but very dull
This movie would have been a complete failure if Fred Astaire hadn't starred in it. I found it to be exceptionally dull. Read more
Published on April 23 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Good movie ruined by bad transfer
I'll never understand why the major studios allow dinky little production companies to release their movies on below standard DVDs. Read more
Published on March 26 2003 by jenbird
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable movie.
It's a very enjoyable Fred Astaire movie and has the dancing on the ceiling episode that is regarded as a movie milestone. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2003 by Paul Phelps
1.0 out of 5 stars A Great Fred Film in the Worst Quality
My wife and I have been Fred Astaire fans for many years, and look forward to these classics being released on DVD. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2002 by Edward A. Schultz
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