Royal Wedding

Synopsis: Tom and Ellen Bowen are a brother and sister dance act whose show closes in New York. Their agent books them in London for the same period as the Royal Wedding. They travel by ship where Ellen meets and becomes involved with Lord John Brindale. This causes her to miss a rehearsal. Tom (Astaire) uses the time to dance with a hat rack and gym equipment. Later Tom and Ellen attempt a graceful dance number as the ship rolls. Upon arrival Tom holds auditions and meets Anne. There is much indecision by the siblings about their romantic partners even though they are in-the-clouds. Tom dances on the walls and ceiling of his hotel room. All ends well in this light musical. By the way, there is a vaudeville-style dance number in their show that features slapstick. It's a hoot.
Director(s): Stanley Donen
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

(Singing) My Royal day

can be a Royal bore.

It leaves me colder

than a basement floor.

The only moment I keep waiting for,

is when the day will be through.

I never notice if it's dark or clear.

What people say to me I hardly hear.

The passing hours are an endless year

until at last I'm alone with you.

Every night at seven you walk in

as fresh as clover

and I begin to sigh all over again.

Every night at seven

you come by like May returning

and me, o my

I start in yearning again.

You seem to bring

far away spring near me.

I'm always in full bloom

when you're in the room.

For every night at seven,

every time the same thing happens.

I fall once again in love

but only with you.

(Chorus) Every night at seven,

every time the same thing happens.

I fall once again in love,

but only with you.

May I say your performance

was a bit ragged.

You were so slow going around

the throne I almost caught you.

Well the audience

seemed to like it.

It's so hot in New York in the summer.

I'm glad we're closing tomorrow night.

I wonder what happened

to the air conditioning.

Mr. Hiller probably turned it off

to save money.

Oh, would you blot my face too.

Up here it's dripping.

Who's Mr. Hiller?

The house manager.

You ought to know that.

You've been playing his theatre

for the past year and a half.

Is that that evil little man

who comes around and pinches?

That's your department

sister dear.

All I can say is let Mr. Hiller

keep his air conditioning.

He can't take it with him,

and where's he's going, he'll need it.

Boy, it's hot!

If I ever play a king again,

I'll be one of those Asiatic boys

who just wears

earrings and a sheet.

Hey! What's your hurry?


Hi Ellen honey.

I'm sorry to keep you waiting.

You know my brother Tom,

don't you?

No I don't believe

I've had the pleasure.

How are you?

I'm fine Sir,

and thank you for asking.

I'll be out in five. Oh, my peach

you look so nice and cool.

Make yourself at home.

Sit down, anywhere.

- Oh, how was it sir?

- Hot.

Oh, Um your agent stopped

by to see you sir.

Irving. What brought him out

this clammy night?

(Chesley) He didn't say.

He just told me to tell you

it was imperative that you and

Miss Ellen meet him at McGuffie's bar,

next door, right after the performance.

Oh Ellen.

(Ellen) Yeah.

Irving wants us to meet him

at Mcguffies.

Okay. How do you like Pete?

Isn't he cute. He's from the south.

Why Ellen honey,

I never would have guessed it.

He owns miles and miles

of tobacco land in Virginia.

And you ought to hear him chant. I met

him two days ago at Hilda's Barn sales.

And I'm simply mad about him.

Is that all.

That's all.


Miss Ellen seems quite taken.

Doesn't she?

This will probably be one of those long

affairs that drags on a whole evening.

(Radio) News overseas concerns the

Royal Wedding in London.

The British capital is already

festive and happy

in anticipation of the wedding,

which is still several weeks off.

- Towel.

- Ssh. Please Sir.

(Radio Broadcast contd.)

As for the Princess,

the most guarded secret in England

since radar is her wedding gown.

The Princess herself will see it

for the first time this weekend.

- Just give me...

- Please Sir.

(Radio Broadcast cont.)

Other news. In Miami Florida,

a new tropical hurricane

seems to be approaching.

Can I talk now?

Yes Sir, You know Mr. Bowen

I danced in Trafalgar Square

the day her grandfather

was married.

I'd give anything to be there again

this fall, wouldn't you?

Yes. I like weddings provided,

of course, they're not mine.

Oh, marriages

are very healthy sir.

They say married men live

much longer that bachelors.

If that's true, they're only trying

to outlive their wives

so they can be bachelors again.

Haven't you ever thought

of getting married Sir?


as a matter of fact I did.

The young lady changed

her mind at the last moment.

I've been indebted to her

ever since.

Goodnight Chesley.

Gee, I wonder what Irving wants?

I hope it's something that...

My gosh what a muscle,

It's like cement.

Oh, it's nothing.

All us tobacco men get kinda strong.

- What from?

- Lifting money.

(Loud laughter)

Come now

it wasn't that good.

- Good night Eddie.

- Goodnight.

- Good night Eddie.

- Goodnight.

He's the only stage door man

I know that isn't called pop.

Hello Bill.

Hi Irv.

I couldn't wait for you

backstage tonight.

What's it with that heat? Who needs it?

So how was the show?

- The first act was a little...

- Dollboat, how are you baby?

Fine. How are you?

- Oh, you look so sweet tonight.

- I do, don't I?

Okay. Come on, order.

I got new, big news.

Can I present

Pete Cumberley?

How do you do, Mr. Cumberley.

It's a great pleasure.

Thank you Sir.

That's very nice.

- Who's this square?

- A friend.

- A Tom Collins please.

- Nothing for me, thanks.

Hit me with a rye.

Shall I give it to you?

What is it?

This'll kill you. My brother Edgar

called tonight from England.

He's the boss of our London

Office, been there for years.

The Mayfair Theatre people

want your whole show for London.


But quick they want you there

during the wedding season.

- England during the wedding.

- I like that.

Oh, Tommy.

Ellen honey, does this mean

you'll be leaving me?

Yes Pete. Isn't it wonderful?

When do we open?

As soon as possible. Of course you

gotta rehearse the English cast first.

Hit me son.

What about transportation?

There's some French boat

leaving a week from next Monday.

Which one?

Who knows what's the name,

it's in French.

Don't worry I'll get you on it.

Ellen, this means we'll be

saying good-bye in ten days.

Oh yes Pete I'm so happy.

- Ellen.

- Oh, hello Dick.

I was waiting for you backstage.

That's why I'm late. I'm sorry.

- Ellen, who is this fella?

- Finish your drink Pete.

Did you hear the good news?

We're going to England

and we'll be there during the wedding!

What are you doing here, Sir?

- What do you mean? Who's he?

- A friend.

What are you doing here Sir?

I demand an answer.

Go peddle your papers!

When do you leave?

- That's an insult.

- What's an insult?

(Argument in background)

This is terribly embarrassing.

I forgot all about Dick.

I hope they don't hit each other.

We ought to start packing.

I have to buy all my new clothes

before I go.

You'll have time.

I'll send the rest of the Company

the week after you leave.

- I wonder what they'll be wearing?

- I don't know.

- Pay the man, will you?

- Sure. How much do we owe you?

- May I?

- Yes you may.

And keep the change.

I have a little business to take care of,

I'll meet you on deck.

Okay sister dear.

Hello Billy.

This is good-bye.

Thanks for coming down

to see me off.

It's hard saying good-bye

after all we've been to each other.

I know,

it's been a lovely three days.

But I'll be back soon.

Oh, dear.

I must go now.

May I walk you

up the gangplank?

Well, I'd rather you wouldn't,

you understand.

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Alan Jay Lerner

Alan Jay Lerner (August 31, 1918 – June 14, 1986) was an American lyricist and librettist. In collaboration with Frederick Loewe, and later Burton Lane, he created some of the world's most popular and enduring works of musical theatre both for the stage and on film. He won three Tony Awards and three Academy Awards, among other honors. more…

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