A famous brother-sister dance team (Jane Powell and a much older Fred Astaire) are invited to bring their popular Broadway show to London as part of the festivities leading up to Elizabeth's wedding. Romantic entanglements follow as she falls for a British Lord (Peter Lawford?) and his confirmed bachelorhood is challenged by a chorus dancer (Sarah Churchill, Winston’s daughter). Loosely based on Astaire’s relationship with his sister Adele, an off-putting script full of corny sentiment and anemic romance is little more than a lifeless vehicle for some sparkling dance sequences including a pas de deux with a coatrack, a duet on a tilting dance floor, and Astaire literally hoofing it up on the walls and ceiling of his hotel room thanks to an elaborate rotating set attached to a fixed camera. The music is largely forgettable however and that glaring technicolor threatens to give you a headache long before the final vows.
The transfer quality is very poor, but it is an enjoyable film. I found it a bit creepy that the brother and sister characters in this film tended to dance as characters in a romantic relationship, but apart from that it was lovely.
Would be great to watch the dancing scenes but the DVD is in terrible condition. Skipping, etc.
Really enjoyed Royal Wedding. The Dancing on the Ceiling sequence was great to watch. The extras on the disc were fun also. The Belle of New York was not so hot. Oh, well. Not every movie musical is a winner.
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