In the 1951 film "Royal Wedding", an American musical comedy film directed by Stanley Donen and starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell, it is set in 1947 London at the time of the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten. The film follows an American brother-sister song and dance duo who, while performing, each fall in love. The brother falls for a female dancer, and the sister falls for an impoverished but well-connected nobleman.

The film marked Donen's second directorial feature and was released as "Wedding Bells" in the United Kingdom. Movie fans figuratively said, "Astaire's dancing makes it appear as if he is dancing on wall and ceiling." The movie was produced by Arthur Freed, and the film's screenplay was written by Alan Jay Lerner, based on story ideas from Lerner. Besides Astaire and Powell, Sarah Churchill, Peter Lawford, Keenan Wynn, and Albert Sharpe are featured in key supporting roles. Film cinematography was by Robert Planck, editing by Albert Akst, and music scoring by Burton Lane and Lerner (lyrics). Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was in complete charge of all elements of film production.

"Royal Wedding" was a theatrical and commercial success, according to records held by MGM and others. This film grossed $3.9 million at the box office on a budget of $1.7 million. For the year 1951, it was then appropriately listed by 'Variety' as one of the year's top box office hits.

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