Cinema: The New Pictures, Mar. 12, 1951

Royal Wedding (MGM) illustrates what is wrong with most splashy Techni-colored cinemusicals—and how entertaining they can sometimes be in spite of it.

The film lacks the pace and style of a good Broadway show (or of MGM's own On the Town). Its songs & dances serve merely as interludes in the kind of plot that cinemagoers know too well. But within these tired limits, the movie offers some amusing comedy, expert staging of individual numbers, bright lyrics by Alan Jay (Brigadoon) Lerner and, best of all, Fred Astaire who, at 51, has never danced...

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