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A brother-and-sister musical team find romance when they tour to London for Elizabeth II's wedding.
As soon as brother and sister dance team Tom and Ellen Brown's long-running Broadway show closes, they learn from their agent, Irving Klinger, that the show has been booked by his London-based brother Edgar to play at the Mayfair theater during the festivities surrounding the wedding of Princess Elizabeth. A few days later, the flirtatious Ellen leaves her suitors on the dock while she and Tom set sail for England. As she boards, Ellen catches the eye of Lord John Brindale, a well-known "skirt chaser," who winks at her. During the voyage, Johnny and Ellen are amused by their similarities and begin a romance. Once in London, Tom warns Ellen not to party during rehearsals, and Ellen promises to be good. On the way to auditions for the show, Tom encounters Anne Ashmond on the street. She thinks that he is following her and is surprised when she discovers that he is the show's star. Tom immediately hires her for a part in the show, then asks her out that night. Back at the hotel, Ellen and Tom both say they are turning in early, then separately sneak out to meet their respective dates. During the evening, Anne tells Tom that she has loved to dance since childhood, when she would sometimes imagine herself dancing on the ceiling. Later she takes Tom to a pub run by her American-hating father James, who is easily won over by the friendly Tom. Anne admits to Tom that she is engaged to American Hal Rayton, who lives in Chicago, but they enjoy each other's company and agree to go out again, without the pressure of a romance. During rehearsals, Ellen keeps her promise not to go out, while Tom sees Anne every night. The day before the opening, Johnny goes to see Ellen and Tom at their hotel and promises to be in the theater the next night. That evening, though, Ellen is heartbroken when she receives flowers and a card from Johnny saying that he cannot be at the opening because he has to attend a party for the royal couple. Tom is also blue because Anne will not be at the opening night party, but will be home waiting for a call from Hal, who has not written in months. Agreeing that the show is the most important thing, Tom and Ellen decide to go to the party together. The next night, the show is a hit, and Ellen is overjoyed when Johnny leaves a royal party to be with her. Now alone, Tom wanders over to the pub and learns from James that Hal did not call. Because James and his estranged wife Sarah are scheduled to view the royal wedding gifts the next day, and James is nervous to see her, Tom promises to come along for moral support. Walking home, Tom passes by the theater and takes a photograph of Anne from a lobby display. In his hotel room, Tom gazes lovingly at the photograph and imagines himself dancing on the ceiling. Meanwhile, Ellen and Johnny decide that they are in love and Johnny asks her to marry him. The next morning, Edgar brings the newspapers to Ellen and Tom, who read their glowing reviews over breakfast. Before Edgar leaves, Tom asks him to call Irving in New York and see if he can find any information on Hal. That afternoon, Tom accompanies the nervous James to meet Sarah and Anne, and the tentatively reconciled couple happily go to view the royal wedding gifts. Before the performance that night, Edgar tells Tom that Irving learned Hal has been married for several months. After the show, Tom confesses to Anne what he has learned and is surprised to find that she is happy about the news. They admit that they love each other, but when she asks if he wants to marry her, he declines, saying that he would be a flop as a husband. At the hotel that night, Ellen and Tom nervously reveal the news of their respective romances, but talk each other out of marriage and agree to keep the act together, just as it has always been. On the morning of the royal wedding, all of London is celebrating, except Tom and Ellen, who downheartedly view the parade together. Inspired by the jubilation of the crowd, Tom and Ellen realize that they cannot be happy unless they get married and determine to do so immediately. Edgar agrees to arrange everything while Tom finds Anne and Ellen finds Johnny. That afternoon, the two couples are married and walk arm-in-arm through the throng of celebrating Londoners.
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|MPAA Ratings:||Premiere Info:||New York opening: 8 Mar 1951; Los Angeles opening: 20 Mar 1951|
|Release Date:||1951||Production Date:||
AFI Library; Mertz; AFI
|Color/B&W:||Color (Technicolor)||Distributions Co:||Loew's Inc.|
|Sound:||Mono (Western Electric Sound System)||Production Co:||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.|
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Just so-so; 3 out of 5
el debbo 2013-10-28
I love a good musical but this one didn't ring any bells for me. Like another review, didn't care for Ms. Churchill in her role as...
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