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The Swan (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Drama | 26 April 1956 (USA)
Princess Beatrice's days of enjoying the regal life are numbered unless her only daughter, Princess Alexandra, makes a good impression on a distant cousin when he pays a surprise visit to ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Ferenc Molnár (play) (as Ferenc Molnar), John Dighton
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Complete credited cast:
Grace Kelly ... Princess Alexandra
Alec Guinness ... Prince Albert
Louis Jourdan ... Dr. Nicholas Agi
Agnes Moorehead ... Queen Maria Dominika
Jessie Royce Landis ... Princess Beatrix
Brian Aherne ... Father Carl Hyacinth
Leo G. Carroll ... Caesar
Estelle Winwood ... Symphorosa
Van Dyke Parks ... George
Christopher Cook Christopher Cook ... Arsene
Robert Coote ... Capt. Wunderlich
Doris Lloyd ... Countess Sibenstoyn
Edith Barrett ... Elsa - Beatrix's Maid
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Princess Beatrice's days of enjoying the regal life are numbered unless her only daughter, Princess Alexandra, makes a good impression on a distant cousin when he pays a surprise visit to their palace. Prince Albert has searched all over Europe for a bride and he's bored by the whole courtship routine. He is more interested in the estate's dairy than Alexandra's rose garden. And then he starts playing football with the tutor and Alexandra's brothers. Invite the tutor to the ball that night and watch how gracefully Alexandra dances with him. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Grace Kelly became a real Princess after she married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, the same year that this movie was released. See more »

Quotes

Queen Maria Dominika: My dear, I have a book. I shall send it to you. It's most comforting. It proves conclusively that Napoleon never existed.
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Referenced in The Merv Griffin Show: Over 80 (1979) See more »

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Princess Grace's "Swan Song"
14 April 2003 | by gregcoutureSee all my reviews

Before her marriage to Prince Rainier, Grace Kelly made this next-to-last film for M-G-M, the royalty (though, alas, in somewhat of a decline from its glory days) of Hollywood's studio "system." I thought it, along with "High Society," a graceful exit for the lovely Miss Kelly, and M-G-M surrounded her with thorough professionals both before and behind the CinemaScope cameras. I especially enjoyed Alec Guinness, Jessie Royce Landis, and the wonderful Estelle Winwood, as well as Brian Aherne and Louis Jourdan. It's not available on DVD (and may possibly never be) and, I fear, the VHS version is formatted to fit the full screens of non-widescreen TVs. Too bad...It's a handsome production which, no doubt, won't visually impress very much when diminished by, ugh!, "formatting." What's wrong with "letterboxing," may I ask? Maybe it's the word itself!


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Language:

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