ROYALTY ON SCREEN: Grace Kelly in "The Swan" (1956)


ROYALTY ON SCREEN: Grace Kelly in "The Swan" (1956)
by Darius Kadivar

The film deals with the story of the daughter of a minor branch of a European royal house who is being considered as a wife for her cousin, the heir to the throne. Princess Alexandra (Grace Kelly) is the princess, her cousin the crown prince, Albert (Alec Guinness), and her brothers' tutor, a commoner (Louis Jourdan.) for whom she thinks she may feel more affection than she does for the prince …

The Swan (1956)directed by Charles Vidor and starring Grace Kelly, Louis Jourdan and Alec Guiness

Original 1956 Trailer:


Princess Beatrice's days of enjoying the regal life are numbered unless her only daughter, Princess Alexandra (Grace Kelly), makes a good impression on a distant cousin ( Alec Guiness )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'srose garden. And then he starts playing football with the tutor( Louis Jourdan)and Alexandra's brothers. Invite the tutor to the ball that night and watch how gracefully Alexandra dances with him.


About the Film:

The Swan is a 1956 remake by MGM of a 1925 Paramount film with thesame title. (Another film version had been made in 1930 as One Romantic Night). The film is a romantic comedy directed by Charles Vidor, produced by Dore Schary from a screenplay by John Dighton based on theplay by Ferenc Molnár.The original music score was by Bronislau Kaper, the cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg and Robert Surtees, the artdirection by Randall Duell and Cedric Gibbons and the costume design by Helen Rose.



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