The Swan

The Swan

Director: Charles Vidor Cast: Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness, Louis Jourdan

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Frances Howard starred as Princess Alexandria in the 1925 silent version of Ferenc Molnar's play The Swan; Lillian Gish assumed the role in the 1930 talkie version. The third and final adaptation starred Grace Kelly, who had one slight advantage over her predecessors; she would soon become a real princess instead of a make-believe one. And don't think that MGM, knowing full well that Grace would retire from moviemaking upon ascending the throne of Monaco, didn't carefully select the timeworn Molnar play for the express purpose of extra publicity. Outside of its mercenary considerations, The Swan is an enjoyable bittersweet tale of a princess who falls in love with her handsome tutor (Louis Jourdan), only to be required to give him up in favor of an arranged marriage of state. The nicest element of the story is that the prince to whom Kelly is engaged, as played by Alec Guinness, is a decent sort, who voluntarily asks for the princess' hand instead of forcing the issue. Of course, the issue has been forced upon him when he realizes the depth of the love Kelly harbors for her tutor. It may well be that this version of The Swan will be the last; on the other hand, who'd a' thunk that someone would want to make Sabrina again in 1995?

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2010
UPC: 0883316288047
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 4,604

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Grace Kelly Princess Alexandra
Alec Guinness Prince Albert
Louis Jourdan Dr. Nicholas Agi
Agnes Moorehead Queen Maria Dominika
Jesse Royce Landis Princess Beatrix
Brian Aherne Father Hyacinth
Leo G. Carroll Caesar
Estelle Winwood Symphorosa
Van Dyke Parks George
Robert Coote Capt. Wunderlich
Doris Lloyd Countess Sigenstayn
Edith Barrett Beatrix's Maid
Jessie Royce Actor
Christopher Cooke Arsene

Technical Credits
Charles Vidor Director
John Dighton Screenwriter
Randall Duell Art Director
John D. Dunning Editor
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Ferenc Molnar Screenwriter
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Dore Schary Producer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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The Swan 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ClassicMovieFanSH More than 1 year ago
Naturally, many people will like/buy a movie due to the cast and/or their favorite actor/actresss.That is most likely the case with this movie. I like(d) it due to Louis Jordan and Alec Guiness (very funny). Of course, who can't love to watch Grace Kelly and her beauty, but she (aka "The Swan" in the movie) is really not that great an actress. She (as I understand it) was already corresponding with Prince Ranierand the time, so no wonder she has that look of a "princess to be", but the laughs come from the aforementioned, and Jesse Royce Landis is always funny - and does make this movie. She is Ke;;y's mother (Kelly a princess, whom she has hoped for years would marry the crown prince played by Alec Guiness.)When he arrives, she has all sorts of trickes up her sleeve, but Alec seems like he could care less. Finally, the last night Alec is there (and still no sidn of a proposal, but much of it has to do with Grace's "iceberg" quality, i.e. jumping away when Alec tried to grab her hand), so her family throws a party to try and get Alec Guiness to get moving (his mother is coming the next day to get him, played by the funny Agnes Moorehead. THE PARTY: Since to that point no interest has been shown, and "the famly" (there are two young sons who are tutored by Louis Jordan who does a great job), and is very knowledgeable, and the "boys" just love him, and his "down to earth" style and ways of learning things they normally would not have known - since he is not of royal blood. (BTW - in the meantime, there gets to be a sort-of "rivalry" between Crown Prince Albert, (Alec G.) and Louis Jordan. So, "mother" Jesse Landis decides to have Grace Kelly invite Jordan to the "Ball" to make Alec "jealous". So, she does, not knowing all along he has had a crush on her REALLY, and thinks she invite him since she really wanted him to be with her. So, the movie FINALLY gets going at the party. (Oh, there is also an Uncle who is in a monastry, priest or whatever - who really knows what is up and who is who - and can forsee what is going to happen.) IF it weren't for him, the movie would not have had the happy "Cindrella" ending one hopes for, but it does, and all when Moorehead comes the next day and all ends well. Not a lot of excitement, but if you are either a Grace Kelly fan (she of course, is always beautiful), or likes Alex Guiness' wit and humour and how he carried it out, as well as Louis Jorday who is a great actor (2 years before he plays in "Gigi"), and good ole' Jesse Royce Landis is also one with good timing, can carry out humour with the best of them - then it is a good movie to see. (She is funny in those Hitchcock movies: To Catch a Thief (again, with Kelly as her daughter), and Cary Grant's mother in "North by NorthWeat". A good movie with beautiful people in a beautiful setting - but the plot lacks lustor, until the bery end, and the point is not that exciting. The beautiful people making a "funny" (?) movie? I bought it, but rarely watch it, as I like Grace Kelly, and the rest of the cast, but it is not very entertaning once seen, and it is kind of premier showing of Grace's pending (then, a relationship), next a marriage to Prince Ranier of Monace - just in case someone didn't think she was capableof the job. That is my idea on it. Would like to see what others say.