You're All the World to Me

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Fred Astaire dancing on the walls and ceiling in "You're All the World to Me"

"You're All The World to Me" is an American song written in 1950 by composer Burton Lane and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner for the 1951 MGM musical, Royal Wedding.[1] The lyrics by Lerner, who also wrote the story and screenplay, give song-and-dance man Tom Bowen, played by Fred Astaire, the opportunity to proclaim his love for Anne Ashmond (Sarah Churchill) while dancing on the walls and ceiling of a custom-made set which, along with an attached camera and camera operator, rolled on an axis to provide the anti-gravity illusion.

The music to the song was used again in 1953 for the title credits and dance routine that opened MGM's Torch Song, which starred Joan Crawford.

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  1. ^ The song "My Minstrel Man", introduced seventeen years earlier by Harold Nicholas in the Eddie Cantor musical comedy, Kid Millions, released in 1934 by Samuel Goldwyn/United Artists, has the same Burton Lane melody, but with lyrics by Harold Adamson.
  2. ^ Stanhope, Kate (2013-03-01). "Glee Sneak Peek: Will Channels Fred Astaire to Woo Emma — Will It Be Enough?". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 

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