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On the Town

On the Town

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Director: Stanley Donen

Cast: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett


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Three sailors on a 24-hour pass -- Gabey (Gene Kelly), Chip (Frank Sinatra), and Ozzie (Jules Munshin) -- decide to soak up the sights and sounds of New York. Each one finds romance within those 24 hours: Gabey with aspiring dancer Ivy Smith (Vera-Ellen), Chip with lady cabbie Hildy Esterhazy (Betty Garrett), and Ozzie with paleontology student Claire Huddesten (Ann


Three sailors on a 24-hour pass -- Gabey (Gene Kelly), Chip (Frank Sinatra), and Ozzie (Jules Munshin) -- decide to soak up the sights and sounds of New York. Each one finds romance within those 24 hours: Gabey with aspiring dancer Ivy Smith (Vera-Ellen), Chip with lady cabbie Hildy Esterhazy (Betty Garrett), and Ozzie with paleontology student Claire Huddesten (Ann Miller). That's all, right? Wellll....Ivy passes herself off as a celebrity, but she's actually a kootch dancer in Coney Island. Claire and the boys inadvertently topple a dinosaur replica at the Museum of Anthropological History. And Hildy breaks any number of speeding laws attempting to get the lovers together and straighten out all misunderstandings. Adapted from the Broadway musical by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Leonard Bernstein, On the Town is one of the freshest, most exhilarating musicals turned out by the old MGM regime. The stars' verve and camaraderie are contagious, and the songs are staged by legendary musical director Stanley Donen and Kelly himself with wit and innovation. Highlights: the opening "New York, New York" number, shot on location and flat-cutting from one image to another at a dizzying pace; and Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen's "Miss Turnstyles Ballet."

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Karen Backstein
"New York, New York, it's a wonderful town..." -- and this is a wonderful film. With exhilarating location shooting that captures the wonders of the city -- unheard of for a Hollywood musical in 1949 -- as well as memorable tunes and engaging performances by Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin, this tale of three sailors trying to make the most of 24 hours' leave in the Big Apple bursts with energy. Of course, each gob meets a gal who catches his eye, and romantic desires, dalliances, and delights fill this very special day. Based on a Broadway hit, the film was codirected by Kelly and Stanley Donen, the team that would bring us Singin' in the Rain. The rich choreographic inventions include the "Miss Subways" ballet and a joyful group number atop the Empire State Building. Winner of an Oscar for Best Score, On the Town is one of the jewels to come out of MGM in its heyday.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
On the Town was one of MGM's brightest films of the post-WWII era, symbolizing the optimistic view of the future that was widely held in the U.S. in 1949. Three sailors (Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Jules Munshin) have a 24-hour pass in which to see New York City. Fortunately, they also have a fine song score to take along with them, and some unusually fine choreography. As should be expected from an MGM production from this era, the tech credits are superb and the overall production design memorable. This is one of the best films produced by MGM's Arthur Freed unit, and it would probably be remembered as the single best musical of its era if it were not for Singin' in the Rain (1952).

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Performance Credits
Gene Kelly Gabey
Frank Sinatra Chip
Betty Garrett Brunhilde Esterhazy
Ann Miller Claire Huddesen
Jules Munshin Ozzie
Vera-Ellen Ivy Smith
Florence Bates Mme. Dilyovska
Alice Pearce Lucy Shmeeler
George Meader Professor
Walter S. Baldwin Sign Poster
Eugene Borden Waiter
Claire Carleton Redhead
Hans Conried Francois, headwaiter
Lester Dorr Subway Passenger
Frank S. Hagney Cop
Bern Hoffman Worker, "New York, New York"
Judy Holliday Sailor's Date
William "Bill" Phillips Sailor
Dick Wessel Sailor Simpkins
Robert B. Williams Officer, Car 44
Murray Alper Cab Company Owner
Bea Benaderet Working Girl
Don Brodie Photo Layout Man
Tom Dugan Officer Tracy
Carol Haney Dancer in Green
Sid Melton Spud
Alex Romero Actor

Technical Credits
Stanley Donen Director,Choreography
Gene Kelly Director,Choreography
Leonard Bernstein Score Composer
Saul Chaplin Score Composer
Betty Comden Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
Roger Edens Score Composer,Songwriter,Musical Direction/Supervision
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Adolph Green Screenwriter
Sydney Guilaroff Makeup
Lennie Hayton Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack D. Moore Set Decoration/Design
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Conrad Salinger Score Composer
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Winters Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
7. On the Town
9. New York, New York
10. Miss Turnstiles
11. The Search for Ivy
12. Prehistoric Man
13. Splitting Up
14. Hildy's Place
15. Main Street
16. Sweet Nothings
17. Goin' Out on the Town
19. The Nightlife
20. You Can Count on Me
21. A Day in New York
22. The Chase Is On
23. Coney Island
24. Goodbyes


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On the Town 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining: This film is so great and will keep you singing and laughing all throughout. With great actors like Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, how can you go wrong. They dance through the movie with Betty Garrett, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen and it's truly and must have!
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EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Based in 1949, Navy sailors Gabey, Chip, and Ozzie have a 24-hour day pass to see and enjoy the sights of New York City as well as enjoy the company of pretty ladies. Gabey "falls" for "Miss Turnstile" and the fun begins. A high-speed car chase, dancing girls, and borough hopping are all part of this comedy put to music. What does the state of Indiana have to do with Ivy? Watch the DVD and find out. Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly are entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A helluva movie filmed on location in NYC
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