Small Town Girl

Small Town Girl

Director: Busby Berkeley, Leslie Kardos

Cast: Busby Berkeley, Leslie Kardos, Jane Powell, Farley Granger

     
 

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A remake of the 1936 Janet Gaynor vehicle of the same name, Small Town Girl stars Jane Powell in the title role. Powell plays Cindy Kimball, daughter of village judge Gordon Kimball (Robert Keith). When wealthy playboy Rick Livingston (Farley Granger) is arrested for speeding, Judge Kimball sentences the arrogant young sprout to 30 days to teach him a lesson.

Overview

A remake of the 1936 Janet Gaynor vehicle of the same name, Small Town Girl stars Jane Powell in the title role. Powell plays Cindy Kimball, daughter of village judge Gordon Kimball (Robert Keith). When wealthy playboy Rick Livingston (Farley Granger) is arrested for speeding, Judge Kimball sentences the arrogant young sprout to 30 days to teach him a lesson. Taking it upon herself to "reform" the prodigal Rick, Cindy tricks him into marriage, and then the fun begins. Ann Miller co-stars as a musical comedy star with whom Rick had planned to elope; her presence in the film is justified by several well-staged Busby Berkeley dance numbers. Also on hand as Jane Powell's hometown sweetheart is Bobby Van, who performs the film's best and most memorable musical setpiece, "Street Dance," in which Van hops around town like a human pogo stick.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Small Town Girl is the sort of musical that would not have been out of place in 1943 but was beginning to feel a bit passé by 1953. The characters have all been seen before, and the story is a mere thread upon which to hang a series of musical numbers and incidental scenes. To really work, those numbers need to be real knock-outs, and most of Girl's score is nothing special. However, several of the numbers benefit from Busby Berkeley's unique staging ideas. Bobby Van's "pogo" dance through the streets of the town perfectly captures the innocent joyousness that much of the film artificially strives for, and the "I've Got to Hear That Beat" number -- with dozens of disembodied hands playing instruments as Ann Miller dances perilously around them -- is one of the great moments in cinematic musicals. Miller also excels in "My Gaucho," and Van has some nice moments in "Take Me to Broadway"; had he come along ten years earlier, Van would have had a real career as a song-and-dance man. Jane Powell is fine if a bit dull; there's not a lot for her to work with here. Perfectly adequate and acceptable entertainment, Girl's slender plot keeps it from being more than moderately successful.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0883316220405
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
27,484

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Powell Cindy Kimbell
Farley Granger Rick Belrow Livingston
Ann Miller Lisa Bellmount
S.Z. Sakall Eric Schlemmer
Robert Keith Judge Gordon Kimbell
Bobby Van Ludwig Schlemmer
Chill Wills Jailer
Billie Burke Mrs. Livingston
Fay Wray Mrs. Gordon Kimbell
Nat "King" Cole Himself
Dean Miller Mac
William Campbell Ted
Philip Tonge Hemmingway
Jonathan Cott Jim the Cop
Bobby Hyatt Dennis
Rudy Lee Jimmy
Beverly Wills Deidre
Jane Liddell Betty
Nancy Valentine Mary
Janet Stewart Sandra
Virginia Hall Girl Friend
Marie Blake Actor

Technical Credits
Busby Berkeley Director,Choreography
Leslie Kardos Director
Albert Akst Editor
Nicholas Brodszky Score Composer
Dorothy Cooper Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Dorothy Kingsley Screenwriter
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Joe Pasternak Producer
Hans Peters Art Director
André Previn Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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