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Belle of New York [VHS] (1952)

Fred Astaire , Vera-Ellen , Charles Walters  |  NR |  VHS Tape
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Marjorie Main, Keenan Wynn, Alice Pearce
  • Directors: Charles Walters
  • Writers: C.M.S. McLellan, Chester Erskine, Irving Elinson, Robert O'Brien
  • Producers: Arthur Freed, Roger Edens
  • Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • VHS Release Date: February 23, 1995
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301965698
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,590 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch Alice Pearce! November 6, 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
Fred and Vera (and Marjorie "Ma Kettle" Main) are excellent, but the one I really love watching is Alice Pearce, best known for her role as nosy-neighbor Gladys Kravitz on the TV show "Bewitched." She's wonderfully funny, and her cackling laugh is truly frightening. The "special effects" (probably very advanced for those days, though poor by today's standards) are not exactly seemlessly worked into the plot, but the movie is still worth watching for its lovely dancing, and the scenes where the Courrier and Ives postcard backdrops come to life. (If you like Alice Pearce, be sure to watch "On the Town," where she plays Lucy Schmeeler.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A treat, but best enjoyed by Astaire fans May 18, 2004
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The Belle of New York is one of Astaire's lesser musicals, and for good reasons. The story line is a little simple minded. The secondary comic relief characters aren't all that comic. Vera Ellen paired with Astaire made for a screen relationship with few sparks. But the movie has more screen time of Astaire dancing than any of his other films, the songs by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer are easy to listen to and reflect the age nicely, and Vera Ellen is a pretty good hoofer in her own right. "Baby Doll" should have become a standard, and Astaire's dancing in the "Sands of Time" number is a classic. If you appreciate Astaire, you'll want to watch this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful musical! September 7, 2001
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They don't make them like this anymore. Fred Astaire and
Vera-Ellen have some great dance numbers in this musical. Also there are some really nice songs. It's a really wonderful movie musical. I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Belle of New York May 5, 2010
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This musical comedy, is not the best musical out there. When compared to the great musicals of the past, this one turns out to be a little too whimsicle. The plot doesn't really go anywhere.

The saving grace is that the dancing in this film is wonderful and exact.

The DVD itself is fine, with a nice cover, and fast shipping!

Thanks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fred & Vera May 26, 2010
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Fast service on quality dvd, a color musical featuring Fred Astaire dancing with Vera Ellen. Enjoyable musical film !
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful film, fantastic dancing! August 31, 2001
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This is defintly one of my favorite movies. I'd give it
10 stars if I could. It's a great film. Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen are wonderful in it! They dance divinly and the choreography is fantastic. I highly recommend this film. It's a great escape. A great musical, a real classic!
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