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They Paint The Town With Joy!.Three sailors--Gabey (Gene Kelly), Chip (Frank Sinatra) and Ozzie (Jules Munshin)--are let loose in New York City on a 24-hour leave. On a subway, Gabey sees a poster of "Miss Turnstiles of the Month"--a woman named Ivy Smith (Vera-Ellen). Thinking she's a high society girl, the trio spends the day looking for her. Along the way they run into a cab driver, Hilde (Betty Garrett), who is attracted to Chip, and a gorgeous anthropologist named Claire (Ann Miller).Song highlights: "New York, New York", "A Day In New York", "Main Street", "Prehistoric Man", "You're Awful", "I'm Feeling Like I'm Not Out Of Bed", "Come Up To My Place" and "Count On Me".]]>
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The plot is a nifty number where all three gobs pick up gals but one of them loses his--through neither of their fault--then spends the rest of the day looking for her. The satiric vein is mined along the day with references to museum snobs, overcrowded nightclubs, hillbilly music, taskmaster Russian ballet coaches and that Manhattan favorite--eavesdropping on the subway.
Just briefly, there are two paradoxical reasons why I think this film works so well. First, we have here a repertory cast whose areas of expertise hadn't quite jelled yet. So Frank Sinatra was allowed to play a shy kid instead of a heavy, Ann Miller was allowed to play light comedy instead of just tap-dance, and Betty Garrett was allowed to BE in the movie before her husband crossed the red-baiters of the Fifties (back then, the idea usually was to blacklist first and ask questions later). Gene Kelly seems to be at his relaxed and versatile best, and Vera-Ellen is a simply wonderful dancer.Read more ›
In this brilliant collaboration of direction by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, three lovable sailors are on 24-hour leave in the Big Apple. The on-location cinematography and Oscar-winning score provide the backdrop for the rousing, joyous musical. En route to find Gabey's (Kelly) dream girl, Miss Turnstiles of the month, Ivy Smith (Vera-Ellen), he and Ozzie (Jules Munshin) and Chip (Frank Sinatra) encounter a ready-for-love cab driver, Brunhilde ("Hildy") Esterhazy (Betty Garrett), and Claire Huddeson, a tap-dancing anthropologist (Ann Miller). The joyous night on the town spurns many an unexpected surprise for the sailors and their girls: the felling of a prehistoric dinosaur, a glitzy waltz through some of New York's exclusive nightclubs, and the boys dancing in gypsy attire. Other delights to be savored are: Kelly, Munshin, and Sinatra's rendition of "New York, New York, It's A Wonderful Town", Kelly's imaginative dance sequence with Vera-Ellen, and the belting brilliance from the sixsome of the title song make "On the Town" one of MGM's most irrepresibly fun and unforgettable musicals of the '40's. Have a ball tonight and go "on the town"!
Kelly and Donen bring it all to life through the words and music of Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Leonard Bernstein, and the score, which earned an Oscar for Roger Edens and Lennie Hayton. it kicks off with Sinatra, Munshin and Kelly doing "New York, New York," in which they enlighten you to the fact that "The Bronx is up and the Battery's down, and people ride in a hole in the ground--" a dynamite opening that sets the stage for all that comes after.Read more ›
Miss Turnstiles (Vera Ellen). Alice Pearce makes a funny appearence and you can't help laughing when she says: "Oh, it's just a little sniffle." Kelly and Vera - Elllen do a very toned - down tap number'Main Street.' While Miller makes a jaw dropping performance of 'A Prehistoric Man.' Overall, it's a fun movie and I recommend it highly.
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This is, hands down, my all-time favorite movie! The singing and dancing are phenomenal! And Frank Sinatra's voice makes you swoon! I would recommend this movie for all ages.Published 13 days ago by Amy Feigley
Musicals like they were meant to be. This is indeed one of the most lovable musicals ever created. Enjoy.Published 1 month ago by mars
My 7 year old son loves this movie. I think the raucous silly nature of it appeals to him.Published 1 month ago by Thea S. Klapwald
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This movie was made as a 4:3 (standard) size movie. It is not available in widescreen. Most movies prior to the 1980s were made as standard screen movies. Exceptions were the "block-buster" films like Ben-Hur, Lawrence of Arabia, etc.
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