Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • U
  • Comedy, Musical
  • 1949
  • 98 mins

On the Town

Film4

Synopsis

Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin star as three all-singing, all-dancing sailors looking for fun and females while on shore leave in New York.

About

Three sailors visit New York with 24 hours' leave, dancing feet and itchy tonsils. In reality they'd probably leave with a hangover, a bad tattoo and an STD, but musical director Stanley Donen's collaboration with Gene Kelly is a purely innocent fantasy, and all the better for it.

The three cheeky chappies pick up girls and sing and dance their way through evocative landmarks in the 'wonderful town': Gabey (Kelly) falls for 'Miss Turnstiles' (Vera-Ellen) , thinking she's a high-ranking celebrity when she's really a lowly dancer. Chip (Sinatra) gets nabbed by a lady cab driver (Garrett), and Ozzie (Munshin) wins the attention of an attractive anthropologist (Miller) who thinks he's the perfect example of a 'prehistoric man'. Noticeably filmed outside the confines of a studio, this is some spectacle, with charming characters and each routine choreographed to perfection.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Ann Miller, Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Betty Garrett, Jules Munshin, Vera-Ellen
  • Director: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
  • Writer: Betty Comden, Adolph Green
  • Producer: Arthur Freed
  • Photographer: Harold Rosson

In a nutshell

One of the last great movie musicals.

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4 Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook

    Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star in this Oscar-winning romantic dramedy that deals with the implications of a relationship forming in the midst of mental illness

  • Film4 The Wackiest Ship In The Army

    The Wackiest Ship In The Army

    Jack Lemmon stars as a Lieutenant tricked into taking command of a ship full of misfits, tasked with a top secret mission to save hundreds of allied lives

    On Film4: 29 Apr 4:45PM

  • Film4 Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook on Film4

    Jennifer Lawrence gives an Oscar-winning performance opposite Bradley Cooper in David O. Russell's superior romantic comedy.

  • Film4 The Pact

    The Pact on Film4

    When Annie's sister disappears while organising their mother's funeral in their childhood home, she investigates as an unwelcome presence in the house begins to be felt

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Mike Leigh announces new film, Peterloo

    Mike Leigh's next project will look at Peterloo - the infamous 1819 massacre by government forces at a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter's Field in Manchester, when 700 working people were inju

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Four Film4-backed films selected In Competition at Cannes 2015

    Four Film4-backed films ¿ Todd Haynes¿ Carol, Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster, Paolo Sorrentino¿s Youth and Justin Kurzel¿s Macbeth ¿ have been invited into official selection at this year¿s Cannes film

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share