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  • Comedy, Musical
  • 1949
  • 98 mins

On the Town

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

In a nutshell

One of the last great movie musicals.

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