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On the Town

On the Town

Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly (1949)

U Certificate


Our Score
This utterly exhilarating landmark movie musical gave Gene Kelly and choreographer Stanley Donen their directing break, and eventually led to the splendours of Singin' in the Rain and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The opening sequence is magnificent, as three sailors (Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin) hail the delights of New York, New York in Manhattan itself - it was unusual for MGM to leave its Hollywood lot. There are minor irritations: the substitution of dancers for Sinatra and Munshin in the ballet - it worked on stage in Oklahoma!, it's a distraction here. But the rest - the exuberance of the title number, Ann Miller extolling the virtues of Prehistoric Man, Alice Pearce as Lucy Shmeeler, Sinatra and Betty Garrett, the delights of Main Street - is a joy.


Musical following three sailors who are out for a good time while on a day's shore leave in New York. One tries initially to fend off the advances of a female taxi driver, another is pulled into helping with an anthropologist's study of prehistoric man, while the third seeks out the model in a famous advertising campaign - but finds she is not quite what he expected. With Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin.

Cast & Crew

Gabey Gene Kelly
Chip Frank Sinatra
Ivy Smith Vera-Ellen
Ozzie Jules Munshin
Brunhilde Esterhazy Betty Garrett
Claire Huddesen Ann Miller
Madame Dilyovska Florence Bates
Lucy Shmeeler Alice Pearce
Professor George Meader
Director Stanley Donen
Director Gene Kelly
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay


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