On the Town

  • U
  • Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly (1949)
  • US
  • 93 min
On the Town
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Classic musical starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. Gabey, Chip and Ozzie are three sailors on a 24-hour pass in New York with high hopes of a memorable day. Their first order of business, however, is to find some female company before their time is up.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Stanley Donen
Director
Gene Kelly

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U
Distributor:
Warner Home Video Ltd
Categories
Music

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