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On the Town (1949)


Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 0

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Movie Info

Three sailors on a 24-hour pass navigate New York, NY--that wonderful town--and come face-to-face, literally, with three its native inhabitants. Gabey falls hard for a "model" who poses for the Miss Turnstiles advertisements, thinking she's a high society deb. (She's really a "cooch" dancer at Coney Island). Chip gets high jacked by a horny lady cab driver, and Ozzie hooks up with a gorgeous anthropologist who thinks he's the perfect reincarnation of a "prehistoric man." Singing and dancing … More

Musical & Performing Arts , Classics , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Adolph Green , Betty Comden
In Theaters:
May 2, 2000



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Critic Reviews for On the Town

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (1) | DVD (8)

A fine, freewheeling musical.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The pep, enthusiasm and apparent fun the makers of On the Town had in putting it together comes through to the audience and gives the picture its best asset.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

On the Town is exhilarating, brash spectacle, all rip-snorting, wisecracking attack, and maybe just a teensy bit unlikeable.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Gaiety, rhythm, humor and a good, wholesome dash of light romance have been artfully blended together in this bright Technicolored comedy.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Delightful, athletic stuff with some unusual -- but wonderful -- location shooting. New York never looked better.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
Empire Magazine

One of the last great movie musicals.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013

On the Town is so energetic and vital that the screen barely contains it.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Its aww-shucks charm becomes hard to resist as the three sailors dart around Manhattan, looking for culture, sights, and, of course, 24-hour love.

Full Review… | February 14, 2010
Film and Felt

With Donen and Kelly at the musical helm, it's no surprise that the song-and-dance numbers are top notch.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008

It's romp, it's a romance, it's a songfest, it's everything that has now become rather passe in a musical comedy.

Full Review… | May 9, 2008
Movie Metropolis

as fresh as the day it was minted.

Full Review… | May 8, 2008

A lively and brash musical comedy spectacle.

Full Review… | May 18, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Disappointingly flat musical; if you're after a Kelly/Sinatra pairing, you'll do better with Anchors Aweigh (and even that is no masterpiece).

September 25, 2004
Nick's Flick Picks

Simply wonderful and a time capsule to boot!

September 9, 2003
Blunt Review

Overrrated musical with pleasing moments.

April 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Wonderful MGM musical; Kelly and Sinatra in top form; N.Y. scenery fantastic! music is good, too.

October 14, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for On the Town

Exuberant, nonstop dashing about the streets of New York City while on shore leave, three sailors chase down love in one of the first musicals to use actual location shooting. The three sailors, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin, each have their own idiosyncratic charms, but it's their gal friends who keep the movie from getting stale. Especially Betty Garrett (who'd later go on to play neighbor to both Archie Bunker and Laverne and Shirley), whose super-sexed taxi driver character chases down a poor, bewildered Frank Sinatra (and he just wants to see the sights of the city, not get all involved with some wacky dame). There is one particularly memorable song ("New York, New York, it's a wonderful town!"), and some less memorable ones, but they are all pretty entertaining. And that's probably the best way to describe On The Town, not very memorable, but entertaining.

Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

This one and Anchors Aweigh act as perfect companion pieces! But this is definitely more rowdy, more sexually charged, and I must say I do prefer it, if not just for Ann Miller's awesome museum tap dancing.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

I have to confess a secrt love for Gene Kelly, the man is a fascinating dancer with a style of his own. This fun 40's musical is typically corny, extremely predictable and the songs (bar one or two) are easily forgettable and yet there is something here that catches this era of musicals in a fun, easy watching way, that brings the stage to the screen.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


24 hours in New York turns into a wild ride of girls, dance routines, and memorable songs. Munshin, Sinatra, and Kelly make an excellent trio. They blend well as a comedic triplet, but when they tell each other "I love you" it feels genuine and true. Sinatra perhaps shines the most as a sailor more interested in culture. Each guy encounters a fairly saucy girl. It's Frank's partner, an aggressive female cabbie, that steals most of the show. Her direct approach, and the brotherhood of the lead three make this more than just a guys getting some film. It's surprising to see an older film more progressive than many today. The dance routines are fascinating, even today, and the singing is just darn catchy. A treat for the eyes and ears.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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