On the Town (1949)
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Three sailors on a 24-hour pass -- Gabey (Gene Kelly), Chip (Frank Sinatra), and Ozzie (Jules Munshin) -- decide to soak up the sights and sounds of New York. Each one finds romance within those 24 hours: Gabey with aspiring dancer Ivy Smith (Vera-Ellen), Chip with lady cabbie Hildy Esterhazy (Betty Garrett), and Ozzie with paleontology student Claire Huddesten (Ann Miller). That's all, right? Wellll....Ivy passes herself off as a celebrity, but she's actually a kootch dancer in Coney Island.
Dec 30, 1949 Wide
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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.
On the Town is exhilarating, brash spectacle, all rip-snorting, wisecracking attack, and maybe just a teensy bit unlikeable.
Gaiety, rhythm, humor and a good, wholesome dash of light romance have been artfully blended together in this bright Technicolored comedy.
Delightful, athletic stuff with some unusual -- but wonderful -- location shooting. New York never looked better.
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.
With Donen and Kelly at the musical helm, it's no surprise that the song-and-dance numbers are top notch.
It's romp, it's a romance, it's a songfest, it's everything that has now become rather passe in a musical comedy.
Disappointingly flat musical; if you're after a Kelly/Sinatra pairing, you'll do better with Anchors Aweigh (and even that is no masterpiece).
Simply wonderful and a time capsule to boot!
Overrrated musical with pleasing moments.
Wonderful MGM musical; Kelly and Sinatra in top form; N.Y. scenery fantastic! music is good, too.
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