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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.

May 2, 2000

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A fine, freewheeling musical.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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On the Town is exhilarating, brash spectacle, all rip-snorting, wisecracking attack, and maybe just a teensy bit unlikeable.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Gaiety, rhythm, humor and a good, wholesome dash of light romance have been artfully blended together in this bright Technicolored comedy.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Delightful, athletic stuff with some unusual -- but wonderful -- location shooting. New York never looked better.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

One of the last great movie musicals.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

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

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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.

February 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

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

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

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

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

as fresh as the day it was minted.

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A lively and brash musical comedy spectacle.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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.
March 29, 2012
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Devon Bott

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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.
May 31, 2011
jennifxu

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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.
April 15, 2011
76Majikat

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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.
February 8, 2011
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