The Belle of New York (1952)





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Movie Info

This film is set during the turn of the century. Fred Astaire plays a footloose playboy who falls in love with Salvation Army lass Vera-Ellen. To prove his worth to the girl, Astaire breaks down and gets a job.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Chester Erskine, Fred F. Finklehoffe, Sally Benson, Irving Brecher, Irving Elinson
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On DVD: Jul 31, 2007
MGM Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for The Belle of New York

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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

This very average film is not one of Fred's musical triumphs, but is watchable.

Full Review… | December 2, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Belle of New York

The Belle of New York, starring Fred Astaire and Vera Ellen is a very lovely MGM musical. The costumes, dance numbers are delightful. I very much like both Vera Ellen and Fred Astaire so it is nice to see they were teamed up...both are very gifted dancers. Check this classis musical out!

Mason Williams

Super Reviewer


Minor Astaire, very colorful but ordinary.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

MGM's 1952 experimenting with the proven Fred Astaire formula resulted in this, one of his more forgotten outings.

The main gimmick at fault is the use of blue/green screen to continually portray Astaire a-dance upon air. One minute he's tapping across the top of the Washington Square Arch (well, an obvious set-piece made to appear atop it), the next minute, he's tippy-toeing his way all over the nothingness between its flagposts. It all just looks too strange, a ruining of the viewing experience.

The balance of the song and dance is entertaining, but not anywhere near Astaire's top-drawer work. His second solo, "Wanna Be A Dancin' Man," might be called an exception.

When 31-year-old Vera-Ellen dons a full-length black-sequined number for her solo "Naughty But Nice," her well-maintained 19-inch waistline (effected by her constant anorexic purging) is plain enough for all to see (though not so much so as within 1954s "White Christmas" w/ Bing Crosby). Vera ditched Hollywood for good just five years after "Belle."

RECOMMENDATION: OK for completists, everyone else should at least see Astaire's "Top Hat" and "Swing Time" first.

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