On the Town (1949)




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New York, New York, it's a wonderful town - especially when sailors Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin have a 24-hour shore leave to see the sights - and when those sights include Ann Miller, Betty Garrett and Vera-Ellen.
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Gene Kelly
as Gabey
Ann Miller
as Claire Huddesen
as Ivy Smith
Betty Garrett
as Brunhilde Esterhazy
Florence Bates
as Dilyovska
Alice Pearce
as Lucy Shmeeler
George Meader
as Professor
Bern Hoffman
as Worker
Lester Dorr
as Subway Passenger
Bea Benaderet
as Working Girl
Walter S. Baldwin
as Sign Poster
Don Brodie
as Photo Layout Man
Sid Melton
as Spud
Judy Holliday
as Sailor's Date
Tom Dugan
as Off. Tracy
Murray Alper
as Cab Company Owner
Hans Conried
as Francois
Dick Wessel
as Sailor Simpkins
Carol Haney
as Dancer in Green
Eugene Borden
as Waiter
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Critic Reviews for On the Town

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (4)

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 25, 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 25, 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

...as fresh as the day it was minted.

Full Review… | April 15, 2016

Kelly and Donen take the MGM musical outdoors, the New York minute is stretched to 24 hours

Full Review… | February 20, 2016

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.

Devon Bott
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
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.

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Lady D'arbanville

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