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On the Town Reviews

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November 30, 2013
One of the truly remarkable entries into the Golden Age of Hollywood, On the Town is magnificent; wonderfully acted, choreographed and sung. Not only is the story witty and comically endorsing, but it's also a splendid canvas of Technicolor exploded onto the backdrop of 1940's New York. The girls are also wonderful in roles that make them thoroughly shine. On the Town, a remarkably enjoyable but thoroughly campy feat, is not to be missed.
November 25, 2013
If only I can re enact these scenes as they happened. Wow wow wow
November 13, 2013
Strong performances are deftly captured in a film that should be better known.
May 8, 2013
I love Gene Kelly he is my baby!! :) what a great movie only 24 hours in New York City! Frank Sinatra what a great performer and incredibly hansome and Jules Munshin so funny I just love him lol!! :)
April 12, 2013
Highly enjoyable musical with great performances throughout.
February 12, 2013
Often mentioned in the breath as Singin' in the Rain but this is a poor second in my opinion, lacking the post-modern comment on the medium, the cast-iron tunes and most of the jokes. Still, some enjoyable zingers and sexual self-assurance from the NY dames, refreshing use of locations and Gene Kelly doing his thing in bellbottoms so better than a standard studio musical.
January 18, 2013
It was good fun but a bit corny.
½ December 30, 2012
Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, this was their directorial debut after enjoying success with MGM, Kelly going through the ranks from dancer to actor, and Donen as choreographer. MGM gave them a shot with this one, but Kelly and Donen wanted to film as much of it on location in New York as possible. MGM were against it, but let them, it would work. and it's a light and bubbly travellogue of New York. It begins at 6am, when sailors Gabey (Kelly), Chip (Frank Sinatra) and Ozzie (Jules Munshin) are on shore leave in New York, but they only have 24 hours to enjoy it. Gabey falls in love with a picture of "Miss Turnstyles", who is actually aspiring actress Ivy Smith (Vera-Ellen). Meanwhile, Ozzie falls for anthropologist Claire Huddesen (Ann Miller) and Chip falls for tough-talking taxi driver Brunhilde Esterhazy (Betty Garrett), who helped Gabey track down Ivy. Meanwhile, they end up in trouble when they accidentally destroy the skeleton of a dinosaur at the Museum of Anthropological History, and they end up on the run from the police. It's a very entertaining and funny film, with some amazing dance sequences and some imaginative staging, it was ahead of it's time and it was a huge hit. MGM asked Kelly and Donen to make another film immediately, they did Singin' In The Rain (1951), the rest is history.
½ November 18, 2012
actually it's really2 funny movie :)
October 13, 2012
The all singing all dancing musical hit of the late 40's and some gorgeous scenery of NYC in the 40's.

Gene Kelly & Frank Sinatra are fantastic & really move the film forward. I found the story a little generic but the look & color palate of the film absolutely stunning.

I loved the locations they chose for NYC where fantastic & even the gals in this film had gorgeous costumes & this film was made to entertain & it does.
September 25, 2012
A good fun musical...simple movie to watch anytime. Not really my kind of movie but still liked it. Watched as a musical in a theatre would probably be much better.
½ September 3, 2012
Good dance sequences and songs blend well together with a good cast and great performances. Although the plot isn't too strong, the musical numbers lift this film out among the best in film musical history.
September 1, 2012
Vera Ellen's character is a "cooch dancer". What more do you need to know?
Honestly though, it's pretty hard not getting caught up in the naive fun of 'On the Town', which is definitely one of those films they just don't make em like anymore. The songs aren't particularly memorable beyond the catchy opening number but this movie really shines with its dancing in no doubt thanks to Gene Kelly's co-direction.
½ August 30, 2012
Why can't movies these days be more like this? The dance and song numbers were fantastic and the story was light-hearted fun.
July 24, 2012
One of my all time favorite musicals
July 8, 2012
Stanley Donen's first musical is a foot-tapping, musical comedy that gives all its leads their chance to do their thing. This is one of those musicals that make you happy just because the characters are.

Grade: A-
July 6, 2012
An enjoyable, clean-as-a-whistle, old-timey musical.
½ June 25, 2012
Mid-50s is when the musical gets a little over the top for me, but for all its over-exuberance it does have a great cast of sweet characters and some memorable songs that make it worth the watch.
½ March 29, 2012
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
Super Reviewer
March 29, 2012
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.
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