On the Town

1949

On the Town

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Total Count: 28

83%

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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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Cast

Ann Miller
as Claire Huddesen
Vera-Ellen
as Ivy Smith
Betty Garrett
as Brunhilde Esterhazy
Florence Bates
as Dilyovska
Alice Pearce
as Lucy Shmeeler
George Meader
as Professor
Lester Dorr
as Subway Passenger
Bea Benaderet
as Working Girl
Walter S. Baldwin
as Sign Poster
Don Brodie
as Photo Layout Man
Tom Dugan
as Off. Tracy
Judy Holliday
as Sailor's Date
Murray Alper
as Cab Company Owner
Hans Conried
as Francois
Dick Wessel
as Sailor Simpkins
Carol Haney
as Dancer in Green
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Critic Reviews for On the Town

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for On the Town

  • Nov 23, 2015
    Once you've become more familiar with the original stage production and it's score this film adaption seems less like a classic and more like a missed opportunity. It's fun and the cast has some truly terrific performers but the removal of most of Bernstein's original music in favor of mostly lackluster songs is frustrating.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 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.
    Devon B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2011
    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.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2010
    A classic MGM musical with high mood for closing the day! What a rare pleasure.Great songs and dance scenes with New York by scenary.Delicious.
    Andre T Super Reviewer

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