Small Town Girl (1953)





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A remake of the 1936 Janet Gaynor vehicle of the same name, Small Town Girl stars Jane Powell in the title role. Powell plays Cindy Kimball, daughter of village judge Gordon Kimball (Robert Keith). When wealthy playboy Rick Livingston (Farley Granger) is arrested for speeding, Judge Kimball sentences the arrogant young sprout to 30 days to teach him a lesson. Taking it upon herself to "reform" the prodigal Rick, Cindy tricks him into marriage, and then the fun begins. Ann Miller co-stars as a musical comedy star with whom Rick had planned to elope; her presence in the film is justified by several well-staged Busby Berkeley dance numbers. Also on hand as Jane Powell's hometown sweetheart is Bobby Van, who performs the film's best and most memorable musical setpiece, "Street Dance," in which Van hops around town like a human pogo stick.
Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Farley Granger
as Rick Belrow Livingston
Jane Powell
as Cindy Kimbell
Ann Miller
as Lisa Bellmount
S.Z. Sakall
as Papa Eric Schlemmer
Robert Keith
as Judge Gordon Kimbell
Bobby Van
as Ludwig Schlemmer
Billie Burke
as Mrs. Livingston
Fay Wray
as Mrs. Gordon Kimbell
Chill Wills
as Happy
Philip Tonge
as Hemmingway
Jonathan Cott
as Jim the Cop
Robert Hyatt
as Dennis
Rudy Lee
as Jimmy
Beverly Wills
as Deidre
Janet Stewart
as Sandra
Virginia Hall
as Girl Friend
Marie Blake
as Customer
Bobby Hyatt
as Dennis
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★★1/2 (out of four) An energetic musical that offers a few well staged dance numbers, but is unable to deliver the goods when it comes to plot and character development. Jane Powell is pretty cute in the lead, however. Farley Granger plays a man picked up for speeding in a small town. Making an example of him, the judge sentences him to 30 days in the local jail. The judges daughter (Powell) is intrigued by him and tries to rehabilitate him. THe musical numbers overshadow everything else. Bobby Van is responsible for a dance sequence which is by far the highlight of the entire film. [IMG][/IMG]

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