The Belle of New York (1952)





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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.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Fred Astaire
as Charlie Hill
as Angela Bonfils
Marjorie Main
as Mrs. Phineas Hill
Keenan Wynn
as Max Ferris
Alice Pearce
as Elsie Wilkins
Clinton Sundberg
as Gilfred Spivak
Gale Robbins
as Dixie McCoy
Lisa Ferraday
as Frenchie
Henry Slate
as Clancy
Carol Brewster
as Frenchie's Girl
Meredith Leeds
as Frenchie's Girl
Lyn Wilde
as Frenchie's Girl
Lynn Wilde
as One of Frenchie's girls
Buddy Roosevelt
as Cab Driver
Roger Davis
as Judkins
Dick Wessel
as Bowery Bum
Percy Helton
as Bowery Bum
Tom Dugan
as Bowery Bum
Oliver Blake
as Currier
George Boyce
as Bowery Bum
Dorinda Clifton
as One of Frenchie's Girls
Jean Corbett
as One of Frenchie's Girls
Joe Evans
as Bowery Bum
Lola Kendrick
as One of Frenchie's Girls
Donald Kerr
as Bowery Bum
Reginald Simpson
as Casino Headwaiter
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Critic Reviews for The Belle of New York

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

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Lesser known MGM musical attempts to be whimsical and doesn't always succeed, but there are plenty of chances to see Fred Astaire & Vera-Ellen dance together (four production numbers in 82 minutes!); Fred's specialty number ("Seeing Is Believing") is ruined by ineffective special effects.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

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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TonyPolito Polito

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!

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