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On the Town (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 30 December 1949 (USA)
Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up.

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Storyline

Three sailors - Gabey, Chip and Ozzie - let loose on a 24-hour pass in New York and the Big Apple will never be the same! Gabey falls head over heels for "Miss Turnstiles of the Month" (he thinks she's a high society deb when she's really a 'cooch dancer at Coney Island); innocent Chip gets highjacked (literally) by a lady cab driver; and Ozzie becomes the object of interest of a gorgeous anthropologist who thinks he's the perfect example of a "prehistoric man". Wonderful music and terrific shots of New York at its best. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Come On, Everybody, Let's Go On the Town! See more »


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30 December 1949 (USA)  »

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Un día en Nueva York  »

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$2,111,250 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ann Miller commented in a TCM interview that at least one take of her big tap number to "Prehistoric Man" was ruined because of her own costume. She had been dancing very close to the large dinosaur , and during a series of her trademark tap spins, the flared skirt she was wearing brushed against some of the bones and brought the entire exhibit crashing to the ground. Filming was halted for a considerable time while it was put back together. See more »

Goofs

In the dance studio when Gaby tells Ivy what time to meet him, they both mouth "seven-thirty", but a voice overdub corrects both to "eight-thirty", which is the time Gaby set with the rest of the group. See more »

Quotes

[attempting to escape from the police]
Gabey: Hilde, do you know where we can hide?
Brunhilde Esterhazy: Sure, I know a place right across the Brooklyn bridge where they'll never find us.
Gabey: Where is it?
Brunhilde Esterhazy: Brooklyn!
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Crazy Credits

Before the actual credits the film opens with an embossed card on a silver dish, reading: "A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Silver Anniversary Picture." Most of the studio's 1949 releases opened with this. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Sonny and Cher Show: Episode #1.9 (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Town
(uncredited)
Music by Roger Edens
Lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden
Sung and danced by Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Ann Miller, Betty Garrett, and Vera-Ellen
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"We're going on the town..."
29 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Boy, is this a great film! Three sailors on a 24-hour shore leave, their first time visiting New York City, set of to find some pretty girls and have a good time. They find some girls, only not the ones they'd imagined, and it all turns into quite an experience, something our navy boys weren't really prepared for.

Arthur Freed, producer and head of "the Freed Unit" at MGM, hit the jackpot in trusting directors Kelly and Donen to film on site in New York, in the days when most movies were totally shot in studios. "On the Town" had been a big hit on Broadway, and the movie turned out to be a great success. This was the highlight of movie musicals.

There's a great cast, and the best thing about this movie is that all six main characters are in focus and get a chance to show themselves off. Some pretty smart songs, some original and some written for the film, and a witty dialogue.

If ya like sailors, New York, Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, you absolutely must see "On the Town".

9/10


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