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On the Town (1949)

Not Rated | | 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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Release Date:

30 December 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un día en Nueva York  »


Box Office


$2,111,250 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The events, characters and firms depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual firms, is purely coincidental. See more »


When the boys dance on a bench atop the Empire State Building, the blinds on the other side of the wall wobble as the move, revealing the wall is really a set. See more »


Ozzie: [after Claire took photo of him beside prehistoric man statue] Er, what are you doing tonight?
Claire Huddesen: Now just a minute! I want you to know that my interest in you is purely scientific. I'm just a cold-blooded scientist. And I'm writing an anthropological study for this musuem. It's called : "The Modern Man... And What It Is"
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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 »


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Prehistoric Man
Music by Roger Edens
Lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden
Sung by Ann Miller
Danced by Ann Miller, Jules Munshin, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Betty Garrett
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Classic musical that set Kelly on the path of true stardom
28 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

Great score by Bernstein and awesome dancing (of course) by Kelly and company. Nice color and photography, engaging and amusing story lags only at the end. Sinatra is pleasingly pursued by Betty Garrett (much as in the previous "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"). Only 4 songs from the original musical by Bernstein, MGM pulls another "Roger Eden" (a man whose mission in life seemed to have been to ruin good stage musicals.... as witness his atrocity of "Funny Face").

Comden and Green's wonderful sparkling words are often missed, but this musical did fortunately bring their talents to the attention of MGM, Freed, Kelly and Donen. They scripted "Singing in the Rain" and I guess the rest is history, although Comden and Green should be better remembered for their outstanding broadway hits: "On the Town", "Wonderful Town", "Bells are Ringing" and so many more.

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