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On the Town (1949)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  30 December 1949 (USA)
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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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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 <>

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30 December 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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The chorus girls in the "Club Dixieland" sequence are wearing costumes used previously by MGM chorus dancers in_The Harvey Girls (1946)_. See more »


Spectators can be seen watching the filming of the "New York, New York" number in Rockfeller Center (though it could be argued that the sight of three men in navy uniforms singing and dancing might attract attention, even in New York). See more »


GabeyChipOzzie: [singing] New York, New York, a wonderful town / The Bronx is up and the Battery down / The people ride in a hole in the ground / New York, New York, it's a wonderful town!
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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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A Day in New York
Music by Leonard Bernstein
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'On the Town' paints the town red!
15 February 2003 | by (Zionsville, Indiana) – See all my reviews

I have found that On the Town is one of the best movies from the 1940's. It has the perfect chemistry for a movie. From the all-star cast of Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller, Vera Ellen and others to the script itself written by the wonderful Betty Comden and Adolph Green, it is no wonder that this movie is still around. When 3 sailors have a leave in NYC, and their main objective is to pick up girls, you know that you are in for some laughs. From the dinosaur to the cab drivers, this movie is a score on my list. The dancing is also great. Ann Miller taps her heart away and Gene Kelly amazes us yet again. This movie is here to stay!

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