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Writers:
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Release Date:
30 December 1949 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Come On, Everybody, Let's Go On the Town! See more »
Plot:
Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Hard to resist going out 'On The Town' with *this* cast! See more (86 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Kelly ... Gabey

Frank Sinatra ... Chip

Betty Garrett ... Brunhilde Esterhazy

Ann Miller ... Claire Huddesen
Jules Munshin ... Ozzie

Vera-Ellen ... Ivy Smith
Florence Bates ... Mme. Dilyovska
Alice Pearce ... Lucy Schmeeler
George Meader ... Professor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murray Alper ... Cab Company Owner (uncredited)
Bette Arlen ... Dancer in 'Day in New York' Ballet (uncredited)
Anne Beck ... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)

Bea Benaderet ... Brooklyn Girl on Subway (uncredited)
Gladys Blake ... Brooklyn Girl on Subway (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Waiter (uncredited)
Leonard Bremen ... Spectator (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Photo Layout Man (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Claire Carleton ... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Peter Chong ... Bartender (uncredited)
Dorinda Clifton ... Dancer in 'Day in New York' Ballet (uncredited)

Hans Conried ... Francois - Head Waiter (uncredited)
Jeanne Coyne ... Dancer in 'Day in New York' Ballet (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Subway Passenger (uncredited)
Tom Dugan ... Officer Tracy, Car 44 (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock ... Little Girl's Mother (uncredited)
James A. FitzPatrick ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Wanda Flippen ... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Policeman (uncredited)
Carol Haney ... Dancer in 'Day in New York' Ballet (uncredited)
Timmy Hawkins ... Boy in Subway (uncredited)
Bern Hoffman ... Shipyard Singer (uncredited)

Judy Holliday ... Daisy - Simpkins' MGM Date (voice) (uncredited)
Curtis Loys Jackson Jr. ... Boy in Subway (uncredited)
Richard Kean ... Poet Type (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Sign Poster (uncredited)
Jack G. Lee ... Speed Cop (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Max the Photographer (uncredited)

Gloria Marlen ... Dancer in 'Day in New York' Ballet (uncredited)
Helen McAllister ... Kooch Girl (uncredited)

Sid Melton ... Spud (uncredited)
Diane Nance ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Kerry O'Day ... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Norman Ollestad ... Boy in Subway (uncredited)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Sailor Simkins (uncredited)
Royal Raymond ... Barker (uncredited)
Alex Romero ... Sailor in 'Day in New York' Ballet (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Officer Mulrooney (uncredited)
Lee Scott ... Dancer in 'Day in New York' Ballet (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Tough Marine in Subway (uncredited)
Robert Smith ... Spectator (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Man in Subway Station (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Sailor Kovarsky (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Police Sergeant - Car 44 (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Speed Cop (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stanley Donen 
Gene Kelly 
 
Writing credits
Adolph Green (screenplay) and
Betty Comden (screenplay)

Adolph Green (based upon the musical play whose book was by) and
Betty Comden (based upon the musical play whose book was by)

Jerome Robbins (idea)

Produced by
Roger Edens .... associate producer
Arthur Freed .... producer
 
Original Music by
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph E. Winters 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Gertsman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jack D. Moore .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Richard Gramaglia .... sound (uncredited)
John A. Williams .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Isbell .... grip (uncredited)
Robert Martin .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Rose .... costumes
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leonard Bernstein .... based upon the musical play with music by
Leonard Bernstein .... based upon the musical play: lyrics by
Saul Chaplin .... vocal arrangements
Betty Comden .... additional songs: lyrics by
Betty Comden .... based upon the musical play: lyrics by
Roger Edens .... additional songs: music by
Adolph Green .... additional songs: lyrics by
Adolph Green .... based upon the musical play: lyrics by
Lennie Hayton .... musical director
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrations
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
 
Other crew
George Abbott .... directed on the stage by
Paul Feigay .... stage producer
James Gooch .... Technicolor color consultant
Henri Jaffa .... Technicolor color consultant
Oliver Smith .... stage producer
Jeanne Coyne .... assistant: Mr. Kelly, Hollywood (uncredited)
Carol Haney .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Alex Romero .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
98 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:PG (video rating) | Chile:TE | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (re-issue) (2007) | UK:U (video rating) (1988) (2003) (2007) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #13929) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
In her screen debut, Alice Pearce repeated her 1944 Broadway stage role as Lucy Shmeeler (the roommate with the unfortunate sneezing problem). Alice Pearce is also fondly remembered as the first actress to portray nosy neighbor Gladys Kravitz on TV's "Bewitched" (1964). Pearce was the only member of the original Broadway cast to appear in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: When the boys are looking for clues on the poster in order to find Miss Turnstiles they find her likes and dislikes. The only problem is none of that is actually mentioned on the poster they have or any that the viewer sees.See more »
Quotes:
Brunhilde Esterhazy:[as Lucy prepares to go out] Don't worry, Lucy, I'll do the same for you one of these days.
Lucy Schmeeler:When will you ever get the opportunity?
Chip:Goodbye, Miss Schmeeler.
Lucy Schmeeler:Goodbye, Mr. Chips!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Boys Life 5 (2006) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Prehistoric ManSee more »

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37 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Hard to resist going out 'On The Town' with *this* cast!, 3 July 2002
Author: gaityr from United Kingdom

I've rewatched both these movie musicals in the space of a week, and ON THE TOWN is no SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. I mean, what is? By 1952, the sheer technical mastery of Gene Kelly had melded perfectly with an entire soundtrack of classics and a clever, satirical plotline with some of the best film characters ever created (Lina Lamont, anybody?).

Having got *that* out of the way, however, there is simply no denying that ON THE TOWN is essential viewing in the Kelly oeuvre. It tells the story of three lonely sailors who finally get shore leave in New York for 24 hours. Of course, they're on the prowl to paint the town red, preferably with girls on their arms. (Though for a brief while Sinatra does charmingly play a skinny little geek bent on seeing the sights of New York, flinging facts from his guide book and appearing unaffected by Betty Garrett's streetwise cabbie flinging herself at him.) Gabey (Gene Kelly) falls for 'Miss Turnstiles' or Ivy Smith (Vera-Ellen), and spends the day trying to track her down from information on the poster. Chip (Frank Sinatra) meets cabbie Hildy (Garrett) who teaches him how to have a little fun while they romp gaily through two great duets together ('Come Up To My Place' and 'You're Awful'). Ozzie (Jules Munshin), in the meantime, gets entangled with the Claire Huddesen (an absolutely delightful Ann Miller), who likes how much he resembles her ideal 'Prehistoric Man'. They dance and sing their way through a series of misunderstandings between Gabey and Ivy, but all comes right in the end as the girls bid their fellows farewell from the dock.

So what's so good about ON THE TOWN, you ask? Well, first of all, it's brilliant fun and very amusing--from the dancing to the singing to the snappy dialogue. It takes a while to get used to the *very* forward New York women (played with marvellous wit and charm by Garrett and Miller), but once you get over their throwing themselves at Chip and 'Specimen' respectively, you really appreciate ON THE TOWN for what it is: pure, unadulterated, and unpretentious entertainment.

Granted: The songs aren't as catchy as in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. But there are definitely some minor classics to be heard here--'You're Awful', Frankie's serenading of Betty, and 'Count On Me' being among them. I thought it was a really nice touch to have Bern Hoffman singing a lazy-morning song, 'I'm Feeling Like I'm Not Out Of Bed' to bookend the film beginning and end, to give the sense of a full day having passed.

It should probably also be granted that there isn't quite enough dancing, especially not from Gene Kelly (who is always a delight to watch, even when mostly playing the bystander as he was in the 'Count On Me' number) and Ann Miller, who got the chance to show off her amazing tap-dancing skills and gorgeous gams in the wildly energetic 'Prehistoric Man'. (It only whetted my appetite to see *more* of her dancing and singing! I'd have liked it if Miller's role was expanded, period. She gave her character an indescribable life and vivacity in the limited screen time she had and overshadowed Vera-Ellen easily.). I'd have loved it if Kelly had danced properly with Miller too, the latter being one of the best female tap-dancers in the business. All the same, the sweet ballad 'Main Street' that Gabey sings to Ivy is accompanied by a beautiful dance routine that shades naturally and easily from dancing to walking and back again--a perfect example of Gene Kelly's ability as both dancer and choreographer to present and capture movie magic with no special effects. I actually much prefer the 'New York Ballet' in this film to the one in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, mostly because it fits the plot beautifully, and is smaller and more intimate and more focused on Gene Kelly the dancer rather than Gene Kelly the choreographer. It gives Kelly the opportunity to shine as both dancer *and* actor: the scenes when he dances with the Miss Turnstiles poster are achingly believable in the way they could only be if Kelly were dancing in them. The shadow sequence at the ballet barre with Vera-Ellen is also something incredible to behold and perfectly-staged.

ON THE TOWN is a great night at the movies, and is time well-spent with a few characters you really get to know, an excellent cast (Alice Pearce practically steals the entire show as Lucy Schmeeler, for example--not an easy task considering who she was playing against!), and a great soundtrack. It's probably one of the best precursors you could have to Kelly's much more ambitious musical undertakings in the form of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. But on its merits, it is definitely worth watching. Perhaps again and again. 8/10.

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