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Writers:
Adolph Green (screenplay) and
Betty Comden (screenplay) ...
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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:
Enjoyable Enough for Anyone in the Mood for Soft-centred Escapist Entertainment 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)

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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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:
This movie marked the screen debut of actresses Carol Haney and Bea Benaderet.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
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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Soundtrack:
On the TownSee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable Enough for Anyone in the Mood for Soft-centred Escapist Entertainment, 8 July 2005
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

This film has a very simple plot. Three sailors have 24 hours shore leave in New York. They met three attractive girls, and three romances blossom. And that's about it. The characterisation is really no more advanced than the plot development. The sailors and their sweethearts are each given their own idiosyncrasies, but none of them really emerges as a rounded individual. Fortunately, however, a complex plot and well-developed characters are not always essential to the musical genre, and "On the Town" manages to succeed reasonably well without these elements.

The film's most important quality is the energy and vivacity of its song-and-dance numbers. It was shot on location in New York itself, and the city is portrayed as a vibrant, exciting place, a new world as far as the sailors, who are all country boys, are concerned. There is also plenty of humour, such as the scene where Frank Sinatra wants to go sight-seeing, unlike his new-found girlfriend, a man-hungry female cab driver, who would rather take him back to "my place", Gene Kelly's search for "Miss Turnstiles", whom he imagines to be a glamorous and famous beauty queen, and the scene where the three men manage to demolish a dinosaur skeleton in the city's Museum of Anthropology. (Jules Munshin's girlfriend is described as a lady anthropologist, although the scriptwriters seem to have blurred the difference between anthropology and palaeontology). The songs are tuneful, although with the possible exception of "New York, New York" none of them are particularly memorable. Some have criticised the more formal balletic sequence near the end, but as far as I was concerned this was one of the best parts of the movie. After all, if you are going to make a film starring a dancer as talented as Gene Kelly, you might as well use his talents to the full.

This is not really my favourite musical. It lacks, for example, the indefinable magic of "Singin' in the Rain", which also starred Kelly, or the depth and social comment of "West Side Story", Leonard Bernstein's other New York musical made twelve years later. (The contrast between these two films shows just how far the genre had progressed in just over a decade). Nevertheless, it is enjoyable enough for anyone in the mood for soft-centred escapist entertainment. 7/10

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