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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:
"Gotta See The Whole Town, From Yonkers On Down To The Bay ... In Just One Day" See more (85 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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
"On the Town" originally debuted on Broadway on December 28, 1944 at the Adelphi Theatre running 462 performances with a cast that included Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Nancy Walker.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Near the end of "Prehistoric Man" when the dancing moves in front of the dinosaur, Claire's mark can be seen on the floor.See more »
Quotes:
Chip:Gee, Gabey, why d'ya wanna chase girls all the time?
Gabey:I'll tell ya when your voice changes, junior.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
That's All There Is, FolksSee more »

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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
"Gotta See The Whole Town, From Yonkers On Down To The Bay ... In Just One Day", 26 January 1999
Author: Michael Coy (michael.coy@virgin.net) from London, England

The Bronx is up and the Battery's down, and Kelly and Sinatra are back in sailor suits, in this effervescent MGM musical. The three matelots (our two heroes are joined by Jules Munshin for this caper) have a 24-hour shore leave in which to savour New York City. "What can happen to ya in one day?" asks a shipyard worker, and the guys answer the question by picking up girls, destroying a dinosaur and getting chased to Coney Island by the cops... in just one day.

Leonard Bernstein composed the tunes, and the writers of the stage show (Green & Comden) provided the lyrics, supplemented by Bernstein himself and the associate producer, Roger Edens. Of the songs, "On The Town" and "You Can Count On Me" are nerve-tingling showstoppers. "Prehistoric Man" is much weaker, but saved by crisp, playful choreography. The two expressionist ballets, "Miss Turnstiles" and "A Day In New York" bear the hallmark of Kelly's directorial style, which first reached its maturity in this picture. Kelly's slide on his knees towards the 'Miss Turnstiles' poster is a piece of cinema magic.

Kelly plays Gabey, a supposedly worldly-wise lady's man who turns out to be a Mid-Western innocent in the big city, and who falls in love with a struggling hoofer(Vera-Ellen), a girl he takes to be a celebrity. Sinatra is the serious-minded Chip, the enthusiastic sightseer who gets snapped up by Hildie Esterhazy (Betty Garrett), a knowing cabbie who has one aim - to get Chip alone in her apartment. Ann Miller sings and dances impeccably as Claire Huddesen, the bluestocking who gets turned on by Ozzie's primitive quality.

"On The Town" has a daffy story, as musicals often do, but it fizzes with flirtatious youthful energy. Each of the three couples has its own song and/or dance, and these are sensitively tailored to suit the individuals' personalities. The Empire State Building observation platform set is a knockout, and the film's sense of fun even extends to a sly Ava Gardner joke at Sinatra's expense. Notional time runs from 6am at the start of the boys' leave ('boys', or 'kids' as they are twice described, is not quite accurate - Kelly was 37 and the other two 34 at the time of filming) until 6am the following morning, as it ends. Three new sailors come charging down the gangway to start their 24 hours in the Big Apple, reminding us that love and youth are eternal, and New York's a wonderful town.

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