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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:
New York IS a wonderful town! 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:
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:
Gabey:Gesundheit.
Lucy Schmeeler:That's the nicest thing anybody ever said to me!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Confetti (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
On the TownSee more »

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30 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
New York IS a wonderful town!, 20 February 2001
Author: gary brumburgh (gbrumburgh@aol.com) from Los Angeles, California

Grand, sure-fire musical entertainment courtesy of MGM, "On the Town" brings euphoric life to the 'Big Apple' like no other piece of celluloid, comedy or drama, before or since. More than just a breath of fresh air, this breezy souffle of a movie is like taking a huge whiff of pure oxygen, leaving you so exhilarated you'd swear you were on some kind of substance-induced high. Drenched in old-fashioned innocence and loaded with dazzling footwork, it gave a tremendous boost to the careers of all involved and helped to create a whole new style of musical film.

Three swabbies on a 24-hour shore pass during WWII bask in the sights and delights of NYC while running into new lady loves in the interim. That's all there is to it. The first musical to actually shoot on location, the viewer has the surreal-like thrill of a first-time vacationer as the movie juxtaposes every tourist trap imaginable, plus some, while capturing the pulse and heart of the City to endless effect.

Briskly co-directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, the movie would initially appear to have everything going AGAINST it. The plot is so thin and flaky it almost evaporates into thin air. Moreover, the directors made the seemingly unwise choice of dumping nearly all of the charming Leonard Bernstein score and Betty Comden/Adolph Green libretto for newer, untried songs by Roger Edens. Well, in good reliable hands, this not only works, it dances circles around the original!

There's so much going for this movie in the name of talent that its hard to know where to begin. Gene Kelly prepped his choreographic talents here for the later landmark musicals "An American in Paris" and "Singin' in the Rain." He is sheer delight as the lovelorn sailor who pines for "Miss Turnstiles," a billboard fantasy. Jules Munshin unleashes pure Ed Wynn buffoonery as the sailor with the least animal magnetism. Even Frank Sinatra, allows himself to get caught up in all the fun.

And the girls are irresistible too. Betty Garrett shoots with both barrels as the man-chasing cabbie and proves she is quite capable of stepping up to the plate in the dance department. Lithe and lovely Vera-Ellen, who never won the attention she fully deserved, is poetry in motion as Kelly's dream come true. In particular, her adagios with Kelly are imbued with such unsullied passion that it can't help but tug at the ol' nostalgic heart-strings. Peppy Ann Miller is, as always, a revelation as the toe-tapping anthropologist, taking full advantage of the zingy score's newer songs and embellishing them with now-classic dance routines.

As a special treat, my favorite character actress, Alice Pearce, offers side-splitting comedy relief as Kelly's impromptu blind date managing to steal one song from the star ensemble while finding a touching moment of pathos in her final scene. The homely comedienne went on to play nosy neighbor Gladys Kravitz in the "Bewitched" TV series to Emmy-winning acclaim. Florence Bates also makes the most of her patented huff and scowl as a tipsy ballet mistress, and see if you can scout out an unbilled Bea Benadaret (Kate in "Petticoat Junction") as a subway tootsie.

Still the highlight, and there are many highlights, is the infectious title tune atop the Empire State Building with Kelly & Company. Nowhere in the history of filmed musicals will you find such barn-storming talent and exuberant fun packed into one simple little tune. That sequence is a natural tape-rewinder.

You know the old saying, "They don't make 'em like this anymore?" Oh, they are so right.

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