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The Belle of New York (1952)

In squeaky-clean New York at the turn of the century, playboy Charlie Hill falls so much in love that he can walk on air. The object of his affections is beautiful Angela Bonfils, a mission... See full summary »

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In squeaky-clean New York at the turn of the century, playboy Charlie Hill falls so much in love that he can walk on air. The object of his affections is beautiful Angela Bonfils, a mission house worker in the Bowery. He promises to reform his dissolute life, even trying to do an honest day's work. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@alumni.umbc.edu>

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22 February 1952 (USA)  »

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$2,606,644 (estimated)
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Based on the first American stage musical to play London's West End, where it was a big hit in 1897. See more »

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During the "Currier and Ives" segment they are skating on a frozen pond in the "Winter" sequence. The refrigerant pipes for freezing the pond are clearly visible under the ice in several shots. See more »

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Hills' Butler: Did you shoot mam?
Dixie 'Deadshot' McCoy: The shooting's just beginning.
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Featured in Great Performances: The Fred Astaire Songbook (1991) See more »

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I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung and Danced by Fred Astaire
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Sweet, charming and light
26 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Belle of New York is not one of Fred Astaire's best movies but it is nowhere near his worst. Everything about the movie is sweet, charming and light. Vera Ellen is one of the best dancers in Hollywood and a great partner for Fred. The color is beautiful. The sets and the costumes are fantastic, and while it is true it is not one of the strongest stories, there are some good laughs along the way. The music is charming. The dancing is excellent. And the movie just glides along, mostly due to the very plentiful musical numbers. If you want some dramatic tension, look elsewhere. This movie has none. If you like musicals, if you like good dancing, in particular if you like Vera Ellen, this movie is a must see. The quality of the DVD release is excellent.


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