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The Belle of New York (1952)

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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... 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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M.G.M's Gay TECHNICOLOR Musical!


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22 February 1952 (USA)  »

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$2,606,644 (estimated)
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Fred Astaire had been set for the lead for this film since the mid-1940s by producer Arthur Freed. The film was originated as a project for Astaire and Judy Garland. But since the two stars had overlapping film schedules, the project never materialized until the early 1950's with Astaire and Vera-Ellen. 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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Mrs. Phineas Hill: And when you leave, take Buffalo Bill with you!
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Featured in Great Performances: The Fred Astaire Songbook (1991) See more »

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Seeing's Believing
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung and Danced by Fred Astaire
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A sub-par Astaire flick
29 January 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Fred Astaire plays a playboy (an odd job of casting there) and he becomes infatuated with a lady (Vera-Ellen) working in a mission in New York City. So, to impress her, he tries to give up his playboy ways and get an honest job. Can he win her or is he simply out of his league? Despite being filmed in beautiful Technicolor, this is an amazingly sub-par film for Fred Astaire. Despite a lot of songs and dance numbers, none of them stand out--particularly the songs. And, to make matters worse, there really isn't a lot of plot or chemistry in this film. It's a shame, as I adore Astaire films--but this one left me very, very flat. It also didn't help that the film used the traveling matte technique to make people appear to fly. The technique seemed crude and very fake. I'd rather they spent their money writing some better songs than coming up with silly special effects. The only reason the film earns a 5 is that a bad Astaire film STILL is a pretty decent film!


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