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Cindy Kimbell
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Rick Belrow Livingston
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Lisa Bellmount
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Papa Eric Schlemmer
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Judge Gordon Kimbell
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Ludwig Schlemmer
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Mrs. Livingston
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Mrs. Kimbell
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Nat King Cole
Dean Miller ...
Mac
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Ted, News Photographer
Philip Tonge ...
Hemmingway, Butler
Jonathan Cott ...
Jim, Cop
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Dennis Kimball (as Bobby Hyatt)
Rudy Lee ...
Jimmy
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Rick Belrow Livingston, in love with Broadway star Lisa, is sentenced to 30 days in jail for speeding through a small town. He persuades the judge's daughter Cindy to let him leave for one night, so that he can visit Lisa on her birthday. After that he goes on the town with Cindy and she falls in love with him. But Dr. Schemmer wants his son to become her husband. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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THE NEW HIPPITY-HOP MUSICAL! (original print ad - all caps)

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10 April 1953 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Peter Wolfe's 1988 music video "Come As You Are" is an homage to Bobby Van's street dance in this movie. Wolfe re-create's Van's dance quite faithfully, and early in the music video Wolfe passes a poster for "Small Town Girl". See more »

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During Ludwig's hopping dance through town, when he goes from the Indian statue to the horse, a shadow of the camera crane is visible and moving on the brick wall behind him. See more »

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Featured in Busby Berkeley: Going Through the Roof (1998) See more »

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Take Me To Broadway
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Bobby Van
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Doing the Bunny Hop
19 April 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Small town America (Duck Creek) battles big city New York in this generally entertaining musical. Big city boy Rick (Granger) discovers the virtues of small town living, especially when it includes winsome Cindy (Powell). While small town boy Ludwig (Van) yearns for career opportunities on the Broadway stage. Getting it all straightened out takes about 90-minutes.

Nobody could idealize small town America like MGM. Here everyone in Duck Creek is neighborly, polite, and God-fearing— all in squeaky-clean candy-box Technicolor. Fortunately, the cast blends in nicely— a sparkly Powell, a dreamy Granger, and a perky Ann Miller tap-dancing her way as usual into everyone's heart. Also, mustn't overlook a gangly Bobby Van stealing the show with a 5-minute bunny hop through town-- I'm exhausted just thinking about that.

Unfortunately, the vocals are pretty forgettable, with the exception of Handel's Messiah that closes the film. Too bad Nat King Cole didn't get to croon one of his signature tunes, like Mona Lisa. Nothing special here, just a lot of entertaining eye candy, courtesy that old dream machine, MGM.


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