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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cindy Kimbell
Rick Belrow Livingston
Lisa Bellmount
Papa Eric Schlemmer
Robert Keith ...
Judge Gordon Kimbell
Bobby Van ...
Ludwig Schlemmer
Mrs. Livingston
Mrs. Kimbell
Nat King Cole
Dean Miller ...
Ted, News Photographer
Philip Tonge ...
Hemmingway, Butler
Jonathan Cott ...
Jim, Cop
Dennis Kimball (as Bobby Hyatt)
Rudy Lee ...


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

10 April 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amore provinciale  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Bobby Van performs a long 'dance' sequence in which he jumps continuously. At first glance it seems that he does it all in one take. However, the dance was so tiring that it was cut into four segments so that he could rest. The cuts are covered by changes in camera angle and placement. See more »


Referenced in Skullduggery (1983) See more »


The Fellow I'd Follow
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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The Virtues of the Small Town
9 August 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jane Powell gets to try a role first done by Janet Gaynor in a musical remake of Small Town Girl. Though she has top billing the best numbers in the film are given to Bobby Van and Ann Miller.

Playboy Farley Granger goes whizzing through Jane's small town and interrupts the church service. The cops clock Farley at 85 miles an hour and he's arrested and hauled before Judge Robert Keith. Farley's passenger is fiancé and musical comedy star Ann Miller. They're in a big rush to elope.

As it turns out the Judge is Jane's father and Farley's attitude earns him 30 days in the joint. Jane also has a boyfriend in Bobby Van, the son of the local department store owner, S.Z. Sakall. Of course she takes one look at handsome Farley and she shifts her romantic gears.

The big number that everyone remembers from Small Town Girl is Take Me to Broadway where Bobby Van acts like a human pogo going through the entire town or at least one very big MGM soundstage. The original film had James Stewart in Van's part and was considerably smaller.

Robert Taylor was in Farley Granger's part and wasn't quite as haughty or arrogant as Granger plays it here. Yet in both cases you can see why the small town girl thought Prince Charming arrived.

Small Town Girl is not the best MGM musical done, nor is it the best of Jane Powell's films for MGM. But it's entertaining enough.

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