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Small Town Girl (1953)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Cindy Kimbell
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Richard Belrow Livingston III
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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 (as Nat King Cole)
Dean Miller ...
Mac
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Ted
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Hemmingway
Jonathan Cott ...
Jim the Cop
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Dennis Kimbell (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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jail | son | daughter | judge | newspaper | See All (52) »

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

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Musical | Romance

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Release Date:

10 April 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amore provinciale  »

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Budget:

$1,438,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film did poorly at the box office, resulting in a loss of $287,000 ($2.61M in 2017) for MGM according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

References Portrait of Jennie (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Gotta Hear that Beat
(uncredited)
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Ann Miller
[Lisa sings and dances to the song when Rick arrives at the theater the first time]
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The Story of One Small Town Girl
13 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's nothing wrong about a small town and those living the small-town lifestyle. That's what city boy Farley Granger finds out, when he's stopped for going 85 in a 25 mile zone. When the sheriff's daughter, played by Jane Powell and who is the "Small Town Girl," sees him, she instantly takes a liking to him. Who wouldn't? But she doesn't admit it. When her father gives him 30 days in the clinker to prove a point, Farley becomes adamant that he isn't staying the full term, because it's ludicrous to stay that long. He even goes so far to withstand the food given him, at least the food made by deputy Chill Wills. (Other small town girls sneak in hamburgers through the window.) Farley was incidentally going to be married to Ann Miller, but with his incarceration, it's obviously postponed. But will it be altogether dropped? This lightweight musical comedy may not be that important, but I have not been so entertained and left feeling so good in a long time. Its energy and upbeat musical numbers are infectious, especially Ann Miller's two dance numbers and Bobby Van's hopping number. And, Jane Powell has never looked lovelier. Costarring S.Z. Sakall, Billie Burke, Fay Wray, and Robert Keith as Jane's father and the voice of reason, who wants to eat his dinner in peace, this is one small town story that's sure to please even the crankiest of city people.


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