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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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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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$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

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 »

Goofs

When Rick is showing Cindy around New York, a clip of the Sambacabana club from the movie On The Town is reused with Ann Miller, Jules Munshin, Gene Kelly, Vera Ellen, Frank Sinatra, and Betty Garrett in the background. See more »

Connections

References The Merry Widow (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

The Fellow I'd Follow
(uncredited)
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Jane Powell
[Cindy sings the song at the party at the Livingston mansion]
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Another entertaining entry from the Golden Age of MGM
1 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

SMALL TOWN GIRL was a 1953 musical from the MGM stable about a rich playboy (Farley Granger) who gets arrested for driving too fast through a small town and falls for the sheriff's pretty young daughter (Jane Powell). Nothing really special here, Granger and Powell are charming enough, but this film will always standout in my mind because of two musical numbers performed by supporting players Ann Miller and Bobby Van. Both of these numbers would later be featured in different installments of THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT. "You Gotta Hear that Beat" was a sizzling production number featuring Ann Miller dancing amongst a disembodied orchestra where you only see the arms/hands of the orchestra playing various instruments. The second number "Take Me To Broadway" featured Van as a human pogo stick, bouncing his way all over town, greeting people and interacting with people and places in town, but he never stops hopping. It's just an amazing number and because of these two musical highlights, SMALL TOWN GIRL is a film I will always remember.


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