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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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(as Leslie Kardos)

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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
Philip Tonge ...
Hemmingway
Jonathan Cott ...
Jim the Cop
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Dennis Kimbell (as Bobby Hyatt)
Rudy Lee ...
Jimmy
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Storyline

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  »

Box Office

Budget:

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

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jane Powell was pregnant during the filming of this movie. She later recalled, "I was sick all the time and don't remember much about it." See more »

Goofs

During Ludwig's hopping dance through town, when he gets to the workmen on the sidewalk, brown sandbags are on the ground and two or three shovels are leaning against the wall as seen from overhead. But in the next shot from ground level, the sandbags are gone and there is only one shovel, and it's different from the ones in the previous shot. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

My Gaucho
(uncredited)
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Ann Miller & male chorus
[Lisa dances to the song when Rick arrives at the theater the second time]
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Bobby Van Hopping Dance Number
1 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

Van's "hippity hop" dance number was done on the MGM back lot, not a sound stage. The movie version has at least 3 cuts, so it wasn't filmed in one long take. Busby Berkeley choreographed the number, with 8,523 hops, on both feet for 3 minutes, TRT. (It's not the same as "Take Me to Broadway" which is danced inside his father's store.

In recent years, the "Jumping Song" performed by Bobby Van has been referenced in commercials and music videos, including one for Goldfrapps song "Happiness", in which a happy man jumps through the streets, shaking hands with people and playing with garbage can lids.

Rick Belrow Livingston (Farley Granger), in love with self-obsessed Broadway star Lisa, (Ann Miller), is sentenced to 30 days in jail for speeding through a small town. Quite by accident, he meets the daughter of the judge, Cindy Kimbell (Jane Powell). He persuades her to let him out for one night, so that he can visit Lisa on the premise he is seeing his "poor sick mother" (Billie Burke) on her birthday. After tracking him down and bringing him back to town, Cindy starts to fall for Livingston, but Dr. Schemmer (S.Z. Sakall) wants her to marry his son (Bobby Van) even though he desperately wants a career on Broadway.


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