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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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Judge Gordon Kimbell
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Mrs. Livingston
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Nat King Cole (as Nat King Cole)
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Mac
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Hemmingway
Jonathan Cott ...
Jim the Cop
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Dennis Kimbell (as Bobby Hyatt)
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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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Amore provinciale  »

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

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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 »

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Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Small Towns Are Smile Towns
(uncredited)
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Jane Powell
[Cindy sings the song to Rick in jail]
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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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