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On the Town (1949)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 30 December 1949 (USA)
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Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up.

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Adolph Green (screenplay), Betty Comden (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Kelly ... Gabey
Frank Sinatra ... Chip
Betty Garrett ... Brunhilde Esterhazy
Ann Miller ... Claire Huddesen
Jules Munshin ... Ozzie
Vera-Ellen ... Ivy Smith
Florence Bates ... Mme. Dilyovska
Alice Pearce ... Lucy Shmeeler
George Meader George Meader ... Professor
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Storyline

Three sailors - Gabey, Chip and Ozzie - let loose on a 24-hour pass in New York and the Big Apple will never be the same! Gabey falls head over heels for "Miss Turnstiles of the Month" (he thinks she's a high society deb when she's really a 'cooch dancer at Coney Island); innocent Chip gets highjacked (literally) by a lady cab driver; and Ozzie becomes the object of interest of a gorgeous anthropologist who thinks he's the perfect example of a "prehistoric man". Wonderful music and terrific shots of New York at its best. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Come On, Everybody, Let's Go On the Town! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un día en Nueva York See more »

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Budget:

$2,111,250 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Sinatra did not want to do the movie, but was talked into it by producer Arthur Freed with the promise that he would be able to sing Leonard Bernstein's ballad "Lonely Town" from the stage version. He was bitter when, after he pre-recorded the song, directors Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen decided not to film it. See more »

Goofs

In the dance studio when Gaby tells Ivy what time to meet him, they both mouth "seven-thirty", but a voice overdub corrects both to "eight-thirty", which is the time Gaby set with the rest of the group. See more »

Quotes

Brunhilde Esterhazy: I knew you'd come back. They all come back.
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Crazy Credits

Before the actual credits the film opens with an embossed card on a silver dish, reading: "A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Silver Anniversary Picture." Most of the studio's 1949 releases opened with this. See more »

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Soundtracks

On the Town
(uncredited)
Music by Roger Edens
Lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden
Sung and danced by Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Ann Miller, Betty Garrett, and Vera-Ellen
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Pity about the music
24 November 2008 | by jpscanlon-1See all my reviews

It is surprising how many people don't seem to realise (or don't care) that a large fraction of Leonard Bernstein's music score, written for the original stage musical of 1944, was dropped when this film was made. Only four of the original numbers were retained. The replacement music, credited in the titles to Roger Edens, is serviceable enough but simpler and decidedly more brash, and as such it detracts somewhat from the character of the original. In particular the absence of such numbers as 'What's more I can cook' and 'Some other time' is highly regrettable. It seems odd to me that that having done the maestro such a disservice the film was still awarded a music Oscar in 1950. Nevertheless it remains a highly entertaining romp – how could it fail with a cast that includes Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen. It's just that it could have been even better.

For anyone who wants to find out what Bernstein's original score was like, there is a live recording of a semi-staged performance of the musical made in London in 1992 with the London Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas and a magnificent cast of singers including Thomas Hampson and Frederica von Stade. The only thing you don't get is the dancing! It is available on CD and hopefully a few copies of the video may be knocking around. Unfortunately it seems that no DVD was ever released.


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