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On the Town (1949)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 30 December 1949 (USA)
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 »
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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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Certificate:

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$2,111,250 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Judy Holliday dubbed in the following line of dialogue for an uncredited bit player billed as Daisy: "The grass is always greener, if ya know what I mean." The line was designed to get a big laugh, but audiences didn't react to it in previews until it was dubbed by Holliday. See more »

Goofs

When they are brought to a corner of the crowded night club, they are sitting at a round table. Next to them is a round table that has a burning candle stick. A girl is being swung around over them, blowing out the candle. When the 6 actors decide to get up and join them the candle which had previously been burned out is now lit and has a hurricane glass over it. See more »

Quotes

Brunhilde Esterhazy: [as Lucy prepares to go out] Don't worry, Lucy, I'll do the same for you one of these days.
Lucy Schmeeler: When will you ever get the opportunity?
Chip: Goodbye, Miss Schmeeler.
Lucy Schmeeler: Goodbye, Mr. Chips!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Wombling Free (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

That's All There Is, Folks
(uncredited)
Music by Roger Edens
Lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden
Danced by Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin
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Classic musical that set Kelly on the path of true stardom
28 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Great score by Bernstein and awesome dancing (of course) by Kelly and company. Nice color and photography, engaging and amusing story lags only at the end. Sinatra is pleasingly pursued by Betty Garrett (much as in the previous "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"). Only 4 songs from the original musical by Bernstein, MGM pulls another "Roger Eden" (a man whose mission in life seemed to have been to ruin good stage musicals.... as witness his atrocity of "Funny Face").

Comden and Green's wonderful sparkling words are often missed, but this musical did fortunately bring their talents to the attention of MGM, Freed, Kelly and Donen. They scripted "Singing in the Rain" and I guess the rest is history, although Comden and Green should be better remembered for their outstanding broadway hits: "On the Town", "Wonderful Town", "Bells are Ringing" and so many more.


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