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The Belle of New York (1952)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 22 February 1952 (USA)
In squeaky-clean New York at the turn of the century, playboy Charlie Hill falls so much in love that he can walk on air. The object of his affections is beautiful Angela Bonfils, a mission... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Walters

Writers:

C.M.S. McLellan (play) (as Hugh Morton), Chester Erskine (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Charlie Hill
Vera-Ellen ... Angela Bonfils
Marjorie Main ... Mrs. Phineas Hill
Keenan Wynn ... Max Ferris
Alice Pearce ... Elsie Wilkins
Clinton Sundberg ... Gilford Spivak
Gale Robbins ... Dixie 'Deadshot' McCoy
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Storyline

In squeaky-clean New York at the turn of the century, playboy Charlie Hill falls so much in love that he can walk on air. The object of his affections is beautiful Angela Bonfils, a mission house worker in the Bowery. He promises to reform his dissolute life, even trying to do an honest day's work. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@alumni.umbc.edu>

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remake | based on play | dance | See All (3) »

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M.G.M's Gay TECHNICOLOR Musical!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La belle de New York See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,606,644 (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

The redhead who gives the toast at Charlie's bachelor dinner is played by Lyn Wilde, one of the Wilde Twins, who appeared in several MGM productions, including Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944), Twice Blessed (1945) and Till the Clouds Roll By (1946). See more »

Goofs

During the "Currier and Ives" segment they are skating on a frozen pond in the "Winter" sequence. The refrigerant pipes for freezing the pond are clearly visible under the ice in several shots. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Hill: Can I have a magazine? I'll treasure this all my life, I'll sleep with it under my pillow.
Angela Bonfils: It would do you more good if you read it.
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Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment, Part II (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Seeing's Believing
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung and Danced by Fred Astaire
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Fred Astairs proves himself to be the embodiment of grace, style, rhythm and entertainment in "I wanna be a dancing man" . Say whatever else you want to about the movie.
31 August 2007 | by Toast57See all my reviews

This was not the best movie ever made. If it were much longer than 82 minutes it might have been much less interesting. But it was entertaining and amusing at that length. I also think that Fred Astaire proves once again that the seemingly effortless grace and style and rhythm and yes, even charm, that he displays in "I wanna be a dancing man" places him in the very top echelon of modern day dancers. Bojangles. Fred Astaire. Bob Fosse. And perhaps a dancer who has not yet been discovered. For 82 minutes of inconsequential entertainment you could do much worse than this. And did anyone else notice that the effects presage Mary Poppins some ten years later? I love to laugh.....lol...


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