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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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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the first American stage musical to play London's West End, where it was a big hit in 1897. 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 Great Performances: The Fred Astaire Songbook (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby Doll
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Written by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Fred Astaire
Danced by Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen
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dance enthusiasts will love this film
4 April 2001 | by cevaSee all my reviews

The mostly negative reviews relating to this movie miss the mark. Although the script and special effects are undeniably weak, the partnered dancing of Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen has never been equaled. One dance of particular note is the finale to the Currier and Ives number. It's simply breathtaking. Don't worry about the plot when you're watching the two best dancers in the history of Hollywood at the zenith of their powers.


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