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Small Town Girl (1953)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 10 April 1953 (USA)
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 »

Director:

László Kardos (as Leslie Kardos)

Writers:

Dorothy Cooper (screenplay), Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Powell ... Cindy Kimbell
Farley Granger ... Richard Belrow Livingston III
Ann Miller ... Lisa Bellmount
S.Z. Sakall ... Papa Eric Schlemmer
Robert Keith ... Judge Gordon Kimbell
Bobby Van ... Ludwig Schlemmer
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Livingston
Fay Wray ... Mrs. Kimbell
Chill Wills ... Happy
Nat 'King' Cole ... Nat King Cole (as Nat King Cole)
Dean Miller ... Mac
William Campbell ... Ted
Philip Tonge ... Hemmingway
Jonathan Cott ... Jim the Cop
Robert Hyatt ... Dennis Kimbell (as Bobby Hyatt)
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Storyline

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. Schlemmer 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)

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amore provinciale See more »

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Budget:

$1,438,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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During Ludwig's hopping dance through town, when he gets to the workmen on the sidewalk, brown sandbags are on the ground and two or three shovels are leaning against the wall as seen from overhead. But in the next shot from ground level, the sandbags are gone and there is only one shovel, and it's different from the ones in the previous shot. See more »

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The Fellow I'd Follow
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Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Generic MGM musical
18 September 1999 | by otterSee all my reviews

Film buffs who rave about the classic MGM Musicals should keep in mind that there was only one "Singin' In The Rain" but a lot of dull, squeaky-clean generic musicals like this one. You might be tempted to see the whole movie, because there's one truly fabulous musical number that's widely excerpted, but the rest is hardly worth seeing.

Singing ingenue Jane Powell is the small-town girl of the title, who meets a bad, rich, big-city rake, falls in love, hunts him down, reforms him, and marries him (I'm SO glad that plot has gone out of fashion). Powell is wide-eyed and sticky-sweet, Farley Granger is embarrassed, and Ann Miller and the rest of the supporting players are the same as they are in every other MGM musical ever made. Small-town virtue is relentlessly praised, big-city ways relentlessly bashed (although Farley's "bad" ways are pretty tame), and it's all as sugary and colorful as a lollipop.

The one fabulous number is the one where Ann Miller sings "I Gotta Hear That Beat" and taps wildly around a huge stage with disembodied hands holding musical instruments sticking out of the floor. It's way cool, but it's excerpted in "That's Entertainment" (or was it "TEII"?) which is a much better way to pass ninety minutes.


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