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Small Town Girl (1953)

Approved | | 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. Schemmer 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)

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Musical | Romance

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$1,438,000 (estimated)
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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

Peter Wolfe's 1988 music video "Come As You Are" is an homage to Bobby Van's street dance in this movie. Wolfe re-create's Van's dance quite faithfully, and early in the music video Wolfe passes a poster for "Small Town Girl". See more »

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When Rick is showing Cindy around New York, a clip of the Sambacabana club from the movie On The Town is reused with Ann Miller, Jules Munshin, Gene Kelly, Vera Ellen, Frank Sinatra, and Betty Garrett in the background. See more »

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Referenced in Skullduggery (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

The Fellow I'd Follow
(uncredited)
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Jane Powell
[Cindy sings the song at the party at the Livingston mansion]
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Humor...music....dance....romance....great cast...it has it all
13 March 2017 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

It is hard to believe that this film was released 64 years ago. I love these classic dance/musicals/romance films and this is a top notch Busby Berkeley dance and song production. Farley Granger plays the rich and spoiled Rick Livingston who thinks his money can buy anything. That is until he attempts to speed through the little town of Duck Creek and he is caught speeding at 85 miles per hour in a 25 miles per hour zone.

Before he can get his wallet out and pay the fine Rick's big mouth gets him in big trouble with Duck Creek's local town Judge Gordon Kimbell (Robert Keith) and he is sentenced to 30 days in the town jail. Before he knows it he is falling for the judge's pretty daughter Cindy played by Jane Powell. So Cindy convinces the jailer named Happy (Chill Wills) to let Rick out of jail for just a few hours so that he can wish his mother a Happy Birthday where he lives in New York city.

There are great supporting cast members in Chill Wills, Ann Miller and Bobby Van. This film includes a dozen or so song and dance numbers that are very lively but you must enjoy Busby Berkeley to appreciate the 1950's song and dance era for which this is an excellent example of the simpler times.

I enjoy being able to escape for 90 minutes to a simpler time with song, dance, romance and laughter. I hope Small Town Girl comes out soon in the Blu Ray format with all the brilliant colors this film exposed. If you want something current to compare it to just think of 2016's multiple Oscar winner La La Land.

This film has it all and I give it an 8 out of 10 rating


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