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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. Schlemmer wants his son to become her husband. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

THE NEW HIPPITY-HOP MUSICAL! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A 24-sheet billboard for MGM's The Merry Widow (1952) starring Lana Turner is prominently displayed in Duck Creek. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

References Portrait of Jennie (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Fine, Fine, Fine
(uncredited)
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Jane Powell, Bobby Van & female chorus
[Ludwig and Cindy sing and dance to the song at the box social]
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seek details on B. Van's dance
21 May 2006 | by mes5See all my reviews

Does anyone know any behind the scenes info about the dance number "Take Me to Broadway" as performed by Bobby Van in this movie? It is comprised of several minutes of hopping. For example, did he do it in one take? Did he have to have special shoes that had major cushioning inside? Whose idea was it to have him perform a dance that consisted only of hopping? As someone who has suffered from shin splints, I think this choreography would make him a prime candidate for that or some other kind of injury as a result of this dance. Did he do special warm-ups? This just struck me as I watching the film on May 21, TCM channel. Some people will think it odd to focus on this, when the major dance number is Ann Miller's, but I just got to thinking . . .


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