On the Town (1949) (Bilingual) [Import]
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On the Town, New York, New York, it's a wonderful town - especially when sailors Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin have a 24-hour shore leave to see the sights - and when those sights include Ann Miller, Betty Garrett and Vera-Ellen. Co-Directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen, based on the Broadway hit and set to an Academy Award winning adaptation score, On the Town changed the landscape of movie musicals, opening filmmakers' eyes to what could be done on location. And when brilliant location and studio production numbers are blended, it could be - as here- ebullient, up-and-at-'em perfection. The Bronx is up and the Battery's down, but no one can be down after going On the Town.
New York, New York--it's a helluva town; the Bronx is up and the Battery's down; the people ride in a hole in the ground ... Well, you get the idea. Those lyrics (by Betty Comden and Adolph Green), set to Leonard Bernstein's music, have made On the Town a permanent part of the psychological landscape of New York City. The story (inspired by Jerome Robbins's ballet Fancy Free) is pretty slight: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin play sailors with 24 hours' leave to take their bite out of the Big Apple. When they meet, and then lose, this month's Miss Turnstiles (Vera-Ellen), they scour the town in search of her, bumping into a lady anthropologist (Ann Miller) along the way. Shot mostly in the studio but with location exteriors all over town, from Coney Island to the Statue of Liberty to Central Park, this 1949 gem was the first of three great musicals codirected by Kelly and Stanley Donen, followed by Singin' in the Rain (1952) and the underrated It's Always Fair Weather (1955). --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I know this movie is a big fan favorite; I just hope that people who think On the Town is a fine musical take the time to check out the really superior products of MGM's famous Freed unit: "Singing in the Rain", "Gigi", "Meet me in St. Louis". When the Freed unit clicked on all cylinders, as they did in those three movies, nobody made better movies of ANY kind.
Do I really have to elaborate on that. The cast also includes the comedy of Jules Munshin and Betty Garrett, the dancing talents of the lovely Vera Ellen, and, of course, the riot-inducing crooning of a pre Rat Pack Frank Sinatra. The plot (three sailors on a twenty-four hour leave) is somewhat thin, but the musical numbers more than make up for that. I've never seen or heard the original play, but I understand they cut quite a few of the original numbers out and changed some others. Chalk it up to politics of the time and the strict Hays Office. It doesn't undermine the spectacular peformances that are given in this movie. Definitely one of the gems of MGM.
New York, New York, it's a wonderful town, especially when sailors Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin have a 24-hour shore leave to see the sights . . . and when those sights include Ann Miller, Betty Garrett and Vera-Ellen.
Co-directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, based on the Broadway hit and set to an Academy Award® winning adaptation score, 'On the Town' changed the landscape of movie musicals, opening filmmakers' eyes to what could be done on location. And when brilliant location and studio production numbers are blended, it could be as here and ebullient, up-and-at-'em perfection. The Bronx is up and the Battery's down, but no one can be down after going 'On the Town.'
FILM FACT: The film was an instant success and won the Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Cinematography (Color). Screenwriters Adolph Green and Betty Comden won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Musical. Judy Holliday was uncredited as the voice of Daisy Simkins. The musical numbers staged on location in New York were the first time a major studio had accomplished this. The location shots in New York took nine days.
Cast: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, Vera-Ellen, Florence Bates, Alice Pearce, George Meader, Bette Arlen, Dorinda Clifton, Jeanne Coyne, Gloria Marlen, Hans Conried, Peter Chong, Bern Hoffman (Shipyard Singer uncredited) and James A.Read more ›
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Un classique musical d'ailleurs une comédie musicale joue à N.Y présentement sur ce fameux film UN JOUR A NEW YORK v.f de ON THE TOWN. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jacques Potvin
Such a wonderful movie. One of his greatest movies. I rented it on iTunes and fell in love with this movie. A must see.Published on May 13 2013 by Fanny
On The Town is the best movie I've seen in my whole lifetime. I find it enjoyable for the family and musical lovers. You can watch it over and over again. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003
I actually haven't seen the whole thing, but I couldn't stop myself from writing a review! I've looked for it everywhere, but I can't find it! Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2003
This is an absolute must-see. Being a Gene Kelly fan it was easy for me to like, but my friend who has seen very little of old movies also thought that it is an automatic classic!Published on May 2 2003
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