ON THE TOWN (1949) 

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Gene Kelly
Frank Sinatra
Betty Garrett
Ann Miller
Jules Munshin
Florence Bates
Alice Pearce
George Meader

Stanley Donen
Gene Kelly


Time: 98 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Musical/Romance/Comedy

Won Academy Award for Best Score.

SYNOPSIS: Sailors Gabey, Chip, and Ozzie are very excited about getting a 24-hour leave and spending it in New York, New York. They are especially concerned with the female inhabitants of the city, and each finds his own to cuddle up with with hilarious and romantic results.

BOTTOM LINE: There isn't much depth to this musical trifle, but who cares about plot when you've got the world's best crooner (Sinatra) and cinema's sexiest song and dance man (Kelly) gracing the screen. With a slew of memorable, funny and irresistible songs, this film mainly gets by on charisma and unbridled enthusiasm. It centers on the exploits of three navy sailors on a 24-hour shore leave in the Big Apple. It goes without saying that their adventures center on finding a nice, pretty girl to pass the time with. Garrett, Ellen and Miller are the ladies of choice this time around. Though each member of the cast has his/her moment to shine, it's really Kelly's show. His character has the most depth, making you really feel for him when he loses the lady he loves. This is one of Sinatra's first big film roles, however, don't be surprised by his fairly mundane supporting turn. He may not have much to do, but no one belts out a tune better...or looks as sexy doing it. Vera-Ellen and Ann Miller both have standout moments – Miller is one mean tap dancer – though they aren't quite as charismatic as their male counterparts, which causes the film to be somewhat one-sided. The costumes, music and art direction make up for the flimsy plot and so-so choreography. Not my favorite musical, but certainly worth seeing once.

"You oughta feel proud that three sailors from the United States Navy got off the ship for one day, and what did they do? Were they thirsty for hard liquor? No. They were thirsty for culture. Were they running after girls? No. They came running to the museum to see your dinosaur. For months out at sea they were dreaming about your dinosaur."

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