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On the Town
- Laurie Brown
Still not quite sure how I felt about "On the Town". I realize that movie musicals from this era are instilled with a certain wholesome jubilance that requires a suspension of belief, but this one was possessed with a joyful exuberance that was so manic, it had my eyes rolling so many times I was nearly dizzy. It was like a Loony Tunes cartoon on amphetamines. I've always had an uneasy appreciation for Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, there's a certain smarmyness to them that rubs me the wrong way, and while I wasn't familiar with Jules Munshin, I felt much the same way about him, but they're all supremely good at what they do and were mesmerizing despite my misgivings. They hit the town like grinning prancing fools and fall for the first girls they lay eyes on, specifically Ann Miller, Vera-Ellen and Betty Garrett, and go on a tear the likes of which could only happen at the movies. They can all dance like demons, the Technicolor is enough to make your eyeballs bleed and the gusto is exhausting. So stupid, yet so strangely infectious. Classic movies are generally a nice time capsule of the era that produced them and this one reveals a kind of cock eyed, post war optimism that is difficult to relate to today, also a nice snapshot of vintage New York. At times it was just so goofy I had to shake my head, but at the same time, it felt quaintly sincere, oh what the hell, four stars.
All right, it's NOT as good as the stage original. Yes, fine songs were cut and yes, it's centered on sailor lust. Never mind. It's just a well-paced romp, often absurd but engaging, and much, much fun. Personal highlight? Annie Miller's 'Modern Man' number.
What shoulda been...
Shoulda been the great score that Bernstein and Comden and Green wrote rather than the silly "sound-a-like" imitation versions that Roger Edens was required to insert ("Carried Away" just stops the show). Instead of what Gene Kelly described as a "melting pot" love story rooted in the NYC setting, we end up with Gaby and Ivy being both really, really white and from the same small town and the same high school. All because, MGM kept reminding us, there's really no place like home. But, the cast is excellent as are the performances. The dancing is great, just not quite up to Jerome Robbins heights. I think it is the best MGM musical of the 40's and that is saying a lot. Arthur Freed wrote a memo in which he asserted this film's superiority to "The Red Shoes." Sorry, Mr. Freed, that was just a lot of wishful thinking. Although you would make better musicals than this one, you would never succeed in surpassing the Powell and Pressburger masterpiece.
coulda been better
- don letta
As it stands, it's a great MGM musical, but eliminating all the WWll relevance and many of the original songs, it suffers by comparison to the 1944 show.Still, damn good entertainment.
- Ross Care
ON THE TOWN was not shot in wide screen. Wide screen did not come in until the early 1950s: Cinerama in 1952, CinemaScope in 1953. MGM shot several musicals (BRIGADOON, STUDENT PRINCE) in CinemaScope.
On the Town
- Dashiell Barnes
No matter how this movie is seen, the idea of three sailors looking for casual sex is evident on screen. Kelly, who also directed the film with Donen, is joined by Sinatra & Munshin who spend the film looking for women who include Miller, Garrett & Vera-Ellen. The story has obvious faults, but luckily the songs & Oscar-winning score are memorable treats for the eyes, ears & heart. An entertaing & terrific film. I give it a 4/5.
Best Musical MGM Ever Made !
- Jim Burns
A great movie..the singing and dancing was great as well as the plot. I loved the part where Frank Sinatra and Louise Garrett were in the cab and he fends her aggressiveness until he finally caves in when running around the cab. The "On The Town" song with the dancing and singing where all three couples meet on the Empire State building was great as well. Great movie..they just don't make them like they used to !!
Can't be Repeated
The entire musical was collaboration by several of the best in the business. It might be repeated but never excelled. No. Without MGM this production can never even be repeated.
A true classic
Star turn performances from all six leads, but my money is on the lovely and cute-as-a-button Vera-Ellen. She simply sparkles in her dance numbers. Great fun in the tradition of the grand MGM musicals. Don't miss it.
adorably cute face and sensational legs!
- Margaret Strother
Everyone rocks in this movie. The music is fine art, and the cast is perfect. I especially love Betty Garrett, never enough of her in anything.
On the Town
- Ray Marlitz
Three Sailors on liberty in New YorkOn leave is a longer period.
On the Town (1949)
- Jay Higgins
Outstanding musical, one of the best from the 1940's and of all time. Great songs, creatively choreographed. Well produced. Lively and colorful. Fantastic and talented cast.
Lucky Betty Garrett
Quick note to Rachel:If you keep mentioning Gene Kelly,you'll explode!!And now my review:Can I just say Garrett got lucky in this movie?Gettin' to mack on Frank Sintra 12,000 times!!!
this movie is faulous, talented, lovely actors and actress.
GENE KELLY NEEDS A DATE!! I'LL VOLUNTEER!!!
This is such a fun movie to watch, as is all of GENE'S movies. This is a great cast of actors. Ann Miller with her great taps--she could have been dubbed the "female GENE KELLY" of taps...she was great. I love the cute number that GENE and Vera Ellen do together, "Main Street." and Frank and Betty perform a cute number too. There are many good scenes in this movie, but the one that made me laugh the most is when "Brunhildie" fixes "Gabey" up with "Lucy." GENE'S facial expressions are so hillarious, they're worth a million!! But being the sweet, lovable, handsome, sexy, sensual guy that he was on and off the screen, (GENE)"Gabey still tries to have a good time with Lucy. So for a movie that's packed full of fun, laughs and dance, see this one. It's great for the family. My boys and I love it!!
Vera-Ellen, by far a very talented dancer and lovely actress. This one is Tops!
Wasn't this filmed in "widescreen"?
I thot the movies filmed at this time were now being shot in wider aspect ratio, not the square "TV" shape anymore. How can we know what the ORIGINAL movie was shot in? You seem to only show the ratio you have DVDs in.
On the Town!
I just love this movie, every time I watch it I just fall for it again. It is by far my favorite movie on tcm.