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On the Town (1949) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly and produced by Arthur Freed and Roger Edens.

Academy Awards 1949 --- Ceremony Number 22 (source: AMPAS)

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Best Music - ScoringRoger Edens, Lennie HaytonWon
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"On the Town," In Celebration of Leonard Bernstein's Centenary

By The Lady Eve on Aug 25, 2018 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer/conductor/pianist Leonard Bernstein. In celebration, movie houses around the country are showcasing films scored by the legendary maestro. My local theater, the Smith Rafael Film Center (aka/the Rafael) put together a three-film tribute to ... Read full article


1001 Classic Movies: On the Town

By Amanda Garrett on Aug 5, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

On the Town (1949) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. The musical stars Frank Sinatra (left), Jules Munshin, and Gene Kelly as three sailors who are on shore leave in New York City. Each week, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 se... Read full article


On the Town

By Amanda Garrett on Dec 12, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm celebrating Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday with a look at one of his best MGM musicals, On the Town (1949). Here's Ol' Blue Eyes on the Brooklyn Bridge with costars Jules Munshin (center), and Gene Kelly (right). This article is part of the Sinatra Centennial Blogathon hosted by Movie... Read full article


On the Town (1949)

on Jul 16, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

Can I just say, I’m fairly proud of myself that I got through the first two weeks of the July Five before falling behind on posting. However, Gene Kelly week is coming to a close and where are we? I deliberately started put Kelly’s 1950s titles first since, by then, he was established as... Read full article


On the Town (1949)

By Beatrice on May 21, 2015 From Flickers in Time

On the Town Directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly Written by Adolph Green and Betty Comden from their Broadway musical 1949/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Repeat viewing/Netflix rental #233 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die The cast is great and so are a lot of the musical numbers. ?I feel... Read full article


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Quotes from

Ozzie: [after Claire took photo of him beside prehistoric man statue] Er, what are you doing tonight?
Claire Huddesen: Now just a minute! I want you to know that my interest in you is purely scientific. I'm just a cold-blooded scientist. And I'm writing an anthropological study for this musuem. It's called : "The Modern Man... And What It Is"


Gabey: Gesundheit.
Lucy Schmeeler: That's the nicest thing anybody ever said to me!


Chip: Hilde you're the prettiest cab driver in the whole wide world


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This was the first musical feature film to be shot on location. In a TCM interview, Ann Miller took the credit for pleading and persuading Louis B. Mayer to do the shoot on location as she had "never seen New York".
For the first time in a movie, four trained ballet dancers subbed for four of the leads - Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Betty Garrett, and Ann Miller (the latter had tap, but not ballet, experience) in one dance sequence.
A total of 5 days was spent filming in New York City. The 2 major problems faced by the crew was the weather (it rained for most of the shoot) and the popularity of Frank Sinatra. Gene Kelly explained that the movie was filmed at the height of Sinatra mania and Frank would be instantly recognized by people on the streets. To avoid crowds the cast insisted on taxis instead of limousines for transportation and that the camera be hidden inside a station wagon. During the finale of the "New York, New York" musical number, which takes place in the sunken plaza at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in front of the statue of Prometheus, you can see at the top of the frame of the last shot, the heads of hundreds of curious spectators staring at the three stars over the wall behind the statue.
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