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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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Review: On The Town (1949): MGM’s New York Musical

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 8, 2020 From 4 Star Films

There is an immediate understanding that goes with the opening image of a construction worker arriving at the docks, still sleepy, as the world wakes up with him. And he does something that while still theatrical has roots in a very human urge, to bring in the new day with song. If we look at the MG... Read full article


Musical Monday: On the Town (1949)

on Feb 3, 2020 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: On the Town (1949) ? Musical... Read full article


"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


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Quotes from

Officer Tracy, Car 44: [to his patrol car partner, after hearing about the dinosaur collapsing] Collapse? That's terrible. She's my favorite singing star, that Dinah Shore!
[the other officer rolls his eyes]


Ivy Smith: Getting involved is so... so... involving.


Claire Huddesen: 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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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.
The third and final pairing of three movies of musical stars Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.
In On the Town, Frank Sinatra co-sang "New York, New York". Years later, he used the song "Theme From New York, New York" (first performed by friend Liza Minnelli, and commonly referred to as simply "New York, New York") as a showstopper in his live performances. In his "Concert For The Americas" (1982) he combined the 2 songs using the first verse of the earlier song.
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