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On the Town1949

On the Town (1949)



Critic Consensus: Overflowing with infectious enthusiasm, On the Town is an exhilarating musical ride across the real streets of New York featuring another graceful performance from Gene Kelly.

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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.

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Ann Miller
as Claire Huddesen
as Ivy Smith
Betty Garrett
as Brunhilde Esterhazy
Florence Bates
as Dilyovska
Alice Pearce
as Lucy Shmeeler
George Meader
as Professor
Lester Dorr
as Subway Passenger
Bea Benaderet
as Working Girl
Walter S. Baldwin
as Sign Poster
Don Brodie
as Photo Layout Man
Tom Dugan
as Off. Tracy
Judy Holliday
as Sailor's Date
Murray Alper
as Cab Company Owner
Hans Conried
as Francois
Dick Wessel
as Sailor Simpkins
Carol Haney
as Dancer in Green
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Critic Reviews for On the Town

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (7)

A bright Christmas confection.

June 19, 2019 | Full Review…

It's hard to make a good musical with mediocre songs... One exception... the sweetness and gracefulness [of Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen] in "Main Street."

April 21, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Delightful, athletic stuff with some unusual -- but wonderful -- location shooting. New York never looked better.

May 3, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A fine, freewheeling musical.

May 3, 2013 | Full Review…

The pep, enthusiasm and apparent fun the makers of On the Town had in putting it together comes through to the audience and gives the picture its best asset.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

On the Town is exhilarating, brash spectacle, all rip-snorting, wisecracking attack, and maybe just a teensy bit unlikeable.

January 26, 2006

Audience Reviews for On the Town

Exuberant, nonstop dashing about the streets of New York City while on shore leave, three sailors chase down love in one of the first musicals to use actual location shooting. The three sailors, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin, each have their own idiosyncratic charms, but it's their gal friends who keep the movie from getting stale. Especially Betty Garrett (who'd later go on to play neighbor to both Archie Bunker and Laverne and Shirley), whose super-sexed taxi driver character chases down a poor, bewildered Frank Sinatra (and he just wants to see the sights of the city, not get all involved with some wacky dame). There is one particularly memorable song ("New York, New York, it's a wonderful town!"), and some less memorable ones, but they are all pretty entertaining. And that's probably the best way to describe On The Town, not very memorable, but entertaining.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

This one and Anchors Aweigh act as perfect companion pieces! But this is definitely more rowdy, more sexually charged, and I must say I do prefer it, if not just for Ann Miller's awesome museum tap dancing.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

I have to confess a secrt love for Gene Kelly, the man is a fascinating dancer with a style of his own. This fun 40's musical is typically corny, extremely predictable and the songs (bar one or two) are easily forgettable and yet there is something here that catches this era of musicals in a fun, easy watching way, that brings the stage to the screen.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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