Stars: 5 / 5
Recommendation: New York is indeed a wonderful town, specially when shown through the musical moves and romantic eyes of three sailors who fall head over heels not only with the city but their women as well. There is romance, comedy, music, and color. What more one wants in a movie.
On the Town is a 1949 American technicolor musical film with Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Betty Garrett and Ann Miller in the lead cast. This is directorial debut for Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, based on the 1944 Broadway stage musical of the same name.
Three sailors - Gabey (portrayed by Gene Kelly), Chip (portrayed by Frank Sinatra), Ozzie (portrayed by Jules Munshin) - begin their 24 hours of shore leave to New York City. As they have fun and adventure traveling through New York City, watching the sights, they find love, as they sing and dance along.
Music composed by Leonard Bernstein - who composed for the stage show as well - and Roger Edens to the Lyrics penned by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Kelly also choreographed the dance sequences. Roger Edens and Arthur Freed produced the film. It won an Oscar for Best Music—Scoring of a Musical Picture, a critical and commercial success for the debut directors too.( Collapse )