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ON THE TOWN

Director: STANLEY DONEN & GENE KELLY

U.S.A. • 1949 • COLOUR • 98 MIN


The best and last movie in Sinatra’s five-year career whilst under contract to MGM, On the Town found him teamed with Gene Kelly for a third and final time. A radically reworked adaptation of the Leonard Bernstein scored Broadway musical about a trio of sailors on 24-hour leave in New York City, this is one of the brightest and breeziest film musicals to come out of the specialist MGM production unit lead by producer Arthur Freed. Featuring terrific dance numbers such as the great comic set-piece The Prehistoric Man, embellished by marvellous Technicolor location shooting, On the Town is a delight from beginning to end. It showcases the finest incarnation of the naive romantic ingenue character Sinatra had become at MGM, and of course he sings wonderfully on such classics as New York, New York. Although Sinatra was never enamoured of this gold-plated property, On the Town was the first genuinely great movie in his film career.

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