Opened: December 8, 1949
Directed by: Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen
Starring: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin, Vera-Ellen, Florence Bates, Alice Pearce, George Meader & Hans Conreid
Combining the talents of Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra in their third onscreen appearance together, On the Town is a memorable musical with great song and dance numbers though the storyline isn’t overly enduring.
Gabey (Kelly), Chip (Sinatra) and Ozzie (Jules Munshin) are three sailors on shore leave for 24 hours in New York City. While Chip wants to see the sights, Gabey and Ozzie are focused on the women. They find cab driver Hildy (Betty Garrett), anthropologist Claire (Ann Miller), and local celebrity Ivy Smith (Vera-Ellen).
The cast has incredible chemistry brining laughs and romance, while hitting all the right notes. Sinatra and Garrett are the best of the couples with Hildy being just as strong and forward as any man would be. Miller also brings her signature dance moves, especially in “Prehistoric Man.”
Final say: Count on this. ★★★★☆