Tuesday, April 3, 2012

On The Town (1949)

Synopsis: Charming sea dogs hit the Big Apple in search of PG-rated fun.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “It’s a zany comedy of misadventure for three sailors and their girls. When Gabey (Gene Kelly) falls in love withi ‘Miss Turnstiles’ (Vera-Ellen), he spends his 24-hour shore leave in passionate pursuit, joined by his sailor buddies (Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin), a lady taxi driver (Betty Garrett) and a leggy anthropologist (Ann Miller).”

What Did I Learn?: If you see an attractive woman on a transit poster, you must stalk her movements throughout the city until she agrees to meet you at the top of the Empire State Building.

Really?: 1) So wait, an attractive female cab driver wants to get it on with Frank Sinatra’s character, and he’s more interested in site-seeing? And he’s a sailor on shore leave?! 2) How did the Museum dicks and the cops know they could find the trio of dinosaur-destroying misfits? Did I miss something? 3) If Sinatra’s character has never visited New York, um...where did he get that accent?

Rating: I’m not a big fan of musicals, but the first several minutes of On the Town is pretty spectacular, in part because it was filmed on-location, and you get a chance to see Kelly and Sinatra in the New York of the late 1940s. After that, things get a bit silly. 6.5/10 stars.

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