On the Town
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Three sailors on a 24-hour pass -- Gabey (Gene Kelly), Chip (Frank Sinatra), and Ozzie (Jules Munshin) -- decide to soak up the sights and sounds of New York. Each one finds romance within those 24 hours: Gabey with aspiring dancer Ivy Smith (Vera-Ellen), Chip with lady cabbie Hildy Esterhazy (Betty Garrett), and Ozzie with paleontology student Claire Huddesten (Ann Miller). That's all, right? Wellll....Ivy passes herself off as a celebrity, but she's actually a kootch dancer in Coney Island. Claire and the boys inadvertently topple a dinosaur replica at the Museum of Anthropological… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A fine, freewheeling musical."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Gaiety, rhythm, humor and a good, wholesome dash of light romance have been artfully blended together in this bright Technicolored comedy."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"On the Town is so energetic and vital that the screen barely contains it."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's romp, it's a romance, it's a songfest, it's everything that has now become rather passe in a musical comedy."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Disappointingly flat musical; if you're after a Kelly/Sinatra pairing, you'll do better with Anchors Aweigh (and even that is no masterpiece)."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Delightful, athletic stuff with some unusual -- but wonderful -- location shooting. New York never looked better."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Its aww-shucks charm becomes hard to resist as the three sailors dart around Manhattan, looking for culture, sights, and, of course, 24-hour love."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"as fresh as the day it was minted."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"Simply wonderful and a time capsule to boot!"
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"On the Town is exhilarating, brash spectacle, all rip-snorting, wisecracking attack, and maybe just a teensy bit unlikeable."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"One of the last great movie musicals."
‑ , Film4
"With Donen and Kelly at the musical helm, it's no surprise that the song-and-dance numbers are top notch."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"A lively and brash musical comedy spectacle."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Overrrated musical with pleasing moments."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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