On the Town
On the Town (1949)

New York, New York, it's a wonderful town - especially when sailors Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin have a 24-hour shore leave to see the sights - and when those sights include Ann Miller, Betty Garrett and Vera-Ellen.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 30, 1949
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2000
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A fine, freewheeling musical.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Gaiety, rhythm, humor and a good, wholesome dash of light romance have been artfully blended together in this bright Technicolored comedy.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Delightful, athletic stuff with some unusual -- but wonderful -- location shooting. New York never looked better.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Chris Barsanti

...as fresh as the day it was minted.

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One of the last great movie musicals.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

On the Town is exhilarating, brash spectacle, all rip-snorting, wisecracking attack, and maybe just a teensy bit unlikeable.

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Fernando F. Croce

Kelly and Donen take the MGM musical outdoors, the New York minute is stretched to 24 hours

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TV Guide

On the Town is so energetic and vital that the screen barely contains it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Devon Bott
Exuberant, nonstop dashing about the streets of New York City while on shore leave, three sailors chase down love in one of the first musicals to use actual… More
Luke Baldock
24 hours in New York turns into a wild ride of girls, dance routines, and memorable songs. Munshin, Sinatra, and Kelly make an excellent trio. They blend well… More
Jennifer Xu
This one and Anchors Aweigh act as perfect companion pieces! But this is definitely more rowdy, more sexually charged, and I must say I do prefer it, if not… More
Jeremy Smith
First film to be film on location without control, in New York. Excellent in almost every way with songs like 'New York, New York', teaming the great… More
Lady D'arbanville
I have to confess a secrt love for Gene Kelly, the man is a fascinating dancer with a style of his own. This fun 40's musical is typically corny,… More
Mark Hobin
The plot is simple: Three sailors strike out onto the streets New York to enjoy their 24-hour pass. But what follows is a perfect combination of comedy, dance… More

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