On the Town
DIRECTOR: STANLEY DONEN AND GENE KELLY
CAST: GENE KELLY, FRANK SINATRA, JULES MUNSHIN, BETTY GARRETT
Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin are three sailors with twenty-four hours of shore leave in Manhattan; Vera-Ellen, Betty Garrett, and Ann Miller are the footloose gals helping them make the most of it; and a show-stopping songbook, including Leonard Bernstein’s “New York, New York,” does the rest of the work in this almost criminally enjoyable romp. Donen and Kelly’s first movie as directors, and an enormously innovative one, taking the usually stage-bound musical into the streets of New York City.
Screening in our Playtime: Family Matinees series.