Sunday, October 25, 2015

1949 - ON THE TOWN, the famous MGM musical.


This was a ground breaking musical.  Gene Kelly had been pushing MGM to expand the boundaries of the musical and actually got the studio to agree to 2 weeks of filming in New York City.

On The Town was adapted from a Broadway musical featuring a Leonard Bernstein score.  In the film version the score barely survived with only 4 songs remaining.  The Jerome Robbins choreography was replaced by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen well that's Hollywood.


Frankly the film was kind of an ordeal to sit through.  On The Town is about 10 minutes too long and has one dance number too many for my taste.  The on location photography is kind of nice.  But overall the film seems kind of silly, today's film scene has not been kind to old musicals particularly musicals with a lot of dance in them.

98 minutes.

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