And, we’re back with Movie Musical Monday’s! I just had to start off the New Year with an MGM Golden Age Musical On the Town, starring my favorites, Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. And, let’s not forget Betty Garrett and Ann Miller.
I think it’s clear, right away, that I do love this film. Honestly, I love anything that allows me to watch Gene Kelly dance for two hours. So, I actually have little negative to say about this film.
For those who are unfamiliar, this film takes place over the course of one day. It follows the characters of Gabey (Kelly), Chip (Sinatra), and Ozzie (Jules Munshin), who are US Navy sailors on shore leave in New York City. They want to do as much as they can in one day as humanly possible, ideally with a female companion for each of them.
This film is a classic. The dancing is phenomenal. I mean:
The cast has wonderful chemistry. In particular, though, Frank Sinatra and Betty Garrett play off each other wonderfully. This comes as no surprise; however, as they both starred in Take Me out to the Ball Game as love interests.
The music is catchy and fun. My only annoyance with the songs is that some don’t further the plot or really add much to the film. But, that’s an annoyance I have with any movie musical.
For a film made and released in the 1940s, this one has a decent portrayal of women. Two of the main characters have jobs, and the other is trying to make it as a dancer in the big city. So, that’s a bonus.
Again, this film is a classic. It’s enjoyable. If you’re a fan of movie musicals and have not seen this film, watch it as soon as you can. You won’t be disappointed.