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On the town
Kelly, Gene, 1912-1996.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Three sailors have a 24-hour shore leave to enjoy New York. They are especially concerned with the female inhabitants of the city, and each finds his own to cuddle up with. Chip tries but can't resist the advances of a cab driver, Ozzie gladly fills the role of a lovely anthropologist's "prehistoric man, " and Gabey finds the model who poses for the Miss Turnstiles advertisements, who isn't quite the glamorous celebrity he envisioned.
General Note:
Standard version preserving the aspect ratio of the original motion picture.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1949.

Based on the musical play by Adolph Green and Betty Comden from an idea by Jerome Robbins.

"A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer silver anniversary picture."

Special features include: theatrical trailer ; cast & crew biographies ; scene selection ; interactive menus.

For specific features see interactive menu.

Reading Level:
Not rated.
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Audubon Library DVD 3574 Adult DVD Open Shelf
Audubon Library DVD 3574 Adult DVD Open Shelf

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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 History. And Hildy breaks any number of speeding laws attempting to get the lovers together and straighten out all misunderstandings. Adapted from the Broadway musical by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Leonard Bernstein, On the Town is one of the freshest, most exhilarating musicals turned out by the old MGM regime. The stars' verve and camaraderie are contagious, and the songs are staged by legendary musical director Stanley Donen and Kelly himself with wit and innovation. Highlights include the opening "New York, New York" number, shot on location and flat-cutting from one image to another at a dizzying pace, and Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen's ""Miss Turnstyles Ballet."" ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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