Monday, February 8, 2016

Music Monday: On The Town


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I love classic movie musicals, especially those starring Gene Kelly.  This week I'm spotlighting two of my favorite musical numbers from On The Town (1949), which also stars Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, and Vera-Ellen alongside Kelly.  The movie follows three sailors on 24-hour shore leave in New York City as they see the sights and attempt to meet girls.

"New York, New York" - This song is right near the beginning of the movie and really helps set up the their plan - basically they're going to see as much as they possibly can during their twenty-four hour shore leave.  This song is probably the one that's most recognizable from the movie.



"Prehistoric Man" - While exploring the Museum of Natural History, the guys, in the company of Hildy, their sassy cab driver, meet Claire, an anthropologist, who is taken with Ozzie's resemblance to the Neanderthal.  Basically the song and dance that follows is features pretty much everything you should never do in a museum, but it really gives Ann Miller, the actress playing Claire, to shine.  She's an extremely talented dancer and that really comes across in here!  Also this is probably the most suggestive song featured in the movie.



4 comments:

  1. She is a fantastic dancer. Also as an anthropologist, she should know better than to handle artifacts like that. lol

    (That actress playing Claire is Ann Miller) Also, this movie has Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. Perhaps I should check this movie out.

    Oh, if you like old movies like this do not watch any of Elvis's movies. He may be a great singer, but not so much in the acting department.

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    1. That's true! :D

      Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra were a great onscreen duo - they actually made a couple of other musicals together around this same time: Anchors Aweigh and Take Me Out To The Ball Game. All three are worth checking out if you are a fan of either of them!

      I know exactly what you mean about the Elvis movies. I've seen bits and pieces of a marathon of them on tv - don't get me started on Clambake!

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  2. On the Town used to be one of my favorites when I was younger. I still like it though and my favorite has always been New York, New York.

    Ah, now I want to watch it again.

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    1. Ill have to watch it again myself for the umpteenth time!:)

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