Episode 8: On the Town

On the Town

More wholesome than three sailors on shore leave really should be.

This week is our first episode featuring Gene Kelly as he sails through Manhattan in ON THE TOWN! Neither Vinnie nor Mike had ever seen it, and this is a classic for a reason.

Based on a ballet created by Jerome Robbins (THE KING & I), and made by the Freed Unit (known for kicking ass in all things musical), it features a delightful cast, TWO ballet segments by Mr. Kelly, and plenty of comedy.

This is a key movie in your six degrees of separation strategy, with Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller, and Vera-Ellen. Also featuring a performance by Carol Haney in the “A Day in New York” ballet, who was assistant and muse to THREE of modern American dance’s greatest choreographers.

Join us as we go On The Town!

Gene Kelly

Dat ass.

Your quiz:
1. Name one other movie Vera-Ellen appeared in.
2. Leonard Bernstein & Jerome Robbins collaborated on a very famous musical. Name it.
3. Name one other movie that Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen collaborated on.

Gene Kelly

Dat ass (exemplar)

Mentioned in this episode: Gene Kelly, Jules Munshin, Frank Sinatra, Vera-Ellen, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, Carol Haney, Stanley Donen, Arthur Freed, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, George Abbott, Alice Pierce, Adolph Green, Betty Comden

On the Town (1949)
On the Town poster Rating: 7.3/10 (18,718 votes)
Director: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Writer: Adolph Green, Betty Comden, Jerome Robbins
Stars: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett
Runtime: 98 min
Rated: Passed
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Released: 30 Dec 1949
Plot: Three sailors wreak havoc as they search for love during a whirlwind 24-hour leave in New York City.

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