A film musical usually can get by with the lightest plot if the dance numbers and tunes are sock, but Belle has an even lighter plot than usual, and the numbers are just ordinary. It's all done pleasantly but not of a quality that rates more than passing interest.

A film musical usually can get by with the lightest plot if the dance numbers and tunes are sock, but Belle has an even lighter plot than usual, and the numbers are just ordinary. It’s all done pleasantly but not of a quality that rates more than passing interest.

Score contains nine songs, most of which are given some eye appeal in production staging, although not elaborately. Most pleasing is Vera-Ellen’s ‘Naughty But Nice’, which she sings and dances to fit a story situation.

Script has Astaire as an early-New York playboy who falls for a Bowery mission worker (Vera-Ellen) and changes his ways, even getting employment to prove he is worthy of her pure, honest affection. Tunes and production numbers are hung on that framework.

The Belle of New York

Production

M-G-M. Director Charles Walters; Producer Arthur Freed; Screenplay Robert O'Brien, Irving Elinson; Camera Robert Planck; Editor Albert Akst; Music Harry Warren; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1952. Running time: 82 MIN.

With

Fred Astaire Vera-Ellen Marjorie Main Keenan Wynn Alice Pearce Clinton Sundberg
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