The pep, enthusiasm and apparent fun the makers of On the Town had in putting it together comes through to the audience and gives the picture its best asset.
Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin are the three sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York. Betty Garrett, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen are the three femmes who wind up with the navy.
Picture is crammed with songs and dance numbers. Picture kicks off and ends with ‘New York, New York’. Tune is used in the beginning as a musical backing for a montage of three curious sailors prowling the city’s points of interest. It gets the film off to a fascinating start and the style and pacing is continued.
Based on their 1944 musical play [from an idea by Jerome Robbins], the Adolph Green-Betty Comden script puts the players through light story paces as a setup for 10 tunes and dances.
Roger Edens, associate producer, did the music for the six new tunes and lyrics are by Green and Comden. Latter team, with Leonard Bernstein, did the four original numbers [‘New York, New York,’ ‘Miss Turnstiles’ dance, ‘Come Up to My Place,’ and ‘A Day in New York’ ballet].
1949: Best Scoring of a Musical Picture