On the Town (1949)

Genres - Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Comedy  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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On the Town was one of MGM's brightest films of the post-WWII era, symbolizing the optimistic view of the future that was widely held in the U.S. in 1949. Three sailors (Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Jules Munshin) have a 24-hour pass in which to see New York City. Fortunately, they also have a fine song score to take along with them, and some unusually fine choreography. As should be expected from an MGM production from this era, the tech credits are superb and the overall production design memorable. This is one of the best films produced by MGM's Arthur Freed unit, and it would probably be remembered as the single best musical of its era if it were not for Singin' in the Rain (1952).