On the Town

Synopsis: Three sailors - Gabey, Chip and Ozzie - let loose on a 24-hour pass in New York and the Big Apple will never be the same! Gabey falls head over heels for "Miss Turnstiles of the Month" (he thinks she's a high society deb when she's really a 'cooch dancer at Coney Island); innocent Chip gets highjacked (literally) by a lady cab driver; and Ozzie becomes the object of interest of a gorgeous anthropologist who thinks he's the perfect example of a "prehistoric man". Wonderful music and terrific shots of New York at its best.
Production: MGM
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

"I feel like I'm not out of bed yet

"The sun is warm

"But my blanket's warmer


"Sleep in your lady's arms

"Sleep in your lady's arms"

- Let's go! Get the lead out!

- Come on.

- "New York, New York

- New York, New York

"New York, New York

"It's a wonderful town"

- Hey, fellas! What's the big rush?

- We've only got 24 hours.

We never been here before.

What could happen to you in one day?

What do you think you're going to do?

"New York, New York's

A wonderful town

"The Bronx is up and the Battery's down

The people ride in a hole in the ground

"New York, New York

It's a wonderful town!"

"The famous places to visit are so many

Or so the guidebooks say

"I told my grandpa I wouldn't miss on any

And we've got just one day

"Got to see the whole town

Right from Yonkers on down to the Bay

"In just one day

"New York, New York's

A wonderful town

"The Bronx is up and the Battery's down

The people ride in a hole in the ground

"New York, New York

It's a wonderful town

"We've sailed the seas

And we've been the world over

"We've been to Mandalay

"We've seen the sphinx

And seen the Cliffs of Dover

"But we can safely say

"The most fabulous sight

Is New York in the light of the day

"Our only day

"New York, New York's

A wonderful town

"The Bronx is up and the Battery's down

The people ride in a hole in the ground

"New York, New York

It's a wonderful town

"Manhattan women are all in silk and satin

Or so the fellows say

"There's just one thing necessary

in Manhattan

"When you've got just one day

"Gotta pick up a date

Maybe seven or eight on your way

"In just one day

"New York, New York's

A wonderful town

"The Bronx is up and the Battery's down

The people ride in a hole in the ground

"New York, New York

"It's a wonderful town!"

It's 9:
30 already. The day's gone

and we haven't seen a thing.

I got the rest of the day figured out.

45, the New York City Hall.

00, the Cloisters.

15, the Planetarium.

30, the Aquarium.

45, the Natural...

Hey, fellas!

Hey, fellas! Aren't we gonna do

any more sightseeing?

I never been any place but Peoria.

I wanna take in the beauties of New York.

And I wanna take 'em out.

Back where I come from

all the dames are covered with coal dust.

Wow! Get a load of that!

- Not bad.

- Not bad! Get him! "Mr. Particular!"

Who you got waitin' for you?

Ava Gardner?

Listen! I'm gonna take my time

till I find me a real New York glamour girl.

I got a line that mows 'em down.

Home in Meadowville, it lands me

the cream of the crop.

Meadowville? You may be a big shot

in Meadowville...

...but don't forget the whole town could fit

in that manhole over there.

Yeah? And so could you!

- Yeah?

- Yeah!

Hey, fellas! Break it up.

We're wasting the whole day.

Why can't we pick up dates

and sightsee at the same time?

See? Look, 10:
30, the Aquarium.

Then 10:

Sure, why not?

Ozzie, I got the whole day figured out.

30, "Hello!"

"Oh, hello!"


Hold hands.


"Shall we dance?"


Our first kiss.


Wow! Wow!

Come on. Let's get the subway.

Pardon me, sir, but how do I get uptown?

Well, let's see. If you wanna go to...

And there you are.

I beg your pardon.

Is this the uptown platform?

Now, it all depends.

Get that?

Yeah, thanks.

Come on.

Then what'd he say?

So I said, "Listen, Mr. Gadolphin,

I won't work overtime, no matter what...

"...whether it's handling

the bookkeeping accounts or you."

What'd he say?

So I said, "Listen, Mr. Gadolphin,

you make just one more pass at me...

"...and yours truly is passing right out

from the Grand Illusion Girdle Company."

- And what did he say?

- So I said...

Hey! One side, fellows.

- Say, what're you doin'?

- Puttin' up a little artwork.

There. Miss Turnstiles

for the month of June.

"Meet lovely Ivy Smith."

- Gee, a real New York glamour girl.

- A debutante, I'll bet.

- She must be pretty important.

- I wouldn't say that.

Her picture's up all over the subway.

Well, like it says, they pick

a new Miss Turnstiles every month.

Excuse me.

Look, "She's a home-Ioving girl...

"...but she loves high society's whirl."

"She loves the Army,

but her heart belongs to the Navy."

"She is studying painting at the museums

and dancing at Symphonic Hall."

Gee, she's wonderful!

A celebrity.

Yeah, what a girl!

She can do everything.

Look what it says: "Meet lovely Ivy Smith.

"Every month some lucky little

New York miss is chosen...

"...from the thousands of girls

who ride the subways...

"...to be Miss Turnstiles.

"She's got to be brilliant,

beautiful, talented.

"Just an average girl.

"This month, the fortunate lassie is

Miss Ivy Smith."

Who? Me?

Yes, you.

Though a celebrity,

Miss Smith is a home-loving girl.

But she loves high society's whirl.

She goes out for the Army...

... but her heart belongs to the Navy.

She studies painting and dancing

at Symphonic Hall.

She's a frail, flower-like creature.

But oh, boy! What an athlete!

Gee, what a girl!

- Hey, cut that out.

- Gabe!

Come on. Let's get out of here.

Hey, put that back, you guys.

Why'd you do that?

I like her. I want it for my collection.

That's all you'll have of her.

Who knows? Maybe I'll meet her.

There are over four million women

in New York City.

It'll take you a million years to find her.

Why, the law of averages says...

Miss Smith, act like you're putting

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Adolph Green

Adolph Green (December 2, 1914  – October 23, 2002) was an American lyricist and playwright who, with long-time collaborator Betty Comden, penned the screenplays and songs for some of the most beloved movie musicals, particularly as part of Arthur Freed's production unit at Metro Goldwyn Mayer, during the genre's heyday. Many people thought the pair were married, but in fact they were not a romantic couple at all. Nevertheless, they shared a unique comic genius and sophisticated wit that enabled them to forge a six-decade-long partnership that produced some of Hollywood and Broadway's greatest hits. more…

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