In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “It’s the kind of thing that I can only describe as good clean fun, before immediately hating myself for using the phrase ‘good clean fun’ with zero sarcasm.”
“You know, somewhere in the world there’s a right girl for every boy.”
There are movies I definitely had to age into. As a young kid, I assumed black and white meant boring. As a teenager I discovered the awesomeness of the 70s, but was still a decade or so away from the realisation that embracing older movies, from Hollywood’s golden age and earlier, just meant I had more great ones to discover. Even then, I was still opposed to the idea of classic musicals. There was a corniness factor I just couldn’t get past. Until I saw Singin’ the Rain. It really was the watershed moment where I realised that the corny campness, when done well, was exactly what made old school musicals so entertaining. And it was exactly that kind of corny camp that I was hoping for with On the Town.
Gabey (Gene Kelly), Chip (Frank Sinatra) and Ozzie (Jules Munshin) are three sailors on 24 hours leave from the navy when their ship docks in New York City. Singing and dancing their way across a few familiar landmarks, these small town boys are fascinated by the big city. But one sight in particular grabs the eye of Gabey, a Subway poster for Miss Turnstyle (Vera-Allen as Ivy), a local beauty contest winner. When he coincidentally meets her in person leaving the subway station, he is officially smitten. As she rushes away, Gabey decides the only way to make the most of his short leave is to spend it with her. (more…)