Movies Belle Of New York, The (MGM 1952, Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen) Published 5 months ago on September 24, 2018 Of enjoyable MGM musical The Belle Of New York, The Observer said, ‘…in its new way seems to be one of the most refreshing musicals Hollywood has sent us for a long time’. It was produced by the legendary Arthur Freed, among whose pictures were the great musicals such as Babes in Arms (1939), Meet Me in St Louis (1944), Ziegfeld Follies (1946), On the Town (1949, Take Me Out to the Ball Game , An American In Paris (1951), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Band Wagon (1953) and Gigi (1958). Freed had originally intended to make The Belle of New York in 1946 with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland but the project was dropped when Garland dropped out during rehearsals. However, the production was reactivated for ASTAIRE. Based on a successful 1897 stage show, Astaire was cast as a playboy who had left five brides at the altar, finally to fall for straight-laced Salvation Army lass VERA-ELLEN. The score features eight new songs by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer, among them Seeing’s Believing , Naughty But Nice, Baby Doll, Who Wants To Kiss the Bridegroom and a song that was destined to become an Astaire trademark, I Wanna Be a Dancin’ Man. Director Charles Walters had originally wanted Mae West for the role of VERA-ELLEN’s aunt but she wanted too much money. But a strong cast and top notch songs and magnificent choreography made this a hit and the sequence of Astaire and Vera-Ellen literally dancing on air to the tune of Seeing’s Believing remains one of the classics of the musical. production details USA | MGM | 82 minutes | 1952 Writers: Robert O’Brien, Irving Ellinson Adaptation: Chester Erskine From the musical play by Hugh Morton and Gustave Kerker Music and Lyrics: Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren Cinematography: Robert Planck Producer: Arthur Freed Director: Charles Walters cast Keenan Wynn as Max Ferris Tom Dugan as With Wedding Gift of Stolen Silver (uncredited) Marjorie Main as Mrs Phineas Hill Fred Astaire as Charlie Hill Vera-Ellen as Angela Bonfils Alice Pearce as Elsie Wilkins Clinton Sundberg as Gilford Spivak Gale Robbins as Dixie ‘Deadshot’ McCoy Ed Haskett as Supper Club Patron (uncredited) Alice PearceC.M.S. McLellanCharles WaltersChester ErskineClinton SundbergComedyEd HaskettFred AstaireGale RobbinsKeenan WynnMarjorie MainMusicRobert O'BrienRomanceTom DuganVera-Ellen Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes10 hours ago Chronicle Mysteries: The Wrong Man (Hallmark Sun 24 Feb 2019, Alison Sweeney) Podcaster Alex McPherson seeks the truth behind the tragic death of a young lawyer, while partner Drew finds himself diving... Episodes10 hours ago The Zoo: The Marvelous Mott Mott (Season 3 Premieres 24 Feb 2019 on Animal Planet) The Marvelous Mott Mott: Animal Planet’s THE ZOO goes behind the scenes at the world-famous Bronx Zoo for a third... Episodes10 hours ago SMILF: Single Mom In Love Forever (S2EP5 Showtime Sun 24 Feb 2019) Single Mom In Love Forever: In 2014, Bridgette and Rafi prepare for the realities of parenthood as Bridgette experiences contractions,... 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