Movies Belle Of New York, The (MGM 1952, Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen) Published 8 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 TV2 hours ago Coming of Age (CBS 1988, Paul Dooley, Phyllis Newman) Sitcom. Exploits of a pair of couples living in an old peoples retirement village, the Hales, Dick and Ginny and... TV2 hours ago Big Hawaii (Filmways 1977, Cliff Potts, John Dehner) Drama. The black sheep of the family returns home to Hawaii to help his ill father run their ranch. The... TV2 hours ago Ben Casey (ABC 1961-1965 | Vince Edwards Sam Jaffe Medical drama series. Stories of the doctor of the title, especially his relationship with the elder doctor David Zorba who... TV2 hours ago Baywatch Nights (Syndicated 1995, David Hasselhoff, Alexandra Paul) Crime drama series. Spin off from the above that saw Mitch, on his off hours from the beach, working as... TV2 hours ago Arresting Behavior (ABC 1992, Leo Burmester, Chris Mulkey) Police sitcom. A pair of mismatched cops are followed on their tours of duty by a tv crew. An obvious... search EPISODES Episodes1 day ago The Chi: A Blind Eye (S2EP7 Showtime Sun 26 May 2019) A Blind Eye: Detective Cruz is left to make a difficult choice. Brandon gets some insight into Douda’s past, while... Episodes1 day ago Billions: New Year’s Day (S4EP10 Showtime Sun 26 May 2019) New Year’s Day: Wendy and Taylor each prep for a big day. Wags gets in touch with his sensitive side.... Episodes1 day ago Killing Eve: You’re Mine (S2EP8 AMC, BBC America Sun 26 May 2019) You’re Mine: Eve finds her mission going awry; Eve learns Carolyn is working for the British government and must take... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Shazam! | 2019 | Zachary Levi, Asher Angel A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.... Movies2 months ago Dumbo | 2019 | Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans... Movies2 months ago The Man Who Killed Don Quixote | 2018 | Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.