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Small Town Girl (1953)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 10 April 1953 (USA)
Rick Belrow Livingston, in love with Broadway star Lisa, is sentenced to 30 days in jail for speeding through a small town. He persuades the judge's daughter Cindy to let him leave for one ... See full summary »

Director:

László Kardos (as Leslie Kardos)

Writers:

Dorothy Cooper (screenplay), Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Powell ... Cindy Kimbell
Farley Granger ... Richard Belrow Livingston III
Ann Miller ... Lisa Bellmount
S.Z. Sakall ... Papa Eric Schlemmer
Robert Keith ... Judge Gordon Kimbell
Bobby Van ... Ludwig Schlemmer
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Livingston
Fay Wray ... Mrs. Kimbell
Chill Wills ... Happy
Nat 'King' Cole ... Nat King Cole (as Nat King Cole)
Dean Miller ... Mac
William Campbell ... Ted
Philip Tonge ... Hemmingway
Jonathan Cott ... Jim the Cop
Robert Hyatt ... Dennis Kimbell (as Bobby Hyatt)
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Storyline

Rick Belrow Livingston, in love with Broadway star Lisa, is sentenced to 30 days in jail for speeding through a small town. He persuades the judge's daughter Cindy to let him leave for one night, so that he can visit Lisa on her birthday. After that he goes on the town with Cindy and she falls in love with him. But Dr. Schlemmer wants his son to become her husband. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

THE NEW HIPPITY-HOP MUSICAL! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amore provinciale See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,438,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film contains Ann Miller's best remembered musical number from the MGM era, "I've Gotta Hear That Beat." The brainchild of master showman Busby Berkeley, the highly inventive sequence placed Miller amidst a sea of disembodied musical instruments that appear to be playing themselves through cut-outs in the floor. While the number has long been considered a feast for the eyes, few are aware that Berkeley complemented the visual experience in audio terms, too, as every time Miller passes a new section of the orchestra, that particular instrument takes the lead on the soundtrack. See more »

Goofs

When Rick is showing Cindy around New York, a clip of the Sambacabana club from the movie On The Town is reused with Ann Miller, Jules Munshin, Gene Kelly, Vera Ellen, Frank Sinatra, and Betty Garrett in the background. See more »

Connections

Referenced in I Saw the Light (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me to Broadway
(uncredited)
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Bobby Van
[Ludwig sings and dances to the song when he is alone in Papa's store after hours trying on the tuxedo]
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small town girl ,,comment on Bobby Van
26 June 2005 | by wfergieSee all my reviews

It's just too bad more people didn't appreciate Bobby Van when he was around. I've never seen him before, but I certainly will remember his energy and incredible footwork. Where are they now? 50 years seemed to have taken away the fun of making a entertaining musical. Watching rappers and boy bands has diminished our appreciation of what dance was all about. Donald OConnor, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Danny Kaye all had desire that is lacking in movies now. Perhaps the cycle will return and will get away from Gangsta rappers and back to a style of entertainment that celebrated life rather than threaten it. Great work Bobby... Too bad I missed you. ......Wayne


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