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The Belle of New York (1952)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 22 February 1952 (USA)
In squeaky-clean New York at the turn of the century, playboy Charlie Hill falls so much in love that he can walk on air. The object of his affections is beautiful Angela Bonfils, a mission... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Walters

Writers:

C.M.S. McLellan (play) (as Hugh Morton), Chester Erskine (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Charlie Hill
Vera-Ellen ... Angela Bonfils
Marjorie Main ... Mrs. Phineas Hill
Keenan Wynn ... Max Ferris
Alice Pearce ... Elsie Wilkins
Clinton Sundberg ... Gilford Spivak
Gale Robbins ... Dixie 'Deadshot' McCoy
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Storyline

In squeaky-clean New York at the turn of the century, playboy Charlie Hill falls so much in love that he can walk on air. The object of his affections is beautiful Angela Bonfils, a mission house worker in the Bowery. He promises to reform his dissolute life, even trying to do an honest day's work. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@alumni.umbc.edu>

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remake | based on play | dance | See All (3) »

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M.G.M's Gay TECHNICOLOR Musical!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La belle de New York See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,563,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fred Astaire had been set for the lead for this film since the mid-1940s by producer Arthur Freed. The film was originated as a project for Astaire and Judy Garland. But since the two stars had overlapping film schedules, the project never materialized until the early 1950's with Astaire and Vera-Ellen. See more »

Goofs

(around 65 mins) When Angela covers a tambourine with a cloth and props it up on a chair, the cloth slips off the tambourine. But when it cuts immediately to a long-shot the cloth is back in place on the tambourine. See more »

Quotes

Hills' Butler: Did you shoot mam?
Dixie 'Deadshot' McCoy: The shooting's just beginning.
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Soundtracks

Seeing's Believing
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung and Danced by Fred Astaire
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Sweet, charming and light
26 January 2009 | by mmyySee all my reviews

The Belle of New York is not one of Fred Astaire's best movies but it is nowhere near his worst. Everything about the movie is sweet, charming and light. Vera Ellen is one of the best dancers in Hollywood and a great partner for Fred. The color is beautiful. The sets and the costumes are fantastic, and while it is true it is not one of the strongest stories, there are some good laughs along the way. The music is charming. The dancing is excellent. And the movie just glides along, mostly due to the very plentiful musical numbers. If you want some dramatic tension, look elsewhere. This movie has none. If you like musicals, if you like good dancing, in particular if you like Vera Ellen, this movie is a must see. The quality of the DVD release is excellent.


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