by Jim Ridley
Today would have been the late Gene Kelly's 100th birthday, and all month long The Belcourt has been screening Kelly classics in tribute. This weekend's feature, playing noon Saturday and Sunday, is one of the best in the series: the exuberant 1949 Leonard Bernstein-Betty Comden-Adolph Green musical On the Town. From The Belcourt's website:
Sailors Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin are on shore leave and ready for fun in New York City in this Oscar-winning musical comedy. But they only have 24 hours in the Big Apple. Each finds romance quickly, and they're going to live every second to the hilt. Tunes include "Come Up to My Place" and, of course, "New York, New York." Notable for its combination of studio and location filming, and described at the time as "the most inventive and effervescent musical thus far produced in Hollywood,” Kelly’s final partnership with Sinatra and co-direction with Stanley Donen was an instant success that stands as one of cinema’s most endearing musicals.
Don't miss it, especially if you plan to see the upcoming It's Always Fair Weather — and you should.