70 years ago today, the film adaptation of the Broadway musical On the Town, debuted on the big screen starring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly (who also choreographed and co-directed). The film was notable for its location shooting, as a result of Gene Kelly's insistence that some scenes be shot in NYC locations, including the Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Rockefeller Center.
A story about three sailors excited to begin their 24-hour shore leave in New York City, On The Town was an immediate success and won the Oscar for Best Musical Score. Riding the subway, one of them falls in love with a fleeting stranger, so the sailors race around attempting to find her, assisted by two women whom they become romantically involved with.
In 2006, the film ranked No. 19 on the American Film Institute's list of Best Musicals. WATCH ‘New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town...’ (1949)