In the 1949 musical On the Town, you’ll find a lot of things that might seem familiar from other musicals – big set pieces and a whimsical, can-do attitude – but at least one or two that will seem completely foreign. Top of the list: Frank Sinatra himself playing a detail-oriented nerd of a guy more interested in seeing the sights than he is scoring with a big-city dame. Also up there: the women in the film are much brassier than just about any actresses you’d see on screen these days, but more on that later.
New on DVD
On the Town is available as part of Warner’s new Sinatra and Kelly boxed set. You can read the full review at filmcritic.com.