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zmu26| Belle of New York
Director: Charles Walters
Screenplay: C.M.S. McLellan, Chester Erskine, Irving Elinson, Robert O'Brien
Producer: Arthur Freed, Roger Edens
Cast: Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Marjorie Main, Keenan Wynn, Alice Pearce
Genre: Comedy

Running Time: 82
Aspect Ratio:  (NTSC )
Studio:  MGM (Video & DVD) DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  Feb 1995 Discs:  1 (VHS Tape) [$19.98]
Reviews:  The Belle of New York is one of Astaire's lesser musicals, and for good reasons. The story line is a little simple minded. The secondary comic relief characters aren't all that comic. Vera Ellen paired with Astaire made for a screen relationship with few sparks. But the movie has more screen time of Astaire dancing than any of his other films, the songs by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer are easy to listen to and reflect the age nicely, and Vera Ellen is a pretty good hoofer in her own right. "Baby Doll" should have become a standard, and Astaire's dancing in the "Sands of Time" number is a classic. If you appreciate Astaire, you'll want to watch this.

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