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Small Town Girl (1953)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 10 April 1953 (USA)
Rick Belrow Livingston, in love with Broadway star Lisa, is sentenced to 30 days in jail for speeding through a small town. He persuades the judge's daughter Cindy to let him leave for one ... See full summary »

Director:

László Kardos (as Leslie Kardos)

Writers:

Dorothy Cooper (screenplay), Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Powell ... Cindy Kimbell
Farley Granger ... Richard Belrow Livingston III
Ann Miller ... Lisa Bellmount
S.Z. Sakall ... Papa Eric Schlemmer
Robert Keith ... Judge Gordon Kimbell
Bobby Van ... Ludwig Schlemmer
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Livingston
Fay Wray ... Mrs. Kimbell
Chill Wills ... Happy
Nat 'King' Cole ... Nat King Cole (as Nat King Cole)
Dean Miller ... Mac
William Campbell ... Ted
Philip Tonge ... Hemmingway
Jonathan Cott ... Jim the Cop
Robert Hyatt ... Dennis Kimbell (as Bobby Hyatt)
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Storyline

Rick Belrow Livingston, in love with Broadway star Lisa, is sentenced to 30 days in jail for speeding through a small town. He persuades the judge's daughter Cindy to let him leave for one night, so that he can visit Lisa on her birthday. After that he goes on the town with Cindy and she falls in love with him. But Dr. Schlemmer wants his son to become her husband. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

THE NEW HIPPITY-HOP MUSICAL! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amore provinciale See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,438,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film did poorly at the box office, resulting in a loss of $287,000 for MGM according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

During Ludwig's hopping dance through town, when he goes from the Indian statue to the horse, a shadow of the camera crane is visible and moving on the brick wall behind him. See more »

Connections

References Portrait of Jennie (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lullaby of the Lord
(uncredited)
Music by Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Jane Powell & chorus
[Cindy leads the church choir and congregation in song at the regular church service]
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"Music and Merriment in Color by Technicolor!"
10 May 2003 | by gregcoutureSee all my reviews

The tagline I quote above was prominently featured on the posters outside the Bay Theater in Pacific Palisades, California, where I saw this film in mid-summer of the year of its release. I hadn't yet entered my teens and, up to that point, had only seen "Singin' in the Rain" from among the treasure trove of M-G-M's greatest musicals. So with my admittedly undeveloped critical tastes, this amiable pastiche seemed pretty good. And Busby Berkeley's showstopping inventions - Ann Miller's tap dance among all those disembodied instrumentalists and Bobby Van's seemingly endless pogo dance through the small town of M-G-M's backlot (One can only imagine Berkeley slave-driving Mr. Van to achieve that amazing feat of energy and agility!) - are still moments I can distinctly remember from that first viewing.

Even when M-G-M wasn't adding a Midas touch to one of their musicals, the studio assembled some talented professionals both before and behind the cameras, and this one has its share. And for fans of Nat King Cole, one of the all-time greats, there's even a brief song in a nightclub (the sort of thing that M-G-M could easily excise to spare the sensitivities of white Southerners, as they did with Lena Horne's solos in previous Technicolor memories, although by the mid-Fifties, Mr. Cole's appearance was probably not removed for bookings below the Mason-Dixon line.)


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