The Belle Of New York

  • 1952
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

Fred Astaire is usually only as good as his material. In the case of THE BELLE OF NEW YORK, that means he is only so-so. Fred is a bachelor playboy during the Gay Nineties. He falls taps over toupee for Vera-Ellen, who is a Bowery social worker (not unlike Sarah Brown in GUYS AND DOLLS). Fred goes as far getting a real job in order to impress Vera-Ellen,...read more

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Fred Astaire is usually only as good as his material. In the case of THE BELLE OF NEW YORK, that means he is only so-so. Fred is a bachelor playboy during the Gay Nineties. He falls taps over toupee for Vera-Ellen, who is a Bowery social worker (not unlike Sarah Brown in GUYS AND DOLLS).

Fred goes as far getting a real job in order to impress Vera-Ellen, who is as pure as any heroine can be. And that's the plot. Into this, they cram several songs to fill out the rather brief running time of the movie. There is lots of good secondary support from Main, Helton, Wynn, Pearce, and

Sundberg. Songs include: "Oops," "Bachelor's Dinner Song," "When I'm Out with the Belle of New York," "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man" (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren), and "Let a Little Love Come In" (Roger Edens).

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  • Review: Fred Astaire is usually only as good as his material. In the case of THE BELLE OF NEW YORK, that means he is only so-so. Fred is a bachelor playboy during the Gay Nineties. He falls taps over toupee for Vera-Ellen, who is a Bowery social worker (not unlike… (more)

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