After the success of On the Town, writers Comden and Green thought of making a sequel that would reunite Gene Kelly and his WWII comrade costars 10 years after that fabulous day in NYC. MGM didn’t want to hire Sinatra or Munshin again, so Kelly appears with dancer Dan Dailey and choreographer Michael Kidd (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), who come together only to discover they have nothing in common. Donen and Kelly’s final collaboration and the last major MGM dance-oriented musical, the film was not a commercial success, perhaps due to its downbeat theme, which plays much better in 2019. But its dance routines—including Kelly’s glorious performance on roller skates to “I Like Myself”—are for the ages.
Presented in 35mm