Belle of New York, The: Charles Walters’ MGM Musical Comedy, Starring Fred Astaire and Vera-Allen

Charles Walters directed The Belle of New York, a Metro musical comedy set in New York circa 1900, starring Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen, with music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

The Belle of New York
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Theatrical release poster

This whimsical musical failed  with critics and at the box office, due to the plot which empowers lovers to float free of the influence of gravity.

Astaire was reluctant to take the project–he was originally supposed to play the role in 1946 but avoided it through retirement.

Astaire later claimed that the dance routines are of a particularly high standard.

Vera-Ellen, one of Astaire’s most proficient dance partners, encouraged him to expand the dance routines.


Directed by Charles Walters
Produced by Arthur Freed
Written by Robert O’Brien and Irving Elinson
Music by Alexander Courage, Adolph Deutsch, Conrad Salinger
Cinematography Robert Planck
Edited by Albert Akst
Distributed by MGM

Release date: February 22, 1952 (U.S. release)

Running time: 82 minutes
Budget $2,563,000
Box office $1,982,000



TCM showed this musical on May 10, 2021.