The directorial debut for both Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen (they’d later co-direct Singin’ in the Rain), this delightful movie musical was a less joyful experience for Leonard Bernstein, who found some of his music (from the stage version) excised and replaced by studio composer Roger Edens. Still, it was an innovative production, with numbers actually staged on location in New York City. Three sailors—Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin—make the most of their 24-hour shore leave, painting the town red with Vera-Ellen, Betty Garrett and Ann Miller. Writers: Adolph Green, Betty Comden. Directors: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen. (US 1949) 98 min.