Great Old Musicals

by wenwinn | created - 07 Aug 2012 | updated - 25 Feb 2014 | Public

Great Musicals from the 40's and 50's

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1. By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

Marjorie Winfield's engagement to Bill Sherman, who has just arrived home from fighting in World War I, serves as the backdrop for the trials and tribulations of her family.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Leon Ames, Rosemary DeCamp

Votes: 1,695

2. On Moonlight Bay (1951)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

During World War I, a teenage girl begins a romance with a college student, but his unconventional attitudes cause friction with her father.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Jack Smith, Leon Ames

Votes: 1,981

3. Calamity Jane (1953)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie, Philip Carey

Votes: 7,225

4. Let's Dance (1950)

Approved | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Donald Elwood meets after the war his former USO partner, Kitty McNeil, who is now a rich widow with a little child. She tries to evade her paternal grandmother, who wants her to live in a ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Betty Hutton, Fred Astaire, Roland Young, Ruth Warrick

Votes: 399

5. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

G | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

75 Metascore

In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 18,681

6. Easter Parade (1948)

Approved | 107 min | Musical, Romance

A nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner to make his former partner jealous and to prove he can make any partner a star.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller

Votes: 7,429 | Gross: $6.80M

7. Holiday Inn (1942)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale

Votes: 10,673

8. White Christmas (1954)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen

Votes: 25,954 | Gross: $30.00M

9. Anchors Aweigh (1945)

Passed | 140 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music

Two sailors, one naive, the other experienced in the ways of the world, on liberty in Los Angeles, is the setting for this movie musical.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly, José Iturbi

Votes: 6,932

10. Blue Skies (1946)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Jed Potter looks back on a love triangle conducted over the course of years and between musical numbers. Dancer Jed loves showgirl Mary, who loves compulsive nightclub-opener Johnny, who ... See full summary »

Directors: Stuart Heisler, Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Joan Caulfield, Billy De Wolfe

Votes: 1,093

11. The King and I (1956)

G | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

72 Metascore

A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson

Votes: 21,463 | Gross: $21.30M

12. Good News (1947)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

At fictitious Tait University in the Roaring 20's, co-ed and school librarian Connie Lane falls for football hero Tommy Marlowe. Unfortunately, he has his eye on gold-digging vamp Pat ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Patricia Marshall, Joan McCracken

Votes: 2,116

13. Too Many Girls (1940)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Musical, Sport

Mr Casey's daughter, Connie, wants to go to Pottawatomie College and without her knowledge he sends four football players as her bodyguards. The college is in financial trouble and her ... See full summary »

Director: George Abbott | Stars: Lucille Ball, Richard Carlson, Ann Miller, Eddie Bracken

Votes: 622

14. Sun Valley Serenade (1941)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

When Phil Corey's band arrives at the Idaho ski resort its pianist Ted Scott is smitten with a Norwegian refugee he has sponsored, Karen Benson. When soloist Vivian Dawn quits, Karen stages an ice show as a substitute.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Sonja Henie, John Payne, Glenn Miller, Milton Berle

Votes: 1,179

15. Moon Over Miami (1941)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Sisters Kay and Barbara arrive in Miami from Texas looking for rich husbands.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Robert Cummings, Carole Landis

Votes: 844

16. Three Daring Daughters (1948)

Approved | 115 min | Musical, Romance

It's Tess' graduation day from "Miss Drakes School for Girls". During the choir's performance at the ceremony, Tess notices that her beautiful, divorcee mother, Louise Rayton Morgan isn't ... See full summary »

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, José Iturbi, Jane Powell, Edward Arnold

Votes: 385

17. Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)

Passed | 124 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

A sailor helps two sisters start up a service canteen. The sailor soon becomes taken with gorgeous sister Jean, unaware that her sibling Patsy is also in love with him.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Van Johnson, June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven, José Iturbi

Votes: 625

18. Royal Wedding (1951)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A brother and sister dance act encounter challenges and romance when booked in London during the Royal Wedding.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford, Sarah Churchill

Votes: 4,088

19. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

G | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

99 Metascore

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

Votes: 187,298 | Gross: $8.82M

20. My Fair Lady (1964)

G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical

A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 77,072 | Gross: $72.00M

21. The Harvey Girls (1946)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Musical, Western

On a train trip West to become a mail order bride Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women traveling out to open a " Harvey House " restaurant at a remote whistle stop to provide ... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, John Hodiak, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 3,001

22. In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

Approved | 102 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

It's turn of the century America when Andrew and Veronica first meet - by crashing into each other. They develop an instant and mutual dislike which intensifies when, later on, Andrew is ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Judy Garland, Van Johnson, S.Z. Sakall, Spring Byington

Votes: 2,918 | Gross: $6.30M

23. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer

Votes: 17,422 | Gross: $7.57M

24. Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)

Approved | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

Biopic of Australian swimming champ and entertainer Annette Kellerman. After overcoming polio, Kellerman achieves fame and creates a scandal when her one-piece bathing suit is considered indecent.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Esther Williams, Victor Mature, Walter Pidgeon, David Brian

Votes: 1,092

25. Welcome Stranger (1947)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy

Crusty Dr. McRory of Fallbridge, Maine hires a replacement for his vacation sight unseen. Alas, he and young singing doctor Jim Pearson don't hit it off; but Pearson is delighted to stay, ... See full summary »

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Joan Caulfield, Wanda Hendrix

Votes: 208

26. Going My Way (1944)

Passed | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Father Charles O'Mailey, a young priest at a financially failing Church in a tough neighborhood, gains support and inspires his superior.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown

Votes: 8,924 | Gross: $16.30M

27. Top o' the Morning (1949)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

A singing insurance investigator comes to Ireland to recover the stolen Blarney Stone...and romance the local policeman's daughter.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Bing Crosby, Ann Blyth, Barry Fitzgerald, Hume Cronyn

Votes: 149

28. Pennies from Heaven (1936)

Passed | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Larry Poole, in prison on a false charge, promise an inmate that when he gets out he will look up and help out a family. The family turns out to be a young girl, Patsy Smith, and her ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Bing Crosby, Madge Evans, Edith Fellows, Louis Armstrong

Votes: 551

29. Here Comes the Groom (1951)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Foreign correspondent Pete Garvey has 5 days to win back his former fiancée, or he'll lose the orphans he adopted.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Alexis Smith, Franchot Tone

Votes: 887

30. Neptune's Daughter (1949)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A swimsuit fashion designer is determined to protect her scatterbrained sister from a South American heart-breaker, but a case of mistaken identity complicates matters.

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalban, Betty Garrett

Votes: 1,080

31. Dangerous When Wet (1953)

Approved | 95 min | Animation, Comedy, Musical

A young woman enters a contest to be the first to swim the English Channel.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Esther Williams, Fernando Lamas, Jack Carson, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 725

32. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A singing mechanic from 1912 finds himself in Arthurian Britain.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Cedric Hardwicke, William Bendix

Votes: 1,947

33. She's Working Her Way Through College (1952)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Musical

A burlesque dancer goes to college, where she romances a professor and helps put on a musical show.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Virginia Mayo, Ronald Reagan, Gene Nelson, Don DeFore

Votes: 409

34. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Passed | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf

Votes: 12,593 | Gross: $11.80M

35. State Fair (1945)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

The Frake family attends the annual Iowa State Fair; each member of the clan has their own reason for doing so.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes, Vivian Blaine

Votes: 3,163



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