non-musicals watchedby bderoes | created - 12 Oct 2017 | updated - 2 hours ago | Public
musicals with worthwhile dancing:
musicals to watch:
Films where I wanted to make notes, not public reviews. Most notes live at the public site http://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/
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1. The Emperor Jones (1933)
Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Music
Unscrupulously ambitious Brutus Jones escapes from jail after killing a guard and through bluff and bravado finds himself the emperor of a Caribbean island.
John Krimsky and Gifford Cochran Inc. (distr. UA), dir. Dudley Murphy, William C. de Mille (uncredited); http://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/10/the-emperor-jones-1933-5.html
2. Kiss and Make-Up (1934)
Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Dr. Maurice Lamar is a noted plastic-surgeon who makes his rich clients beautiful, and also makes them. He makes Eve Caron, the wife of Marcel Caron, so satisfied with his skilled hands ... See full summary »
Paramount, dir. Thompson; 6+ http://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/10/kiss-and-make-up-1934-6.html
3. Baby, Take a Bow (1934)
PG | 76 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Eddie Ellison is an ex-con who spent time in Sing-Sing prison. Kay marries him as soon as he serves his time. Five years later, Eddie and his ex-convict buddy Larry, have both gone straight... See full summary »
Fox Film Corp., dir. Lachman; 5 http://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/10/baby-take-bow-1934-5.html
4. Check and Double Check (1930)
Passed | 77 min | Comedy
Typical Amos 'n Andy storyline has the boys trying to make a go of their "open-air" taxi business while they get caught up in a society hassle, involving driving musicians to a fancy party.... See full summary »
RKO, dir. Brown; 5- http://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/10/check-and-double-check-1930-5.html
5. Palooka (1934)
Unrated | 86 min | Comedy, Music
Knobby discovers young hunk Palooka and trains him to fight the reigning champ, also drunken sot, Al McSwatt.
Edward Small Prod, dir. Stoloff; 6-- (sic) http://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/10/palooka-1934-6.html
6. Young Man of Manhattan (1930)
Passed | 79 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Two flappers (Claudette Colbert and Ginger Rogers) try to get their newspaper reporter boyfriends to pay attention to them.
Paramount, dir. Bell; 7- http://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/10/young-man-of-manhattan-1930-7.html
7. A Bill of Divorcement (1932)
Passed | 70 min | Drama
A man, Hilary Fairfield returns home after fifteen years in a mental asylum. However, he finds things are not the way they were when he left.
RKO, dir. Cukor; 7 Very effective. Watched on YouTube.
8. Now and Forever (1934)
Passed | 81 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A swindler and his girlfriend take in his young daughter, who has been living with the family of his deceased wife.
Paramount, dir. Hathaway; 6+ https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/10/now-and-forever-1934-6.html
9. Our Little Girl (1935)
Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Don Middleton is so caught up with his work he neglects his wife Elsa. Lonely Elsa begins to spend more time with Don's best friend and they become attracted to one another. Don and Elsa ... See full summary »
Fox Film Corp, dir. Robertson; 6 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/our-little-girl-1935-6.html
10. Metropolis (1927)
Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
Votes: 137,366 | Gross: $1.24M
Universum Film (UFA), dir. Lang; 6. The 1984 Giorgio Moroder version is Blu. The 2010 Complete version is DVD. https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/metropolis-1927-1984-6.html
11. She (1935)
Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Leo Vincey, told by his dying uncle of a lost land visited 500 years ago by his ancestor, heads out with family friend Horace Holly to try to discover the land and its secret of immortality... See full summary »
RKO, dir. Holden & Pichel, 8 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/she-1935-8-nm.html
12. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco.
Votes: 459,299 | Gross: $1.02M
Warner, dir. Curtiz, 9 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/casablanca-1942-9-nm.html
13. Hearts Divided (1936)
Approved | 87 min | Drama, History, Musical
Napoleon needs money to fight his wars in Europe so he wants 20 million dollars for the Louisiana Territory in the United States. To help the negotiations, he sends his brother, Jerome, to ... See full summary »
Warner, dir. Borzage; 5+ https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/hearts-divided-1936-5-nm.html
14. So Big! (1932)
Unrated | 81 min | Drama, Romance
Following the death of Selena's father, she's offered a job as a teacher in a small town and a new chapter of her life begins.
Warner, dir. Wellman; 7 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/so-big-1932-7-nm.html
15. T-Men (1947)
Approved | 92 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
Two US Treasury agents hunt a successful counterfeiting ring.
16. Trouble in Texas (1937)
Passed | 63 min | Western
Rodeo stars are being killed with poisoned needles, and Tex Ritter is next on the list.
prod. Boots and Saddles Pictures, distr. Grand National Pictures, dir. Bradbury; 4- https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/trouble-in-texas-1937-4.html
17. In Old Kentucky (1935)
86 min | Comedy
Horse trainer Steve Tapley is caught between the feuding Martingale and Shattuck families. He sides with young Nancy Martingale and her grandfather Ezra, and the feud is to be resolved by a... See full summary »
Fox, dir. Marshall; 6. NOT a musical, but Bill Robinson dances. https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/in-old-kentucky-1935-6-nm-but.html
18. Sweetheart of the Navy (1937)
Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Singer struggles to make her new nightclub succeed in a naval port after her partner leaves with the funds but not the bills.
B. F. Ziedman Film, distr. Grand National, dir. Mansfield; 4 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/sweetheart-of-navy-1937-4-nm.html
19. King Solomon's Mines (1937)
Not Rated | 77 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
White hunter Allan Quartermain and his enigmatic guide help a young Irish woman locate her missing father in unexplored Darkest Africa.
Gaumont British Picture Corporation, dir. Stevenson & Barkas; 7 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/king-solomons-mines-1937-7-nm.html
20. Heidi (1937)
Approved | 88 min | Drama, Family, Musical
A plucky little orphan girl gets dumped abruptly into her gruff, hermit grandfather's care, then later gets retaken and delivered as a companion for an injured girl.
Fox, dir. Dwan; 6 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/12/heidi-1937-6-nm.html
21. Fools for Scandal (1938)
Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
After meeting her in Paris, a penniless marquis relentlessly pursues a famous actress.
Warner, dir. LeRoy & Connolly; 5+ https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/12/fools-for-scandal-1938-5-nm.html
22. Battle of Broadway (1938)
Approved | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Two American Legionnaires on convention in New York share adventures and rivalries in an around show biz.
Fox, dir. Marshall & Dwan; 5- https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/12/battle-of-broadway-1938-5-nm.html
23. Midshipmaid Gob (1932)
84 min | Comedy
Sir Percy Newbiggin visits the fleet to find ways to economize naval expenditures. Daughter Celia tags along, and organizes a morale-boosting show utilizing ship-board talent. Her fiance shows up, and romantic complications ensue.
Gaumont British; dir. de Courville, 6- https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/12/midshipmaid-gob-1932-6.html
24. Give Me a Sailor (1938)
80 min | Comedy, Romance
Jim and Walter are two brother sailors in the United States Navy. Walter tells Jim as soon as they get home he is going to ask his beautiful girlfriend, Nancy Larkin to marry him. But Jim ... See full summary »
Paramount, dir. Nugent; 6 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/12/give-me-sailor-1938-6.html
25. Room Service (1938)
Approved | 78 min | Comedy
A penniless theatrical producer must outwit the hotel efficiency expert trying to evict him from his room, while securing a backer for his new play.
MGM, dir. Seiter; 6+ https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/12/room-service-1938-6-nm.html
26. Climbing High (1938)
Approved | 78 min | Comedy
Wealthy young man (Redgrave) pretends to be poor to be close to a model (Matthews) though he nearly engaged to an aristocrat (Vyner).
Gaumont British, dir. Carol Reed; 6- https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/12/climbing-high-1938-6-nm.html
27. Road Demon (1938)
Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Sport
At the Indianapolis Speedway mobsters try to bump off a young racer just as they did his dad. Junk yard owner tap dances.
Fox, dir, Brower; 5 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/12/road-demon-1938-5-nm.html
28. Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)
Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Music
Blondie takes over Dagwood's job while he goes off on a fishing trip.
Columbia, dir. Strayer; 5 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/12/blondie-meets-boss-1939-5-nm.html
29. Bridal Suite (1939)
Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
An American playboy dumps his greedy finace and ends up marrying a woman from the alps.
MGM, dir Thiele; 6- https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/bridal-suite-1939-6-nm.html
30. Fast and Furious (1939)
Passed | 73 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
Rare book dealers Joel and Garda take a summertime jaunt to the seashore where he becomes involved in a beauty pageant as investor and judge much to her chagrin.
MGM, dir. Berkeley; 6 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/fast-and-furious-1939-6-nm.html
31. Everything Happens at Night (1939)
Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Drama
Two competing reporters fall in love with the daughter of a Nobel Prize winner living in hiding.
Fox, dir. Cummings; 5+ https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/everything-happens-at-night-1939-5-nm.html
32. Slightly Honorable (1939)
Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A lawyer is framed for the murder of a young party girl and tries to clear his name.
Walter Wanger Productions, dir. Garnett; 5- https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/slightly-honorable-1939-5-nm.html
33. The Blue Bird (1940)
Approved | 88 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl, a woodchopper's children, are led by the Fairy Berylune on a magical trip through the past, present, and future to locate the Blue Bird of Happiness.
Fox, dir. Lang; 8 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-blue-bird-1940-8-nm-color.html
34. Angels Over Broadway (1940)
Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
A cuckolded embezzler on the verge of suicide is helped by a tout, an alcoholic playwright, and a pick-up girl to reimburse the money with a gambling sting.
Columbia, dir. Hecht; 6 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/angels-over-broadway-1940-6-nm.html
35. Golden Earrings (1947)
Approved | 95 min | Adventure, Romance, War
On the eve of World War II (1939) English officer Ralph Denistoun is in Nazi Germany on an espionage mission to recover a poison gas formula from Prof. Krosigk. He is helped by Lydia and ... See full summary »
Votes: 894 | Gross: $7.00M
Paramount, dir. Leisen, 7 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/golden-earrings-1947-7-nm.html
36. The Flame of New Orleans (1941)
Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music
In old New Orleans, a beautiful adventuress juggles the attentions of a rich banker and a dashing sea captain.
Universal, dir. Clair, 6- https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-flame-of-new-orleans-1941-6-nm.html
37. Affectionately Yours (1941)
Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Romance
A married reporter's assignments carry him all over the world, which gives him ample opportunity to put the moves on the local females. He's in Lisbon attempting his latest "conquest" when ... See full summary »
Warner, dir. Bacon; 6- https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/affectionately-yours-1941-6-nm.html
38. Parachute Battalion (1941)
Approved | 75 min | Drama, Romance
In this pre-Pearl Harbor recruiting poster, colonel's estranged son Bill Burke, football hero Donald Morse, and hillbilly Jeff Hollis enlist in the paratroopers. Their training at Fort ... See full summary »
RKO, dir. Goodwins; 6 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/parachute-battalion-1941-6-nm.html
39. Kathleen (1941)
Passed | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Kathleen is a 12 year old who lives in a big house with a nanny, a butler, maids, no mother and a father who is working most of the time. She dreams of a family with a mother, father and ... See full summary »
MGM, dir. Bucquet; 6 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/kathleen-1941-6-nm.html
40. Ball of Fire (1941)
Approved | 111 min | Comedy, Romance
A group of professors working on a new encyclopedia encounter a mouthy nightclub singer who is wanted by the police to help bring down her mob boss lover.
Goldwyn, dir. Hawks; 8+ https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/ball-of-fire-1941-8-nm.html
41. All Through the Night (1942)
Approved | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs.
Warner, dir. Sherman; 7 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/all-through-night-1942-7-nm.html
42. Saboteur (1942)
Passed | 109 min | Thriller, War
An aircraft factory worker goes on the run after being wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend.
Frank Lloyd Prod./Universal, dir. Hitchcock; 7+ https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/02/saboteur-1942-7-nm.html
43. Big City Blues (1932)
Passed | 63 min | Comedy, Drama
Young man from small town moves to New York City looking for better life.
Warner, dir. LeRoy; 6 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/02/big-city-blues-1932-6.html
44. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 893,018 | Gross: $210.61M
Universal, Amblin, U-Drive Prod., dir. Zemeckis; 6+ https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/02/back-to-future-1985-6.html
45. Primer (2004)
PG-13 | 77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.
Votes: 87,192 | Gross: $0.42M
Indie, dir. Carruth; 5 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/02/primer-2004-5-nm.html
46. Maisie Gets Her Man (1942)
Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Romance
Parting company with her on-stage partner Professor Orco partly due to the job being potentially hazardous to her health, streetwise but kind-hearted vaudeville performer Maisie Ravier, in ... See full summary »
MGM, dir. Del Ruth; 7- https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/02/maisie-gets-her-man-1942-7-nm.html
47. Tales of Manhattan (1942)
Unrated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A formal tailcoat that gets passed from one owner to another affects each life in a significant way.
Fox, dir. Duvivier; 6+ https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/02/tales-of-manhattan-1942-6-nm.html
48. Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)
Approved | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama