Musicals -- A-Pictures
All films are available on economical DVD-R format and Mpeg2 video files.
Black Tights (1960) Color, 126m. Cyd Charisse, Zizi Jeanmarie, Moira Shearer. Four dramatic choreography dance numbers.
Doll Face (1945) 79m. Vivian Blaine, Dennis O'Keefe, Perry Como, Carmen Miranda. Burlesque star makes it in the big time.
The Fabulous Dorseys (1947) 89m. Dorsey Brothers, Janet Blair, Paul Whiteman. Bio of the famous Big Band leaders and their music hits.
Glorifying the American Girl (1929) 95m. Mary Eaton, Eddie Cantor, Helen Morgan. Rise of a showgirl dancer in the Ziegfeld Follies.
Happy Go Lovely (1951) 98m. David Niven, Vera-Ellen, Cesar Romero. Rich but stodgy bachelor gets involved with musical troupe.
New Faces (Letterbox/Wide Screen) (1953) Color, 97m. Eartha Kitt, Ronny Graham, Robert Clary. Direct filming of Broadway music-comedy review show.
Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957) Color, 87m. Van Johnson stars in musical version of the children's fable.
Private Buckaroo (1942) 69m. Andrew Sisters, Dick Foran. Musical showcase for army enlistment.
Rock, Rock, Rock! (1956) 86m. La Vern Baker, Chuck Berry, Tuesday Weld. Many rock 'n roll groups perform including Moonglows, Flamingos, La Vern Baker, Frankie Lymon.
Royal Wedding (1951) Color, 95m. Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Sarah Churchill, Keenan Wynn. Dance act goes to London during royal wedding period.
Second Chorus (1940) 84m. Fred Astaire, Paulette Goddard, Artie Shaw, Burgess Meredith. Competitive pair get jobs with Artie Shaw's band.
Something to Sing About (1936) 87m. James Cagney, William Fawley, Evelyn Daw. NY bandleader goes to Hollywood to get into films his way.
Stage Door Canteen (1943) 131m. Katharine Hepburn, Judith Anderson, Kenny Baker and dozens of Hollywood stars in musical review to entertain soldiers going off to War.
This Is the Army (1943) Color, 115m. Ronald Reagan, George Murphy, Joan Leslie in all-star music review to entertain the troops.
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) Color, 136m. Robert Walker, Van Heflin, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, June Allyson. Bio-pic of famed producer/composer Jerome Kern.
Soundies were musical shorts made in the 1940s for video juke boxes called Panorams. The Panorams played in bars, cafes and similar gathering places. They played musical movies from 16mm films inside. Most importantly, Soundies preserved musical performances by Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Dorsey, the Mills Brothers, Billy Eckstine, Gene Krupa, Nat King Cole, Stan Kenton and hundreds of others.
Festival Films offers DVDs of Soundies and other musical numbers from public domain films. Click HERE for the listing. Also avaiable on Mpeg2 video files.
Bobby Breen Musicals
Breaking the Ice (1938) 79m. Bobby Breen, Charles Ruggles, Dolores Costello. Young boy singer Bobby Breen in ice skating setting.
Escape to Paradise (1939) 60m. Bobby Breen, Marla Shelton, Pedro de Cordoba. Tourist in South America finds love and Bobby Breen.
Fisherman's Wharf (1939) 72m. Bobby Breen, Leo Carillo, Henry Armetta. Italians in San Francisco, songs by young Mr. Breen.
Hawaii Calls (1938) 63m. Bobby Breen, Ned Sparks, Warren Hull. Bobby sings for passage to Hawaii, and sings when he gets there.
It Happened in New Orleans (1936) Aka. "Rainbow on the River." 87m. Bobby Breen, May Robson, Charles Butterworth. Young singer leaves south to stay with relatives in NY.
Let's Sing Again (1936) 70m. Bobby Breen, Henry Armetta, George Houston. Orphan Bobby gets chance to sing soprano in New York.
Way Down South (1939) 61m. Bobby Breen, Alan Mowbray, Ralph Morgan. In old south, plantation left to young son.
Black Heritage Musicals
Boarding House Blues (1948) 87m. Dusty Fletcher, Jackie Moms Mabley, Marcellus Wilson Director: Josh Binney. Harlem boarders put on a show to save home.
Duke Is the Tops, The (1938) (aka Bronze Venus) 76m. Lena Horne, Ralph Cooper. Ralph sponsors Lena in show business; she rise while he falls.
Hi De Ho (1947) 64m. Cab Calloway, Ida James, Jeni Le Gon. Jealousy, night clubs, gangsters and music.
Killer Diller (1948) 70m. Nat King Cole, Dusty Fletcher, George Wiltshire.
Moon over Harlem (1939) 75m. Bud Harris, Cora Green, Ozinetta Wilcox. Life, love, tragedy in a Harlem tenement.
Murder with Music (1941) 65m. Bob Howard, Nellie Hill. Murder in a night club setting with lots of music.
Paradise in Harlem (1939) 70m. Edna Mae Wilson, Frank L. Wilson, Mamie Smith. Between music, a comedian witnesses a mob murder.
Reet, Petite and Gone (1947) 75m. Louis Jordan, June Richmond, Milton Woods. Dying rich man attempts to matchmake for his son.
Rhythm and Blues Revue (1955) 70m. Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Cab Calloway, many others in all-music review taken from "Showtime at the Apollo" TV series.
Showtime at the Apollo (1955) 79m. Musical variety show filmed in New York’s Apollo Theater with many stars: Nipsey Russell, Duke Ellington, the Clovers, Herb Jeffries, Dinah Washington, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, etc. 3 separate episodes of the 1954 TV show.
Sepia Cinderella (1947) Starring: Billy Daniels, Sheila Guyse, Hilda Offley Director: Arthur H. Leonard B&w. 67 min.
And still more!
All American Co-Ed (1941) 49m. All-girl school Mar Brynn tries to get more pupils and publicity by making fun of the Quincton college. With Frances Langford, Johnny Downs, Harry Langdon.
Bing Crosby Edsel Show, The (1957) 60m. Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Louis Armstrong, Rosemary Clooney and the all new Edsel car unveiled to the public for the first time.
Bing Crosby Oldsmobile Show (1959) 60m. Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee in another all-star TV special.
Bing Crosby Timex Special 60m. Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Mitzi Gaynor. Music variety special.
Breakfast in Hollywood (1946) 90m. Tom Brenneman, Bonita Granville, Beulah Bondi. Film version of popular radio show that had a live audience.
Calendar Girl (1947) 80m. Jane Frazee, William Marshall, James Ellison. Songwriter opposes his girlfriend becoming artist's model.
Career Girl (1944) 67m. Frances Langford. Joan Terry, a girl from the country wants to become a Broadway Star, but this proves to be not so easy.
Delightfully Dangerous (1945) 91m. Jane Powell, Ralph Bellamy, Constance Moore. Girl dreams of singing career while older sister is a stage star.
Fiesta (1943) Antonio Moreno, Armida, Anne Ayars in 45 min. color featurette from Hal Roach Studio. Plus 3 two-reel musicals: the first 3-strip Technicolor film La Cucaracha (1934), Lillian Roth musical short Masks and Memories (1934) and Ruth Etting in Melody in May (1936).
Hats Off (1936) 61m. Mae Clarke, John Payne. Rival press agents Jimmy Maxwell and Jo Allen have both been assigned to stir up publicity for separate exhibitions at the 1936 Texas Centennial.
I Dream of Jeanie (1952) Color, 90m. Bill Shirley, Ray Middleton, Muriel Lawrence. Bio of song writer Stephen Foster.
Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (1937) 87m. Phil Regan, Leo Carrillo, Ann Dvorak. Gangsters take control of a record company and use toughguy tactics on unwilling performers. With Gene Autry, Ted Lewis, Cab Calloway and other musical guests.
Meet the Boy Friend (1937) 54m. Robert Paige, Carol Hughes. A heartthrob singer known as "America's Boyfriend" decides to wed a Swedish actress. His manager doesn't want this because he is afraid of Tony losing female fans so he takes up a $300k insurance policy if Tony does in fact wed.
Minstrel Man, The (1944) 64m. Benny Fields, Gladys George, Roscoe Karns. Story of performer in a minstrel show.
Rhythm in the Clouds. 53m. Patricia Ellis, Warren Hull. Struggling songwriter moves into apartment when owner away.
Sunny (1941) 96m. Anna Neagle, Ray Bolger, John Carroll. Circus performer falls in love with wealthy son.
Swing Hostess (1944) 74m. Martha Tilton, Charles Collins, Iris Adrian. Out of work band singer gets back into the business.
Trocadero (1944) 69m. Johnny Downs, Rosemary Lane, Bob Chester band and Ida James perform numerous musical numbers in Hollywood's famous Trocadero night club.