1940s musical films

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  1. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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

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    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is a 1949 American musical comedy film directed by Tay Garnett and starring Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, and William Bendix.


  2. A Date with Judy

    A Date with Judy (1948)

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    A Date with Judy is a 1948 MGM musical film starring Wallace Beery, Jane Powell, and Elizabeth Taylor. Directed by Richard Thorpe, the movie was based on the radio series of the same name.


  3. A Little Bit of Heaven

    A Little Bit of Heaven (1940)

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    A Little Bit of Heaven is a 1940 musical film starring soprano singer Gloria Jean. The story casts Gloria as a young member of a large Irish working-class family who becomes a singing sensation on a local radio station. The family's new-found wealth causes some discord until the family realizes that their closeness is what they value the most.


  4. A Song for Miss Julie

    A Song for Miss Julie (1945)

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    A Song for Miss Julie is a 1945 American film directed by William Rowland.


  5. A Song Is Born

    A Song Is Born (1948)

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    A Song Is Born (also known as That's Life) is a 1948 Technicolor musical film remake of the 1941 movie Ball of Fire with Gary Cooper, starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo. It was directed by Howard Hawks from an original story by Billy Wilder, produced by Samuel Goldwyn and released by RKO Radio Pictures.


  6. Adventure in Music

    Adventure in Music (1944)

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    Adventure in Music is a 1944 American musical film directed by Reginald Le Borg and Ernst Matray. It stars José Iturbi, Emanuel Feuermann, and Mildred Dilling.


  7. Allá en el Trópico

    Allá en el Trópico (1940)

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    Allá en el trópico (English: Back in the Tropics) is a 1940 Mexican comedy musical film directed by Fernando de Fuentes and starring Tito Guízar, Esther Fernández and Carlos López.


  8. Almost Married

    Almost Married (1942)

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    Almost Married is a 1942 American film starring Jane Frazee.


  9. Anchors Aweigh

    Anchors Aweigh (1945)

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    Anchors Aweigh is a 1945 American Technicolor musical comedy film directed by George Sidney and starring Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, and Gene Kelly, in which two sailors go on a four-day shore leave in Hollywood, accompanied by music and song, meet an aspiring young singer and try to help her get an audition at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In addition to a live-action Kelly dancing with Jerry Mouse the cartoon mouse, the movie also features José Iturbi, Pamela Britton, Dean Stockwell, and Sharon McManus.


  10. And the Angels Sing

    And the Angels Sing (1944)

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    And the Angels Sing (1944) is a classic example of a film musical written to capitalize on the title of a previously popular song; in this case Benny Goodman's 1939 number one hit song, "And the Angels Sing" by Ziggy Elman and Johnny Mercer, and sung by Martha Tilton although the song is not sung in the film. The standout original songs in the musical were It Could Happen To You (song) sung by Dorothy Lamour, which quickly became a pop standard and "His Rocking Horse Ran Away," which became one of Betty Hutton's most popular numbers.


  11. And The Angels Sing

    And The Angels Sing (1968)

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    And the Angels Sing (1944) is a classic example of a film musical written to capitalize on the title of a previously popular song; in this case Benny Goodman's 1939 number one hit song, "And the Angels Sing" by Ziggy Elman and Johnny Mercer, and sung by Martha Tilton although the song is not sung in the film. The standout original songs in the musical were It Could Happen To You (song) sung by Dorothy Lamour, which quickly became a pop standard and His Rocking Horse Ran Away which became one of Betty Hutton's most popular numbers.


  12. Anything for a Song

    Anything for a Song (1943)

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    Anything for a Song (Italian: Ho tanta voglia di cantare) is a 1943 Italian musical film directed by Mario Mattoli and starring Ferruccio Tagliavini.


  13. Atlantic City

    Atlantic City (1944)

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    Atlantic City is a 1944 musical romance directed by Ray McCarey. The film concerns the formative years of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Vaudeville acts are re-created in the story of how Atlantic City became a famous resort. The supporting cast features Louis Armstrong and Dorothy Dandridge. The film was reissued in 1950 under the title Atlantic City Honeymoon.


  14. Babes on Broadway

    Babes on Broadway (1941)

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    Babes on Broadway is a 1941 musical film starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland and directed by Busby Berkeley, with Vincente Minnelli directing Garland's big solo numbers. The film, which features Fay Bainter and Virginia Weidler, was the third in the "Backyard Musical" series about kids who put on their own show, following Babes in Arms (1939) and Strike Up the Band (1940). Songs in the film include "Babes on Broadway" by Burton Lane (music) and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg (lyrics), and "How About You?" by Lane with lyrics by Ralph Freed, the brother of producer Arthur Freed. The movie ends with a minstrel show performed by the main cast in blackface.


  15. Barber of Seville

    Barber of Seville (1947)

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    The Barber of Seville (Italian:Il barbiere di Siviglia) is a 1947 Italian opera film directed by Mario Costa and starring Ferruccio Tagliavini, Tito Gobbi and Nelly Corradi. It is an adaptation of Gioachino Rossini's 1816 opera The Barber of Seville.


  16. Bathing Beauty

    Bathing Beauty (1944)

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    Bathing Beauty is a 1944 musical starring Red Skelton, Basil Rathbone and Esther Williams and directed by George Sidney.


  17. Beat the Band

    Beat the Band (1947)

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    Beat the Band is a 1947 American musical film directed by John H. Auer and written by Lawrence Kimble, Clarence Kimble and Arthur A. Ross. The film stars Frances Langford, Ralph Edwards, Phillip Terry, Gene Krupa and June Clayworth. The film was released on February 19, 1947, by RKO Pictures.


  18. Beautiful But Broke

    Beautiful But Broke (1944)

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    Beautiful But Broke (1944) is an American musical comedy film starring Joan Davis and Jane Frazee.


  19. Beauty and the Beach

    Beauty and the Beach (1941)

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    Beauty and the Beach is a 1941 American short musical film directed by Leslie M. Roush. It was nominated for an Academy Award at the 14th Academy Awards for Best Short Subject (One-Reel).


  20. Bees in Paradise

    Bees in Paradise (1944)

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    Bees in Paradise is a 1944 British musical comedy film directed by Val Guest and starring Arthur Askey, Anne Shelton and Peter Graves. It was produced by Edward Black at Gainsborough Pictures.


  21. Before Him All Rome Trembled

    Before Him All Rome Trembled (1946)

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    Before Him All Rome Trembled (Italian:Avanti a lui tremava tutta Roma) is a 1946 Italian musical drama film directed by Carmine Gallone and starring Anna Magnani, Tito Gobbi and Hans Hinrich. Ado and Marco are a pair of opera singers, who moonlight working for the Italian resistance at the time of the German occupation of Rome during the Second World War. They are sheltering a British soldier with whom they make contact with the advancing Allied forces. Sylistically the film is a hybrid between filmed performances of opera, and a neorealistic resistance melodrama.


  22. Berlim na Batucada

    Berlim na Batucada (1944)

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    Berlin to the Samba Beat (Portuguese:Berlim na Batucada) is a 1944 Brazilian musical comedy film directed by Luiz de Barros. The film was in the popular tradition of chanchadas, featuring stars of the musical stage. It was made by the Rio de Janiero-based Cinédia studio. It was a follow-up to the hit Samba in Berlin (1944) which made fun of Brazil's World War II enemy Nazi Germany.


  23. Best Foot Forward

    Best Foot Forward (1943)

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    Best Foot Forward is a 1943 American musical film adapted from the 1941 Broadway musical comedy of the same title. The film was released by MGM, directed by Edward Buzzell, and starred Lucille Ball, William Gaxton, Virginia Weidler, Chill Wills, June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven, and Nancy Walker.


  24. Big Timers

    Big Timers (1945)

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    Big Timers is a 1945 American musical comedy film directed by Bud Pollard.


  25. Birth of the Blues

    Birth of the Blues (1941)

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    Birth of the Blues is a 1941 American musical film directed by Victor Schertzinger and starring Bing Crosby, Mary Martin and Brian Donlevy. The plot loosely follows the origins and breakthrough success of the Original Dixieland Jass Band in New Orleans. It was well received by critics on its release. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score.


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