Best Music Movies of 1928

1.

Steamboat Willie

4.6
7.5/10 IMDB

Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on deck.

Starring: Walt Disney ..
Directed by: Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks
Release date: 1928-11-18
Best Music Movies of 1928 : The Singing Fool
2.

The Singing Fool

3.1
6.3/10 IMDB

After years of hopeful struggle, Al Stone (Jolson) is on his way. "I'm Sittin' on Top of the World", he sings to an appreciative speakeasy crowd. But, as Al discovers, getting there is one thing. Staying there is another. Singing waiter Stone gets his huge break on a magical night when his song wows a big-time producer and a gold-digging showgirl he fancies. Broadway success and marriage follow, but sure enough, hard times are on the way. Al's fickle wife abandons him, taking the beloved son he calls Sonny Boy with her. Heartbroken, Al becomes a devastated loner until friends from the speakeasy that launched his career rescue him from a life on the streets. Soon, Al is back in lights. But another crisis awaits: Sonny Boy is in the hospital and dying....

Starring: Al Jolson, Betty Bronson, Josephine Dunn, Arthur Housman, Reed Howes, Davey Lee, Edward Martindel, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Helen Lynch, Agnes Franey ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1928-09-19
Best Music Movies of 1928 : Moulin Rouge
3.

Moulin Rouge

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

An odd and tightly directed tale of a singer/dancer at the Moulin Rouge, who meets her daughter's fiance, only to have him fall obsessively in love with her and she with him. Alienation, betrayal and near tragedy result.

Starring: Olga Tschechowa, Eve Gray, Jean Bradin, Georges Tréville, Marcel Vibert, Blanche Bernis, Ellen Pollock, Ray Milland ..
Directed by: E.A. Dupont
Release date: 1928-03-21
Best Music Movies of 1928 : The Beau Brummels
4.

The Beau Brummels

2.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Vaudeville team Shaw & Lee sing songs and tell jokes in hilarious deadpan.

Starring: Al Shaw, Sam Lee ..
Directed by: Al Shaw, Sam Lee
Release date: 1928-09-22
Best Music Movies of 1928 : Cut Yourself a Piece of Cake
5.

Cut Yourself a Piece of Cake

2.2
5.2/10 IMDB

Val and Ernie Stanton make up the comedy group for this Vitaphone short that was obviously capturing their vaudeville act.

Starring: Val Stanton, Ernie Stanton ..
Release date: 1928-06-29
Best Music Movies of 1928 : A Breath of Broadway
6.

A Breath of Broadway

2.2
5.4/10 IMDB

Jack Waldron performs his stand-up vaudeville act.

Starring: Jack Waldron ..
Release date: 1928-09-04
7.

Hot Water and Vegetabuel

2.1
7.1/10 IMDB

British music hall star Leslie Sarony sings "When You're Up to Your Neck in Hot Water (Think of the Kettle and Sing)" in a short film produced in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.

Starring: Leslie Sarony ..
Directed by: Widgey R. Newman
Release date: 1928-03-18
Best Music Movies of 1928 : A Cycle of Songs
8.

A Cycle of Songs

2.0
5.5/10 IMDB

A cycle of songs performed by the singer Florence Brady.

Starring: Florence Brady ..
Release date: 1928-09-21
9.

The Band Beautiful

1.9
6.7/10 IMDB

The Ingenues perform "Tiger Rag," "Changes," "Mighty Lak' a Rose," "Keep Sweeping the Cobwebs Off the Moon," and "Shaking the Blues Away."

Release date: 1928-10-01
Best Music Movies of 1928 : The Jazzmania Quintette
10.

The Jazzmania Quintette

1.9
6.3/10 IMDB

A musical short featuring George Stoll, Edythe Flynn and The Hot Four.

Starring: Edythe Flynn ..
Release date: 1928-07-05
11.

Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Orchestra

1.8
6.2/10 IMDB

"Gus Arnhein and His Coconut Grove Orchestra" is an agreeable short--and one of the earlier Vitaphone released. While the band is just about totally forgotten today, they had a nice sound and are a nice representative of the era. And, like most Vitaphone films of the day, the camera is mostly stationary and there are no fancy effects--just a straight recording of the act--which included several nice songs.

Starring: Gus Arnheim, Sunny Howard ..
Release date: 1928-07-05
Best Music Movies of 1928 : My Man
12.

My Man

1.7
7.9/10 IMDB

Fannie Brand (Fanny Brice), an industrious girl who supports her brother and sister by working in a theatrical costume house, falls in love with Joe Halsey (Guinn "Big Boy" Williams), a young fellow who earns a precarious living demonstrating an elastic exerciser in a drugstore window. Fannie and Joe set a date to be married, but the wedding is called off when Fannie finds Joe making love to her unprincipled sister, Edna (Edna Murphy). Fannie auditions for Landau (Andrés De Segurola), a theatrical producer, and goes on the Broadway stage. Fannie is a great success, and she and Joe soon find their way back into each other's arms.

Starring: Fanny Brice, Guinn Williams, Edna Murphy, Andrés de Segurola, Richard Tucker, Billy Seay, Arthur Hoyt, Ann Brody, Clarissa Selwynne ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1928-12-15
13.

Earl Burtnett and His Biltmore Hotel Orchestra (IV)

1.7
5.6/10 IMDB

This short was the fourth of four that Earl Burtnett would make at Vitaphone in 1928. As with the previous ones, this here features three songs by Burtnett and his ten-man orchestra.

Starring: Earl Burtnett ..
Release date: 1928-03-30
14.

When East Meets West

1.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Comic cowboy piano player Ray Mayer and blonde singer Edith Evans perform "Henry's Made a Lady out of Lizzie," "It All Belongs to Me," "Sleep, Little One, Sleep" and "Side by Side."

Starring: Ray Mayer, Edith Evans ..
Release date: 1928-08-01
15.

Stories in Song

1.6
5.9/10 IMDB

Veteran Broadway performer Adele Rowland sings four songs in this Vitaphone short.

Starring: Adele Rowland, Mildred Brown ..
Release date: 1928-03-31
Best Music Movies of 1928 : The Ham What Am
16.

The Ham What Am

1.5
5.5/10 IMDB

In this Vitaphone short, Jay C. Flippen performs "Keep Sweeping the Cobwebs Off the Moon" and "Magnolia," as well as a vaudeville comedy routine.

Starring: Jay C. Flippen ..
Release date: 1928-06-30
Best Music Movies of 1928 : Earl Burtnett and His Biltmore Hotel Orchestra (I)
17.

Earl Burtnett and His Biltmore Hotel Orchestra (I)

1.4
5.2/10 IMDB

Vitaphone must have really enjoyed Earl Burtnett because they made four shorts together in 1928 and this here was the first. Burtnett introduces the musical numbers as well as the musician doing the tune and for the most part I thought this was fairly entertaining. "Miss Annabelle Lee" was the final number and probably the highlight of everything but the other numbers are well worth listening to.

Starring: Earl Burtnett ..
Release date: 1928-03-03
Best Music Movies of 1928 : Dick Rich and His Synco-Symphonists
18.

Dick Rich and His Synco-Symphonists

1.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Dick Rich and His Synco-Symphonists play "Chlo-e (Song of the Swamp)", "Lovely Little Silhouette" and "St. Louis Blues".

Starring: Dick Rich, Larry Rich, Cheri Rich ..
Release date: 1928-07-15
19.

The Spirit of 1918

1.4
6.0/10 IMDB

In this early demonstration of the Vitaphone sound system, conductor Herman S. Heller conducts the Vitaphone Symphony Orchestra in the title work. It is basically a medley of patriotic songs from World War I.

Starring: The Vitaphone Symphony Orchestra, Herman Heller ..
Release date: 1928-10-07
Best Music Movies of 1928 : The Morrissey & Miller Night Club Revue
20.

The Morrissey & Miller Night Club Revue

1.3
4.7/10 IMDB

Will Morrissey and Midgie Miller get top-billing here but we also have Sammy Cantor, Charlotte DeLovelace, Harry Downing and Vina and Arthur on the bill. This here is pretty much a condensed version of what one would see at the Morrissey and Miller club.

Starring: Will Morrissey, Midgie Miller, Harry Downing, Charlotte DeLovelace, Vina and Arthur, Sam Cantor ..
Directed by: Bryan Foy
Release date: 1928-05-18
Best Music Movies of 1928 : Songs and Impressions
21.

Songs and Impressions

1.3
4.7/10 IMDB

The team of Marlow and Jordan are the talents here as they run through three songs as well as the impressions, which I'm sure you gathered from the title. The Stephen Foster tune "Old Folks at Home" is given a new spin here as it's done by an impression of a 3-year-old, which is somewhat strange to say the least.

Starring: Mary Marlowe, Charles Jordan ..
Release date: 1928-08-24
Best Music Movies of 1928 : Song Impressions
22.

Song Impressions

1.3
4.4/10 IMDB

This three-person act has Jerry Williams doing the piano work while Dora Maughan and Walter Fehl do the "singing." What we basically have is the two doing a comedy act where the dialogue is sung instead of just spoken in a normal way.

Starring: Dora Maughan, Walter Fehl, Jerry Williams ..
Release date: 1928-10-17
Best Music Movies of 1928 : A Colorful Sermon
23.

A Colorful Sermon

0.7
2.7/10 IMDB

The film consists of Bert Swor in black-face pretending to be a black preacher.

Starring: Bert Swor ..
Release date: 1928-05-18
Best Music Movies of 1928 : Harry Wayman and His 'Debutantes'
24.

Harry Wayman and His 'Debutantes'

0.0
5.6/10 IMDB

The 'Debutantes' are an all female orchestra led and directed by Harry Wayman doing some musical and dancing routines, Harrry accompanies with the violin.

Starring: Harry Wayman ..
Release date: 1928-02-04
Best Music Movies of 1928 : Show Folks
25.

Show Folks

0.0
6.0/10 IMDB

Eddie Kehoe is a young vaudeville hoofer who thinks his inability to hit the big time is the fault of stage managers, agents, musicians...everybody but himself. Eddie likes to tell others how good he is, but seldom shows them. Kitty Mayo, an old-time burlesque queen, who is with the McNary Vaudeville Company, advises Eddie to get himself a partner, as his solo abilities can only be stretched so far. He decides to follow her advice and, while in a theatrical supply shop, he sees Rita Carey rehearsing her dancing act that includes a trained duck. Eddie tells Rita he is a good friend of McNary's, and, with him as her partner, her future in show business will be secured. She agrees to join him and Eddie promptly names the act "Eddie Kehoe and Partner". Despite his conceit, Rita likes Eddie, as do others in the troupe, including Cleo a little gold-digger.

Starring: Eddie Quillan, Lina Basquette, Carole Lombard, Robert Armstrong, Crauford Kent, Bessie Barriscale, Richard Tucker, Maurice Black, Joan Bennett ..
Directed by: Paul L. Stein
Release date: 1928-10-20

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