Best Music Movies of 1930

1.

Show Girl in Hollywood

3.0
6.4/10 IMDB

Broadway actress leaves New York to become a star in Hollywood, and succeeds despite sleazy directors and her own ego.

Starring: Alice White, Jack Mulhall, Blanche Sweet, Ford Sterling, John Miljan, Virginia Sale, Lee Shumway, Herman Bing, Noah Beery Jr., Noah Beery ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1930-04-20
Best Music Movies of 1930 : Paramount on Parade
2.

Paramount on Parade

2.8
5.9/10 IMDB

This 1930 film, a collection of songs and sketches showcasing Paramount Studios' contract stars, credits 11 directors (including Dorothy Arzner, Ernst Lubitsch, Victor Schertzinger and Edmund Goulding). The cast features Clara Bow, Gary Cooper, Fredric March, Jean Arthur, William Powell, Maurice Chevalier, Kay Francis, Buddy Rogers, Jack Oakie, Stuart Erwin and Nancy Carroll.

Starring: Maurice Chevalier, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Clara Bow, Evelyn Brent, Clive Brook, Kay Francis, Fredric March, William Powell, Fay Wray ..
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch, Rowland V. Lee, Edmund Goulding, Frank Tuttle, A. Edward Sutherland, Edwin H. Knopf, Dorothy Arzner, Lothar Mendes, Victor Heerman, Victor Schertzinger, Otto Brower
Release date: 1930-04-22
Best Music Movies of 1930 : The Life of the Party
3.

The Life of the Party

2.6
5.7/10 IMDB

Two gold diggers (Winnie Lightner, Irene Delroy) try a French dressmaker, two Mr. Smiths and Havana.

Starring: Winnie Lightner, Irene Delroy, Charles Butterworth, Jack Whiting, Charles Judels, John Davidson, Arthur Hoyt, Bobby Barber, Carrie Daumery, William Irving ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1930-10-25
Best Music Movies of 1930 : Playing Around
4.

Playing Around

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

New York girl has a dull boyfriend and seems destined for a dull marriage when she meets a rich playboy who has money to burn and places to go.

Starring: Alice White, Chester Morris, William Bakewell, Richard Carlyle, Marion Byron, Maurice Black, Lionel Belmore, Shep Camp, Ann Brody, Nellie V. Nichols ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1930-01-19
5.

The Happy Hottentots

2.5
5.4/10 IMDB

Two desperate singers take a job as the singing act in a movie theater between shows. They soon regret their decision.

Starring: Joe Frisco, Bob Callahan, Billy Gilbert, Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian, Gus Leonard ..
Directed by: Bryan Foy
Release date: 1930-04-22
Best Music Movies of 1930 : Dixiana
6.

Dixiana

2.5
5.3/10 IMDB

The film tells the story of a circus performer who falls in love with the son of a plantation owner in antebellum New Orleans. When the young man's stepmother objects to the wedding, the young couple has to decide if they can make their relationship work.

Starring: Bebe Daniels, Everett Marshall, Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Joseph Cawthorn, Jobyna Howland, Dorothy Lee, Ralf Harolde, Bill Robinson, Eddy Chandler ..
Directed by: Luther Reed
Release date: 1930-08-01
Best Music Movies of 1930 : Young Man of Manhattan
7.

Young Man of Manhattan

2.4
6.3/10 IMDB

Two flappers try to get their newspaper reporter boyfriends to pay attention to them.

Starring: Claudette Colbert, Norman Foster, Ginger Rogers, Charles Ruggles, Leslie Austin, H. Dudley Hawley ..
Directed by: Monta Bell
Release date: 1930-05-17
Best Music Movies of 1930 : A Lady's Morals
8.

A Lady's Morals

2.3
5.4/10 IMDB

Romantic biography of Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind and her famous affairs.

Starring: Grace Moore, Reginald Denny, Wallace Beery, Jobyna Howland, Gus Shy, Gilbert Emery, George F. Marion ..
Directed by: Sidney Franklin
Release date: 1930-11-08
Best Music Movies of 1930 : The Dogway Melody
9.

The Dogway Melody

2.2
6.0/10 IMDB

An all-dog cast (with human voiceovers) recreates famous scenes from early musical films, particularly The Broadway Melody. The finale is a chorus line of dogs performing "Singing in the Rain" spoofing Cliff Edwards' original version of the song in The Hollywood Revue of 1929. Also spoofed is Al Jolson's performance of "Mammy" in The Jazz Singer.

Starring: Zion Myers, Jules White ..
Directed by: Zion Myers, Jules White
Release date: 1930-12-20
Best Music Movies of 1930 : Two Hearts in Waltz Time
10.

Two Hearts in Waltz Time

1.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Nicki and Vicki, two librettists who also happen to be brothers, are presently in collaboration with composer Toni. All too aware of Toni's amorous escapades, Nicki and Vicki try to keep the existence of their pretty sister Hedi a secret. Suffering from an acute case of writers' block (he has yet to find an inspiration for his next production), Toni throws a huge party, which is boycotted by his friends and associates so that he'll keep his mind on his work.

Starring: Walter Janssen, Oskar Karlweis, Irene Eisinger, S.Z. Sakall, Karl Etlinger, Paul Hörbiger, Tibor Halmay, August Vockau, Gert Bloem, Willi Forst ..
Directed by: Géza von Bolváry
Release date: 1930-03-12

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