Best Music Movies of 1930
Show Girl in Hollywood
Broadway actress leaves New York to become a star in Hollywood, and succeeds despite sleazy directors and her own ego.
Paramount on Parade
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.
The Life of the Party
Two gold diggers (Winnie Lightner, Irene Delroy) try a French dressmaker, two Mr. Smiths and Havana.
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.
The Happy Hottentots
Two desperate singers take a job as the singing act in a movie theater between shows. They soon regret their decision.
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.
Young Man of Manhattan
Two flappers try to get their newspaper reporter boyfriends to pay attention to them.
A Lady's Morals
Romantic biography of Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind and her famous affairs.
The Dogway Melody
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.
Two Hearts in Waltz Time
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.