Best Music Movies of 1930

1.

Animal Crackers

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

The well-known explorer and hunter Captain Spaulding has just returned from Africa, and is being welcomed home with a lavish party at the estate of influential society matron Mrs. Rittenhouse when a valuable painting goes missing. The intrepid Captain Spaulding attempts to solve the crime with the help of his silly secretary Horatio Jamison, while sparring with the anarchic Signor Emanuel Ravelli and his nutty sidekick The Professor.

Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Lillian Roth, Margaret Dumont, Louis Sorin, Hal Thompson, Margaret Irving, Kathryn Reece ..
Directed by: Victor Heerman
Release date: 1930-08-28
Best Music Movies of 1930 : The Love Parade
2.

The Love Parade

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

The queen of mythical Sylvania marries a courtier, who finds his new life unsatisfying.

Starring: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Lupino Lane, Lillian Roth, Eugene Pallette, E.H. Calvert, Edgar Norton, Lionel Belmore, Virginia Bruce, Yola d'Avril ..
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1930-01-18
Best Music Movies of 1930 : Monte Carlo
3.

Monte Carlo

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

A countess fleeing her husband mistakes a count for her hairdresser at a Monte Carlo casino.

Starring: Jack Buchanan, Jeanette MacDonald, Claud Allister, Zasu Pitts, Tyler Brooke, John Roche, Lionel Belmore, Albert Conti, Helen Garden, Donald Novis ..
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1930-08-27
Best Music Movies of 1930 : King of Jazz
4.

King of Jazz

3.3
6.7/10 IMDB

Made during the early years of the movie musical, this exuberant revue was one of the most extravagant, eclectic, and technically ambitious Hollywood productions of its day. Starring the bandleader Paul Whiteman, then widely celebrated as the King of Jazz, the film drew from Broadway variety shows to present a spectacular array of sketches, performances by such acts as the Rhythm Boys (featuring a young Bing Crosby), and orchestral numbers—all lavishly staged by veteran theater director John Murray Anderson.

Starring: Paul Whiteman, John Boles, Laura La Plante, Jeanette Loff, Glenn Tryon, William Kent, Slim Summerville, The Rhythm Boys, Kathryn Crawford, Carla Laemmle ..
Directed by: John Murray Anderson
Release date: 1930-04-20
Best Music Movies of 1930 : Show Girl in Hollywood
5.

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
6.

Follow Thru

3.0
6.4/10 IMDB

Lora Moore, the club champion, loses a golf match to a woman from another golf club. Then Jerry Downs, a handsome golf pro, and his goofy friend, Jack Martin, show up. Lora takes him on as her golf teacher to work on her putt. She falls for him, but so do several other women. Meanwhile Angie Howard, Lora's friend, chases after Jack. A lot of silliness ensues.

Starring: Charles Rogers, Nancy Carroll, Jack Haley, Zelma O'Neal, Eugene Pallette, Thelma Todd, Claude King, Kathryn Givney, Geneva Mitchell, Don Tomkins ..
Directed by: Lloyd Corrigan, Laurence Schwab
Release date: 1930-09-26
Best Music Movies of 1930 : Sally
7.

Sally

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

Sally is an orphan who was named by the telephone exchange where she was abandoned as a baby. In the orphanage, she discovered the joy of dancing. Working as a waitress, she serves Blair (Alexander Gray), and they both fall for each other, but Blair is engaged to socialite Marcia. Sally is hired to impersonate a famous Russian dancer named Noskerova, but at that engagement, she is found to be a phoney. Undaunted, she proceeds with her life and has a show on Broadway, but she still thinks of Blair.

Starring: Marilyn Miller, Alexander Gray, Joe E. Brown, T. Roy Barnes, Pert Kelton, Ford Sterling, Maude Turner Gordon, E.J. Ratcliffe, Jack Duffy, Ethel Stone ..
Directed by: John Francis Dillon
Release date: 1930-01-12
Best Music Movies of 1930 : Follow the Leader
8.

Follow the Leader

2.8
5.6/10 IMDB

Ed Wynn, a waiter, tries to get hit employers daughter a start on the stage; Ginger Rogers replaces Ethel Merman when Merman is kidnapped.

Starring: Ed Wynn, Ginger Rogers, Stanley Smith, Lou Holtz, Lida Kane, Ethel Merman, Bobby Watson, Donald Kirke, Holly Hall, Preston Foster ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1930-12-06
9.

Mysterious Mose

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Betty Boop (with dog's ears) can't sleep on a scary night, so she sings the title song and meets the gentleman in question...a surreal version of Bimbo.

Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1930-12-26
Best Music Movies of 1930 : Paramount on Parade
10.

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

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