Best Music Movies of 1931


Monkey Business

7.5/10 IMDB

Four stowaways get mixed up with gangsters while running riot on an ocean liner.

Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Rockliffe Fellowes, Harry Woods, Thelma Todd, Ruth Hall, Ben Taggart, The Marx Brothers ..
Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
Release date: 1931-09-19
Best Music Movies of 1931 : The Smiling Lieutenant

The Smiling Lieutenant

7.2/10 IMDB

A simple wink, intended by Austrian palace guard Lt. Nikolaus von Preyn for girlfriend, Franzi, is accidentally intercepted -- and misread -- by the visiting Princess Anna. As a result, the soldier has no choice but to marry the royal lady and move with her to the neighboring kingdom of Flausenthurm. His girlfriend follows to continue the romance and, subversively, give Princess Anna tips on how to keep her husband satisfied.

Starring: Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins, Charles Ruggles, George Barbier, Hugh O'Connell, Cornelius MacSunday, Maude Allen, Granville Bates, Harry C. Bradley ..
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1931-08-01
Best Music Movies of 1931 : Palmy Days

Palmy Days

6.8/10 IMDB

Musical comedy antics in an art deco bakery (motto: "Glorifying the American Doughnut") with Eddie Cantor as an assistant to a phoney psychic, who is mistaken for an efficiency expert and placed in charge. Complications ensue when the psychic and his gang attempt to rub the payroll.

Starring: Eddie Cantor, Charlotte Greenwood, Barbara Weeks, Spencer Charters, Paul Page, Charles Middleton, George Raft, Harry Woods, Loretta Andrews, Busby Berkeley ..
Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Release date: 1931-10-03
Best Music Movies of 1931 : Kiki


5.1/10 IMDB

A young Frenchwoman is determined to get into and stay in show business, no matter what. Then she's determined to win a recently divorced man's heart... again, no matter what.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Reginald Denny, Joseph Cawthorn, Margaret Livingston, Phil Tead, Fred Walton, Edwin Maxwell, Betty Grable ..
Directed by: Sam Taylor
Release date: 1931-03-14
Best Music Movies of 1931 : Nine O'clock Folks

Nine O'clock Folks

5.7/10 IMDB

In this short, multiple acts perform before an audience in a town hall. Performers include The Aaron Sisters singing trio and the Mound City Blue Blowers musicians. Another act features a tap dancer whose shoes have extensions on them that allow him to balance on the ends as one might use stilts. In the finale, an "inebriated" dog in the audience performs tricks. The short's title refers to the curfew in the town.

Starring: Roy Fant, Ed Ford ..
Directed by: Roy Mack
Release date: 1931-04-15
Best Music Movies of 1931 : The Barnyard Broadcast

The Barnyard Broadcast

6.5/10 IMDB

Mickey runs radio station ICU from his barn. His friends play various musical numbers. A cat wanders in and starts yowling (which sets Pluto, who was listing from his doghouse, off). Mickey puts it out, but it, and several kittens, keep coming back in, playing with the equipment, running through the musicians (chased by a broom-wielding Mickey, who does a great deal of damage himself), and generally making a mess of things.

Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1931-10-09

Devil Sea

6.2/10 IMDB

Starring: Ethel Merman, Leslie Stowe ..
Directed by: Mort Blumenstock
Release date: 1931-02-28
Best Music Movies of 1931 : Blue of the Night

Blue of the Night

6.8/10 IMDB

Starring Bing Crosby as himself in a short comedy/romance telling a tale of mistaken identity. Two-reeler; directed by Mack Sennett

Starring: Bing Crosby, Marjorie Kane, Franklin Pangborn, Mary Treen, Toby Wing, Alice Belcher ..
Directed by: Leslie Pearce
Release date: 1931-09-13
Best Music Movies of 1931 : The Delivery Boy

The Delivery Boy

6.2/10 IMDB

Delivery boy Mickey encounters Minnie washing clothes and singing. He stops for a quick song and dance with her. Meanwhile, Pluto gets tangled up in tar. Mickey sends a beehive flying; it lands on his mule, who kicks Mickey's instrument-filled wagon into the air. He plays a march or two on the piano with Minnie, with many animals playing along.

Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1931-06-12

Old Man Blues

6.7/10 IMDB

A woman sundered from her sweetheart sings the title song as a duet with a personified Old Man Blues, in fog-shrouded woodland.

Starring: Ethel Merman, Hal Forde, Hal Young, Hal Young ..
Directed by: Aubrey Scotto
Release date: 1931-03-19

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