Best Music Movies of 1931

1.

Monkey Business

5.2
7.4/10 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 : Bimbo's Initiation
2.

Bimbo's Initiation

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Bimbo finds himself surrounded by a mysterious group of robed figures who invite him to become a member of their secret organisation. When he refuses, they fling him through a nightmarish sequence of terror and torture devices. Will our hapless hero make it out alive?

Starring: Billy Murray, Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer, Grim Natwick
Release date: 1931-07-24
Best Music Movies of 1931 : The Smiling Lieutenant
3.

The Smiling Lieutenant

3.7
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
4.

Palmy Days

3.5
7.0/10 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 : Nine O'clock Folks
5.

Nine O'clock Folks

2.7
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
6.

The Barnyard Broadcast

2.7
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
Best Music Movies of 1931 : Local Boy Makes Good
7.

Local Boy Makes Good

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

John is a timid student who works at the University Book Store. He is studying to be a botanist and has a secret crush on the lovely Julia. One day, one of his letters gets accidentally mailed and Julia receives it. When the letter says that he is a fraternity man and a big track star, Julia rushes right over to see him. But John is neither and Spike, Julia's boyfriend, is a track star at a nearby College. John does not want to enter the track meet so Julia tries to use psychology on him. That and a good wrestling hold makes John timidly agree to enter the race, but Spike still scares him.

Starring: Joe E. Brown, Dorothy Lee, Ruth Hall, Edward Woods, Edward Nugent, Wade Boteler, John Harrington, William Burress, Curtis Benton, Maude Eburne ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1931-11-27
Best Music Movies of 1931 : I Surrender Dear
8.

I Surrender Dear

2.6
5.5/10 IMDB

A short musical comedic romance starring Bing Crosby as ... Bing Crosby. This 2 reel short was directed by Mack Sennett.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Arthur Stone, Marion Sayers, Julia Griffith, Luis Alberni ..
Directed by: Mack Sennett
Release date: 1931-09-13
9.

In My Merry Oldsmobile

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A lady is rescued from a villain by a heroic young man, who then takes her for a spin in his Oldsmobile.

Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1931-04-14
Best Music Movies of 1931 : Flying High
10.

Flying High

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

An inventor and his lanky girlfriend set an altitude record in his winged contraption.

Starring: Bert Lahr, Charlotte Greenwood, Pat O’Brien, Kathryn Crawford, Charles Winninger, Hedda Hopper, Guy Kibbee, Herbert Braggiotti, Gus Arnheim, Loretta Andrews ..
Directed by: Charles Reisner
Release date: 1931-11-14
Best Music Movies of 1931 : The Delivery Boy
11.

The Delivery Boy

2.5
6.1/10 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.

Starring: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner ..
Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1931-06-12
12.

Old Man Blues

2.5
6.4/10 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
Best Music Movies of 1931 : Kiss Me Again
13.

Kiss Me Again

2.5
5.5/10 IMDB

An officer of the French Military is in love with a shop girl, but his aristocratic father wants him to marry in his class and convinces the girl that marriage would be a mistake. The officer goes off to war and she becomes an opera star.

Starring: Bernice Claire, Edward Everett Horton, Walter Pidgeon, June Collyer, Frank McHugh, Claude Gillingwater, Judith Vosselli, Albert Gran, Max Barwyn, Lionel Belmore ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1931-02-23
Best Music Movies of 1931 : The Bum Bandit
14.

The Bum Bandit

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Masked bandit Bimbo holds up a train carrying someone tougher… Betty Boop (with dog's ears), played by a different, deeper-voiced actress.

Starring: Harriet Lee ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1931-04-03
Best Music Movies of 1931 : Kitty from Kansas City
15.

Kitty from Kansas City

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

Sun bonneted Betty Boop takes a train to "Rudy Valley" where she gains weight and Rudy Vallee performs the title song with Bouncing Ball.

Starring: Rudy Vallee, Ann Little, Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1931-11-01
Best Music Movies of 1931 : Blue Rhythm
16.

Blue Rhythm

2.4
5.9/10 IMDB

Mickey plays a bluesy tune on a piano on a stage. Minnie sings. Then an unseen band plays while both sing and dance. Mickey then leads the 9-piece band in an uptempo number, with Pluto on trombone, Horace on percussion, and Clarabelle on bass, among others. Mickey steps out for a clarinet solo.

Starring: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner, Purv Pullen, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1931-08-17
Best Music Movies of 1931 : One More Time
17.

One More Time

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

Cop Foxy is trying to enforce the law in town, but dangerous drivers and gangsters who also kidnap his sweetheart are making this difficult.

Starring: Carman Maxwell ..
Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1931-10-03
Best Music Movies of 1931 : Sally in Our Alley
18.

Sally in Our Alley

2.4
6.2/10 IMDB

A woman believes her boyfriend died in the First World War, but he is now looking for her

Starring: Gracie Fields, Ian Hunter, Florence Desmond, Ivor Barnard, Fred Groves, Gibb McLaughlin, Ben Field, Barbara Gott, Renée Macready, Helen Ferrers ..
Directed by: Maurice Elvey
Release date: 1931-07-09
Best Music Movies of 1931 : Lady, Play Your Mandolin!
19.

Lady, Play Your Mandolin!

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

In this first Merrie Melodie short, things are hopping at a certain Mexican café. And then Foxy walks in and the customers go really wild.

Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1931-09-01
Best Music Movies of 1931 : You Don't Know What You're Doin'!
20.

You Don't Know What You're Doin'!

2.2
5.5/10 IMDB

Piggy picks up his girlfriend and takes her to a theater where a hot jazz orchestra is playing.

Starring: Orlando "Slim" Martin, Rudolf Ising ..
Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1931-10-21
Best Music Movies of 1931 : The Animal Fair
21.

The Animal Fair

2.2
4.6/10 IMDB

An ordinary fair, but run by animals.

Directed by: Mannie Davis, John Foster
Release date: 1931-01-31
Best Music Movies of 1931 : The Cuban Love Song
22.

The Cuban Love Song

2.2
5.5/10 IMDB

A guilt-ridden U.S. Marine returns to Cuba to try to find the woman he promised to marry.

Starring: Lawrence Tibbett, Lupe Vélez, Ernest Torrence, Karen Morley, Jimmy Durante, Louise Fazenda, Hale Hamilton, Mathilde Comont, Philip Cooper, Agostino Borgato ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1931-12-05
Best Music Movies of 1931 : Red-Headed Baby
23.

Red-Headed Baby

2.2
5.2/10 IMDB

The old toymaker goes to sleep, and his toys immediately come to life and sing "Red-Headed Baby." A red-haired baby doll begins the song. She's soon joined by her sweetheart, a toy soldier named Napoleon. A spider briefly spoils the fun when he descends upon the toys and grabs the doll. It's up to Napoleon to save her.

Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1931-12-26
Best Music Movies of 1931 : Kiki
24.

Kiki

2.2
5.3/10 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
25.

Somebody Stole My Gal

1.8
3.2/10 IMDB

A boy dog walks down the train tracks singing "I Ain't Got Nobody," with a train coming. He looks at a photo of his girlfriend, and she razzes him. He lies down on the tracks, but the train bypasses the section of tracks that he's lying on! He jumps off a cliff, but a tree saves him. The ball bounces... we see him on the sidewalk, crying, and singing to passersby.

Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1931-03-20
Best Music Movies of 1931 : I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
26.

I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now

1.6
3.2/10 IMDB

White boy and girl cats spoon at a desk. A black boy cat comes to call. She sends him away, but he tries to lure her with catnip on the end of a line. White "daddy" cat holds her back, and the black boy cat walks home. The ball bounces over lava lamp-like shapes. Cats dance on top of a wooden fence, then on the song lyrics. A black boy and girl cat spoon on top of a fence, and in a window.

Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1931-02-14
27.

Radio Racket

1.6
4.3/10 IMDB

The Aesop Sound Fables, while almost forgotten today, produced some of the strangest cartoons during the Depression with dream-like backgrounds, surreal imagery and some of the best cartoon scores.

Directed by: John Foster, Mannie Davis
Release date: 1931-03-01
Best Music Movies of 1931 : City of Song
28.

City of Song

1.6
6.0/10 IMDB

A tourist guide in Naples is taken on by an English woman impressed by his singing, and who regards him as her protege.

Starring: Jan Kiepura, Betty Stockfeld, Hugh Wakefield, Heather Angel, Franz Maldacea, Philip Easton, Miles Malleson ..
Directed by: Carmine Gallone
Release date: 1931-01-09
Best Music Movies of 1931 : I'd Climb the Highest Mountain
29.

I'd Climb the Highest Mountain

1.5
5.0/10 IMDB

After some slapstick mountain climbing, the title song is sung with the Bouncing Ball, then spoofed with humorous images. All animated.

Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1931-03-06
30.

Out of the Blue

1.5
5.9/10 IMDB

Impoverished aristocrat's daughter Tommy Tucker is in love with radio announcer Bill Coverdale, but he is engaged to her more glamorous sister Angela, who he does not love. Seeking escape from this hopeless situation, and her life of genteel poverty, Tommy flees abroad to Biarritz to become a nightclub singer.

Starring: Gene Gerrard, Jessie Matthews, Kay Hammond, Kenneth Kove, Binnie Barnes, Kenneth Kove, David Miller, Fred Groves, Averil Haley, Hal Gordon ..
Directed by: Gene Gerrard
Release date: 1931-01-01
31.

Words & Music

1.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Singer Ruth Eton is looking for some new songs to use in her act. Don Hopkins is a songwriter who wants to break into the business, but knows it is difficult to get music publishers to consider new talent. Don sees Ruth having dinner at a night club and asks for her help.

Starring: Ruth Etting, Leo Gorcey, Don Tomkins, Ray Collins, Bernard Gorcey ..
Directed by: Roy Mack
Release date: 1931-11-01
32.

Showgirl's Luck

1.4
5.2/10 IMDB

The story of a crazy film company attempting to make the first 'talkie' in Australia. Two divas compete for the main role.

Starring: Susan Denis, Arthur Tauchert, Arthur Clarke, Fred Bluett, Sadie Bedford, Paul Longuet, George Saunders ..
Directed by: Norman Dawn
Release date: 1931-11-25
Best Music Movies of 1931 : The Darktown Revue
33.

The Darktown Revue

1.4
4.7/10 IMDB

With a series of long takes and frontal camera set-ups, Michaeux provides a record of several cabaret acts, using intertitles to separate the individual numbers. This quietly outrageous film begins with the high-toned Heywood Choir singing "Watermelon time" and concludes with Amon David playing a preacher using heavy blackface. Amon Davus was known as "the Back Biting Comedian, Par Excellence", and his sermon is one of Michaeux's many notable send-ups of the clergy.

Directed by: Oscar Micheaux
Release date: 1931-01-31
34.

He Was Her Man

1.0
4.2/10 IMDB

A dancer is jealous for her lover.

Starring: Gilda Gray, Walter Fenner, Edgar Connor ..
Directed by: Dudley Murphy
Release date: 1931-04-25
35.

By the Beautiful Sea

1.0
4.2/10 IMDB

A boy dog walks down the train tracks singing "I Ain't Got Nobody," with a train coming. He looks at a photo of his girlfriend, and she razzes him. He lies down on the tracks, but the train bypasses the section of tracks that he's lying on! He jumps off a cliff, but a tree saves him. The ball bounces... we see him on the sidewalk, crying, and singing to passersby.

Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1931-01-24
36.

Romany Love

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A musical film directed by Fred Paul

Starring: Esmond Knight, Florence McHugh, Roy Travers, Rita Cave, Rick Barnes ..
Directed by: Fred Paul
Release date: 1931-01-01
37.

Devil Sea

0.0
5.8/10 IMDB

Starring: Ethel Merman, Leslie Stowe ..
Directed by: Mort Blumenstock
Release date: 1931-02-28
38.

Be Like Me

0.0
6.2/10 IMDB

Ethel runs a run down saloon in Nicaragua. Word arrives that the soldiers are pulling out, and most of the American miners and all of the women must ship out on a vessel bound for San Francisco, but her boyfriend has been ordered to remain.

Starring: Ethel Merman, Sidney Easton ..
Directed by: Aubrey Scotto
Release date: 1931-10-24
39.

Roaming

0.0
5.8/10 IMDB

A medicine show singer finds her love.

Starring: Ethel Merman ..
Directed by: Casey Robinson
Release date: 1931-11-28
40.

Morita

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A short musical film directed by Fred Paul.

Starring: Daphne Lennard, Jean Romaine, Claude Russell ..
Directed by: Fred Paul
Release date: 1931-01-01
41.

In a Lotus Garden

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A musical film directed by Fred Paul.

Starring: Roy Galloway, Jocelyn Yeo, H. Agar Lyons, Rita Cave, Jack Barnes ..
Directed by: Fred Paul
Release date: 1931-01-01
42.

Stepping Stones

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A musical film directed by Geoffrey Benstead

Starring: Jade Hales, George Bellamy, Ethel Lodge, Charles Paton, Henderson, Lennox, Celia Bird, Pearl Hay, Alec Alexander, Fred Rains ..
Directed by: Geoffrey Benstead
Release date: 1931-06-01
43.

The Happiness Remedy

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

An itinerant medicine salesman sells joy in bottles with the aid of his band.

Starring: Ted Lewis, Red Nichols, Jack Teagarden ..
Directed by: Ray Cozine
Release date: 1931-02-14
Best Music Movies of 1931 : Sunshine Susie
44.

Sunshine Susie

0.0
6.4/10 IMDB

Sunshine Susie was a remake of the German film The Private Secretary, and retained many of the originals general characteristics. Renete Muller who starred in the original, was again cast as the country girl seeking fame and fortune in the big city. She takes a secretarial job at a bank, and sets about catching the heart of her boss, Herr Hasel (Jack Hulbert).

Starring: Renate Müller, Jack Hulbert, Owen Nares, Morris Harvey, Sybil Grove, Gladys Hamer, Daphne Scorer, Barbara Gott ..
Directed by: Victor Saville
Release date: 1931-12-06
Best Music Movies of 1931 : Blue of the Night
45.

Blue of the Night

0.0
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 : One More Chance
46.

One More Chance

0.0
6.3/10 IMDB

Bing Bangs (Crosby) is a salesman for "Magic" washing machines and his demonstration of the machine at the beginning of the film results in disaster. Crosby later gains a transfer from Hoboken to California and he drives his wife Ethel and her Uncle Joe (who dislikes Bing) in an open car on the journey having many adventures en route. Uncle Joe presses Ethel to divorce Bing and marry a more desirable suitor called Percy Howard. Ethel, Joe and Percy are dining in a California night club when the announcer refers to the sponsor, the Magic Washing Machine Company and introduces their singer. It is Crosby and he sings "Just One More Chance" and he and Ethel reunite.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Arthur Stone, Patsy O'Leary, Matty Kemp, George Gray, Alice Adair, Kalla Pasha ..
Directed by: Mack Sennett
Release date: 1931-11-15
47.

Ship Ahoy

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Two sailors get romantically involved with a mother and daughter.

Starring: Jack White, Clarence Nordstrom, Hazel Sperling, Esther Howard ..
Release date: 1931-03-01

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