Best Music Movies of 1931

1.

Monkey Business

4.5
7.5/10
Monkey Business
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
Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
Release date: 1931-09-19
2.

The Smiling Lieutenant

3.9
7.2/10
The Smiling Lieutenant
A misfired flirtation lands a young lieutenant married to a princess instead of the one he loves.
Starring: Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins, Charles Ruggles, George Barbier
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1931-08-01
3.

Kiki

3.1
5.1/10
Kiki
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
Directed by: Sam Taylor
Release date: 1931-03-14
4.

Blue of the Night

2.6
6.8/10
Blue of the Night
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
Directed by: Leslie Pearce
Release date: 1931-09-13
5.

Old Man Blues

2.5
6.7/10
Old Man Blues
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
Directed by: Aubrey Scotto
Release date: 1931-03-19
6.

Lady, Play Your Mandolin!

2.5
5.5/10
Lady, Play Your Mandolin!
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
7.

One More Time

2.3
5.6/10
One More Time
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
8.

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

2.2
5.4/10
You Don't Know What You're Doin'!
Piggy picks up his girlfriend and takes her to a theater where a hot jazz orchestra is playing.
Starring: Orlando "Slim" Martin
Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1931-10-21
9.

Red-Headed Baby

2.2
5.1/10
Red-Headed Baby
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
10.

Sally in Our Alley

1.5
6.5/10
Sally in Our Alley
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
Directed by: Maurice Elvey
Release date: 1931-07-09
11.

Out of the Blue

1.5
6.3/10
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
Directed by: Gene Gerrard
Release date: 1931-01-01
12.

Palmy Days

0.0
6.8/10
Palmy Days
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
Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Release date: 1931-10-03
13.

Romany Love

0.0
0/10
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
14.

Devil Sea

0.0
6.2/10
Devil Sea
Ethel Merman who was one of the biggest stars Broadway ever knew never quite made it in films. Only two of her Broadway roles were done by her on film Anything Goes and Call Me Madam. This short, The Devil Sea was apparently made by her at Paramount's Astoria studio while she was on Broadway with Girl Crazy. That was her breakout show and the one where she introduced I've Got Rhythm.
Starring: Ethel Merman, Leslie Stowe
Directed by: Mort Blumenstock
Release date: 1931-02-28
15.

City of Song

0.0
6.9/10
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
Directed by: Carmine Gallone
Release date: 1931-01-09
16.

Roaming

0.0
0/10
Roaming
A medicine show singer finds her love.
Starring: Ethel Merman
Directed by: Casey Robinson
Release date: 1931-11-28
17.

Showgirl's Luck

0.0
5.9/10
Showgirl's Luck
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
Directed by: Norman Dawn
Release date: 1931-11-25
18.

Morita

0.0
0/10
A short musical film directed by Fred Paul.
Starring: Daphne Lennard, Jean Romaine, Claude Russell
Directed by: Fred Paul
Release date: 1931-01-01
19.

In a Lotus Garden

0.0
0/10
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
20.

Stepping Stones

0.0
0/10
A musical film directed by Geoffrey Benstead
Starring: Jade Hales, George Bellamy, Ethel Lodge, Charles Paton, Henderson
Directed by: Geoffrey Benstead
Release date: 1931-06-01

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