Best Music Movies of 1934

1.

The Gay Divorcee

4.0
7.5/10

Guy Holden falls for Mimi Glossop without knowing she's married. She's trying to get a divorce, so her dizzy aunt and incompetent lawyer hire a professional correspondent to pose as her lover. When Guy unknowingly gives Mimi the code phrase, she then thinks he's the faux beau—and she confuses his genuine interest for part of the act.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes
Directed by: Mark Sandrich
Release date: 1934-10-12
2.

The Merry Widow

3.8
7.2/10
The Merry Widow
A prince from a small kingdom courts a wealthy widow to keep her money in the country.
Starring: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Edward Everett Horton, Una Merkel, George Barbier
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1934-11-02
3.

Babes in Toyland

3.7
7.3/10

Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try to borrow money from their employer, the toymaker, to pay off the mortgage on Mother Peep's shoe and keep it and Little Bo Peep from the clutches of the evil Barnaby. When that fails, they trick Barnaby into marrying Stanley Dum instead of Bo Peep. Enraged, Barnaby unleashes the bogeymen from their caverns to destroy Toyland.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlotte Henry, Felix Knight, Henry Brandon
Directed by: Gus Meins, Charley Rogers
Release date: 1934-12-14
4.

Bright Eyes

3.6
7.3/10

An orphaned girl is taken in by a snobbish family at the insistence of their rich, crotchety uncle, even as her devoted aviator godfather fights for custody.

Starring: Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Jane Darwell, Judith Allen, Lois Wilson
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1934-12-28
5.

Donald Duck: The Wise Little Hen

3.6
7.2/10
Donald Duck: The Wise Little Hen
Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies cartoon. This cartoon, based on the fairy tale The Little Red Hen. This cartoon marked the debut of Donald Duck. Donald and his friend Peter Pig try to avoid work by faking stomach aches until Mrs. Hen teaches them the value of labor.
Starring: Florence Gill, Clarence Nash
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1934-06-08
6.

Dames

3.4
7.1/10

A reformer's daughter wins the lead in a scandalous Broadway show.

Starring: Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Zasu Pitts, Guy Kibbee
Directed by: Ray Enright, Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1934-09-01
7.

Cockeyed Cavaliers

3.3
6.6/10
Cockeyed Cavaliers
Two yokels try to crash royal society by posing as the King's physicians.
Starring: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Thelma Todd, Dorothy Lee, Noah Beery
Directed by: Mark Sandrich
Release date: 1934-06-29
8.

Kid Millions

3.2
6.7/10
Kid Millions
A musical comedy about a Brooklyn boy who inherits a fortune from his archaeologist father, but has to go to Egypt to claim it.
Starring: Eddie Cantor, Ann Sothern, Ethel Merman, George Murphy, Berton Churchill
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth, Willy Pogany
Release date: 1934-11-10
9.

Waltzes from Vienna

3.1
6.0/10
Waltzes from Vienna
The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger.
Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Esmond Knight, Jessie Matthews, Fay Compton, Frank Vosper
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1934-03-15
10.

Twenty Million Sweethearts

3.1
6.4/10
Twenty Million Sweethearts
Unscrupulous agent Pat O'Brien makes singing waiter Dick Powell a big radio star while Ginger Rogers, who has lost her own radio show, helps Powell.
Starring: Pat O’Brien, Dick Powell, Ginger Rogers, The Mills Brothers, Allen Jenkins
Directed by: Ray Enright
Release date: 1934-05-26
11.

We're Not Dressing

2.8
6.2/10
We're Not Dressing
Beautiful high society type Doris Worthington is entertaining guests on her yacht in the Pacific when it hits a reef and sinks. She makes her way to an island with the help of singing sailor Stephen Jones. Her friend Edith, Uncle Hubert, and Princes Michael and Alexander make it to the same island but all prove to be useless in the art of survival. The sailor is the only one with the practical knowhow to survive but Doris and the others snub his leadership offer. That is until he starts a clam bake and wafts the fumes in their starving faces. The group gradually gives into his leadership, the only question now is if Doris will give into his charms.
Starring: Bing Crosby, Carole Lombard, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Ethel Merman
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1934-04-27
12.

The Goddess of Spring

2.7
6.8/10
The Goddess of Spring
The goddess is greeted by dancing flowers and fairies. The devil comes and takes her away to be his queen. She's despondent, as winter settles in above ground. But the devil isn't happy either, and offers anything to make her happy. They reach an agreement: she'll spend six months above ground and six below. Thus we have seasons.
Starring: Kenny Baker, Tudor Williams, Jessica Dragonette
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1934-11-03
13.

George White's Scandals

2.7
6.5/10
George White's Scandals
Opening with a credit line that reads "Entire production conceived, created and directed by George White," a film evolves where the only plot line is a thin backstage romance between Jimmy Martin and Kitty Donnelly in and around a dozen or more sketches, revues, black-outs and singing and dancing turns. Made before the birth of the production code, reviewers of the day found much to object about in the implications of Alice Faye's "Nasty Man" song with the Meglin Kiddies, and the dog action in the "Your Dog Loves My Dog" number by Vallee, Faye, Jimmy Durante and Dixie Dunbar. The geometric dance arrangements used in the Vallee, Durante and Cliff Edwards "Every Day Is Father's Day" was not cause for Busby Berkeley to lose any sleep.
Starring: Rudy Vallee, Jimmy Durante, Alice Faye, Adrienne Ames, Gregory Ratoff
Directed by: Thornton Freeland, Harry Lachman, George White
Release date: 1934-03-15
14.

Betty Boop's Rise to Fame

2.7
6.4/10
Betty Boop's Rise to Fame
A reporter interviews Max Fleischer about his creation, and Betty illustrates with excerpts from three prior cartoons.
Starring: Cab Calloway, Mae Questel, Max Fleischer
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-05-18
15.

One Night of Love

2.5
5.7/10
One Night of Love
Mary Barrett is an aspiring Opera singer who is taken under the wings of a famous operatic maestro, Guilio Monterverdi. After spending endless working hours together and arguing, their relationship develops into love. But, jealousy and misunderstandings prevent Mary and Guilio from acknowledging their true feelings.
Starring: Grace Moore, Tullio Carminati, Lyle Talbot, Mona Barrie, Jessie Ralph
Directed by: Victor Schertzinger
Release date: 1934-09-15
16.

Sweet Adeline

2.5
5.4/10
Sweet Adeline
In 1898, composer Sid Barnett manages to get his sweetheart, Adeline the beer-garden singer, to sing the lead in his new Broadway operetta; this infuriates Elysia, the erstwhile star. But Sid frets as Adeline spends increasing amounts of time with the dashing Major Day.
Starring: Irene Dunne, Donald Woods, Hugh Herbert, Ned Sparks, Joseph Cawthorn
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1934-12-29
17.

Susie's Affairs

2.4
6.1/10
Susie's Affairs
Susie (Grable) and her pals pretend they're society swells.
Starring: Betty Grable, Thelma White, Marion Byron, Gene Sheldon, Arthur Jarrett
Directed by: Archie Gottler
Release date: 1934-06-01
18.

Down to Their Last Yacht

2.4
5.2/10
Down to Their Last Yacht
Left only with their yacht after going broke in the Great Depression, a high-society family sets sail for the South Seas. Screwball comedy, with songs.
Starring: Mary Boland, Polly Moran, Ned Sparks, Sidney Blackmer, Marjorie Gateson
Directed by: Paul Sloane
Release date: 1934-08-31
19.

Hollywood Party

2.4
6.2/10

Jimmy Durante is jungle star Schnarzan the Conqueror, but the public is tiring of his fake lions. So when Baron Munchausen comes to town with real man-eating lions, Durante throws a big party with so that he might use the lions in his next movie. His film rival sneaks into the party to buy the lions before Durante.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jimmy Durante, Jack Pearl, Polly Moran
Directed by: Richard Boleslawski, Allan Dwan, Edmund Goulding, Russell Mack, Charles Reisner, Roy Rowland, George Stevens, Sam Wood
Release date: 1934-06-01
20.

Flirtation Walk

2.4
5.8/10

A Musical-romance with Dick Powell as a private stationed in Hawaii who gets involved with Ruby Keeler, the general's engaged daughter. In order to avoid a scandal, the pair break up, but meet again years later when Powell's at West Point producing the annual play that turns out to star Keeler.

Starring: Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Pat O’Brien, Ross Alexander, John Arledge
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1934-12-01

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