Best Music Movies of 1936


Swing Time

7.5/10 IMDB

Lucky is tricked into missing his own wedding again and has to make $25,000 so her father allows him to marry Margaret. He and business partner Pop go to New York where they run into dancing instructor Penny. She and Lucky form a successful dance partnership, but romance is blighted by his old attachment to Margaret and hers for Ricky Romero.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, Eric Blore, Betty Furness, Georges Metaxa, Dennis O'Keefe, Landers Stevens, Jack Goode ..
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1936-08-27

San Francisco

7.2/10 IMDB

A beautiful singer and a battling priest try to reform a Barbary Coast saloon owner in the days before the big earthquake.

Starring: Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, Jack Holt, Ted Healy, John "Skins" Miller, Nigel De Brulier, John George, Jessie Ralph, Edgar Kennedy ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1936-06-26
Best Music Movies of 1936 : I Love to Singa

I Love to Singa

7.6/10 IMDB

I Love to Singa depicts the story of a young owl who wants to sing jazz, instead of the classical music that his German parents wish him to perform. The plot is a lighthearted tribute to Al Jolson's film The Jazz Singer.

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Tommy Bond, Johnnie Davis, Joe Dougherty, Bernice Hansen, Martha Wentworth ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1936-07-18

Follow the Fleet

7.1/10 IMDB

When the fleet puts in at San Francisco, sailor Bake Baker tries to rekindle the flame with his old dancing partner, Sherry Martin, while Bake's buddy Bilge Smith romances Sherry's sister, Connie. But it's not all smooth sailing—Bake has a habit of losing Sherry's jobs for her and, despite Connie's dreams, Bilge is not ready to settle down.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Harriet Nelson, Astrid Allwyn, Betty Grable, Harry Beresford, Russell Hicks, Brooks Benedict, Ray Mayer ..
Directed by: Mark Sandrich
Release date: 1936-02-20

Show Boat

7.4/10 IMDB

Despite her mother's objections, the naive young daughter of a show boat captain is thrust into the limelight as the company's new leading lady.

Starring: Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Charles Winninger, Paul Robeson, Helen Morgan, Helen Westley, Queenie Smith, Sammy White, Donald Cook, Hattie McDaniel ..
Directed by: James Whale
Release date: 1936-05-17
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor

Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor

7.3/10 IMDB

Two sailors Sindbad and Popeye decide to test themselves in order to prove their supremacy. Popeye is then presented with a series of daunting tasks by Sindbad.

Starring: Lou Fleischer, Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Gus Wickie ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky
Release date: 1936-11-27
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Stowaway


7.1/10 IMDB

Chin-Ching gets lost in Shanghai and is befriended by American playboy Tommy Randall. She falls asleep in his car which winds up on a ship headed for America. Susan Parker, also on the ship, marries Randall to give Chin-Ching a family.

Starring: Shirley Temple, Robert Young, Alice Faye, Eugene Pallette, Helen Westley, Arthur Treacher, Allan Lane, J. Edward Bromberg, Astrid Allwyn, Robert Greig ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1936-12-25
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Poor Little Rich Girl

Poor Little Rich Girl

7.0/10 IMDB

Cossetted and bored, Barbara Barry is finally sent off to school by her busy if doting widowed soap manufacturer father. When her nurse is injured en route, Barbara finds herself alone in town, ending up as part of radio song-and-dance act Dolan and Dolan sponsored by a rival soap company.

Starring: Shirley Temple, Jack Haley, Gloria Stuart, Alice Faye, Michael Whalen, Sara Haden, Jane Darwell, Claude Gillingwater, Paul Stanton, Henry Armetta ..
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Release date: 1936-07-18

Three Smart Girls

6.6/10 IMDB

The three Craig sisters Penny, Kay, and Joan, go to New York to stop their divorced father from marrying gold digger Donna Lyons and re-unite him with their mother.

Starring: Deanna Durbin, Barbara Read, Nan Grey, Charles Winninger, Binnie Barnes, Ray Milland, Nella Walker, Hobart Cavanaugh, John 'Dusty' King, Alice Brady ..
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1936-12-20

The Great Ziegfeld

6.7/10 IMDB

Lavish biography of Flo Ziegfeld, the producer who became Broadway's biggest starmaker.

Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan, Fanny Brice, Virginia Bruce, Reginald Owen, Ray Bolger, Ernest Cossart, Joseph Cawthorn ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1936-04-08

Rose Marie

6.7/10 IMDB

Opera singer, Marie de Flor, seeks out fugitive brother in the Canadian wilderness. During her trek, she meets a Canadian mountie, Sgt. Bruce, who is also searching for her brother. Romance ensues, resulting in several love duets between the two.

Starring: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Reginald Owen, Allan Jones, James Stewart, Alan Mowbray, Gilda Gray, George Regas, Robert Greig, Una O'Connor ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1936-01-31
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Rainbow on the River

Rainbow on the River

6.9/10 IMDB

A young boy is forced to leave his family in the South and move in with relatives he doesn't know in New York.

Starring: Bobby Breen, May Robson, Charles Butterworth, Alan Mowbray, Benita Hume, Henry O'Neill, Louise Beavers, Marilyn Knowlden, Hall Johnson Choir, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson ..
Directed by: Kurt Neumann
Release date: 1936-12-18

Born to Dance

6.6/10 IMDB

Ted meets and falls in love with Nora Paige, an aspiring Broadway dancer who tries out for a show starring Lucy James. After Ted rescues Lucy's pet dog during a public relations campaign on his submarine, Lucy falls for him. Ted is ordered to meet Lucy for a date at a night club, who later sees their picture in the newspaper and no longer wants anything to do with him.

Starring: Eleanor Powell, James Stewart, Virginia Bruce, Una Merkel, Sid Silvers, Frances Langford, Raymond Walburn, Alan Dinehart, Buddy Ebsen, Juanita Quigley ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1936-11-27

Gold Diggers of 1937

6.4/10 IMDB

The partners of stage-producer J.?J. Hobart gamble away the money for his new show. They enlist a gold-digging chorus girl to help get it back by conning an insurance company. But they don’t count on the persistence of insurance man Rosmer Peck and his secretary Norma Perry.

Starring: Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, Victor Moore, Lee Dixon, Osgood Perkins, Charles D. Brown, Rosalind Marquis, Irene Ware, William B. Davidson ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon, Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1936-12-28


7.0/10 IMDB

A dark and stormy night in a drugstore. The druggist mixes a potion and falls asleep. The skull-and-crossbones on the bottle comes to life and drips the potion on the druggist.

Directed by: Hugh Harman
Release date: 1936-01-11
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Pennies from Heaven

Pennies from Heaven

6.5/10 IMDB

Larry Poole, in prison on a false charge, promises an inmate that when he gets out he will look up and help out a family. The family turns out to be a young girl, Patsy Smith, and her elderly grandfather who need lots of help. This delays Larry from following his dream and going to Venice and becoming a gondolier. Instead, he becomes a street singer and, while singing in the street, meets a pretty welfare worker, Susan Sprague. She takes a dim view of Patsy's welfare under the guardianship of Larry and her grandfather and starts proceedings to have Patsy placed in an orphanage.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Madge Evans, Edith Fellows, Louis Armstrong, Donald Meek, John Gallaudet, William Stack, Nana Bryant, Tom Dugan, Nydia Westman ..
Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
Release date: 1936-11-25
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Under Your Spell

Under Your Spell

6.4/10 IMDB

A famous singer, bored with music and fans, goes to live in Mexico. His manager sends a woman to bring him back. They fall in love.

Starring: Lawrence Tibbett, Wendy Barrie, Gregory Ratoff, Arthur Treacher, Jed Prouty, Claudia Coleman, Gregory Gaye, Berton Churchill, Charles Richman, Madge Bellamy ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1936-11-06
Best Music Movies of 1936 : The Black Network

The Black Network

7.3/10 IMDB

The owner of a shoe polish company sponsors a radio show that showcases black performers. Since his wife's father put up the money to be the sponsor, she insists on singing on the show. She goes on after the main star, singer Nina Mae McKinney. The wife sings so badly that the sponsor's customers abandon him. He is forced to shine shoes on street corners, while Nina Mae and her boyfriend win a bet on a daily number and end up on easy street.

Starring: Nina Mae McKinney, Emmett 'Babe' Wallace, Amanda Randolph, Bill 'Basement' Brown, Fayard Nicholas, Harold Nicholas ..
Directed by: Roy Mack
Release date: 1936-04-04
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Public Nuisance No. 1

Public Nuisance No. 1

5.5/10 IMDB

Irresponsible playboy Arthur Rawlings is sent by his uncle to work as a waiter at a hotel in the South of France. Arthur arranges for shop assistant Frances Travers, with whom he has fallen in love, to win a fairground lottery and stay in the hotel as a prize. Complications arise!

Starring: Frances Day, Arthur Riscoe, Muriel Aked, Claude Dampier, Peter Haddon, Sebastian Smith, Robert Nainby, Anthony Holles, Syd Crossley, Syd Walker ..
Directed by: Marcel Varnel
Release date: 1936-02-15
Best Music Movies of 1936 : It's Love Again

It's Love Again

6.3/10 IMDB

Elaine Bradford is a young singer and dancer, looking for her big break. Peter Carlton is a gossip columnist facing a deadline and a blank page. So, Peter invents "Mrs. Smythe-Smythe", a mysterious Englishwoman who spends her days hunting tigers in India, jumping out of airplanes, and generally driving men mad with her beauty. Since no one in London has ever seen Mrs. Smythe-Smythe, Elaine decides to impersonate the lady, in hopes that the publicity will land her the big break she's been looking for.

Starring: Jessie Matthews, Robert Young, Sonnie Hale, Robb Wilton, Sara Allgood, Cyril Wells, Warren Jenkins, David Horne, Athene Seyler, Glennis Lorimer ..
Directed by: Victor Saville
Release date: 1936-05-06

Moonlight Murder

5.9/10 IMDB

An escaped lunatic, a mysterious swami, and various lovers all have designs on a famous opera singer.

Starring: Chester Morris, Madge Evans, Leo Carrillo, Frank McHugh, Benita Hume, Grant Mitchell, Katharine Alexander, J. Carrol Naish, H.B. Warner, Robert McWade ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1936-03-27
Best Music Movies of 1936 : King of Burlesque

King of Burlesque

6.2/10 IMDB

Warner Baxter plays the ambitious producer of a burlesque show who rises to the big time on Broadway. Alice Faye is the loyal burleycue singer who helps make Baxter a success. His head turned by sudden fame, Baxter falls under the spell of a society woman (Mona Barrie) who has theatrical aspirations of her own. She marries Baxter, then convinces him to produce a string of "artistic" plays rather than his extravagant musical revues. The plays are flops, and the woman haughtily divorces Baxter. Faithful Alice Faye, who'd gone to London when her ex-beau was married, returns to the penniless Baxter. She and her burlesque buddies team up to pull Baxter out of his rut and put him on top again.

Starring: Warner Baxter, Alice Faye, Jack Oakie, Mona Barrie, Arline Judge, Dixie Dunbar, Gregory Ratoff, Herbert Mundin, Fats Waller, Nick Long Jr. ..
Directed by: Sidney Lanfield
Release date: 1936-01-03
Best Music Movies of 1936 : New Shoes

New Shoes

5.7/10 IMDB

A love affair blossoms between two pairs of shoes after a couple purchases the shoes.

Starring: Patty Andrews, Laverne Andrews, Maxene Andrews, Billy Bletcher, Mae Questel, Jean Chatburn, Arthur Lake ..
Directed by: Sammy Lee
Release date: 1936-09-05
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Keep Your Seats, Please

Keep Your Seats, Please

6.2/10 IMDB

Despite being on his uppers, George is still prepared to pawn his beloved banjo in order to help his girlfriend save her niece from the orphanage. Help seems to be at hand when George is left a fortune by his old auntie, but unfortunately his inheritance is hidden inside a chair which has already been auctioned off! Can George and his chums track down his rightful due before his grasping solicitor (Alastair Sim, in an early film appearance) snatches the lot? It's hard to say, but he still finds time to perform both the title song and the classic 'When I'm Cleaning Windows'.

Starring: George Formby, Florence Desmond, Gus McNaughton, Alastair Sim, Harry Tate, Enid Stamp-Taylor, Tom Payne, Beatrix Fielden-Kaye, Clifford Heatherley, Binkie Stuart ..
Directed by: Monty Banks
Release date: 1936-08-01
Best Music Movies of 1936 : The King Steps Out

The King Steps Out

6.3/10 IMDB

Princess is destined to marry the Emperor, until her sister steps in.

Starring: Grace Moore, Franchot Tone, Walter Connolly, Raymond Walburn, Elisabeth Risdon, Nana Bryant, Victor Jory, Frieda Inescort, Thurston Hall, Herman Bing ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1936-05-27
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Pigskin Parade

Pigskin Parade

6.1/10 IMDB

Bessie and Winston "Slug" Winters are married coaches whose mission is to whip their college football team into shape. Just in time, they discover a hillbilly farmhand and his sister. But the hillbilly farmhand's ability to throw melons enables him to become their star passing ace.

Starring: Stuart Erwin, Patsy Kelly, Jack Haley, Johnny Downs, Betty Grable, Arline Judge, Dixie Dunbar, Judy Garland, Tony Martin, James V. Kern ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1936-10-23
Best Music Movies of 1936 : The Captain's Kid

The Captain's Kid

5.9/10 IMDB

In this children's adventure, the children of a small town are enthralled by the tales of the town drunk.

Starring: May Robson, Sybil Jason, Guy Kibbee, Jane Bryan, Fred Lawrence, Dick Purcell, Mary Treen, Gus Shy, Maude Allen, Granville Bates ..
Directed by: Nick Grinde
Release date: 1936-11-14
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Dancing Feet

Dancing Feet

6.7/10 IMDB

Peyton Wells (Ben Lyon) rescues Judy Jones (Joan Marsh) from a very dull young man, at a sedate party given for her by her multi-millionaire grandfather Silas P. Jones (Purnell Pratt.) Judy refuses to accompany Peyton on a slumming trip to a cheap dance hall, and Peyton dances with several of the dowagers and tells them that Silas is practically dying of scarlet fever. The guests hastily depart and Joan joins Peyton at the Dreamland Dance Hall. She is mistaken by Jimmy Cassidy (Edward J. Nugent) as one of the hostesses and decides to dance with him as a lark. One thing follows another and Judy gets disinherited and takes a job at the dance hall through Jimmy and his friend Mabel(Isabel Jewell.) Jimmy confides to Judy his ambition to become a dance instructor over the radio and Judy decides to help him but can't get the needed financial backing. She gets Peyton to front the money, promising him she will reconsider his offer of marriage if Jimmy's plan fails.

Starring: Ben Lyon, Joan Marsh, Edward Nugent, Isabel Jewell, James Burke, Purnell Pratt, Vince Barnett, Nick Condos, Herbert Rawlinson, Lillian Harmer ..
Directed by: Joseph Santley
Release date: 1936-01-20
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Land Without Music

Land Without Music

5.7/10 IMDB

Believing real life is an operetta, the citizens of the European country Lucco break into song at every blink of an eye. Since everybody's singing, nobody works, there's no money to pay taxes, and the country faces bankruptcy, leading the ruling princess to declare all music illegal. Enter opera singer Richard Tauber and American journalist Jimmy Durante to save the day and lead the citizens to march on the palace in protest--and in song.

Starring: Jimmy Durante, Richard Tauber, Diana Napier, June Clyde, Derrick De Marney, Edward Rigby, Esme Percy ..
Directed by: Walter Forde
Release date: 1936-10-07
Best Music Movies of 1936 : The Three Mesquiteers

The Three Mesquiteers

6.4/10 IMDB

When a group of World War 1 buddies head west to farmstead, they run into trouble.

Starring: Robert Livingston, Ray Corrigan, Syd Saylor, Kay Hughes, J.P. McGowan, Gene Marvey, John Merton, Al Bridge, Allen Connor, Duke York ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor
Release date: 1936-09-22
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Anything Goes

Anything Goes

6.2/10 IMDB

A young man falls in love with a beautiful blonde. When he sees her being forced onto a luxury liner, he decides to follow and rescue her. However, he discovers that she is an English heiress who ran away from home and is now being returned to England. He also discovers that his boss is on the ship. To avoid discovery, he disguises himself as the gangster accomplice of a minister, who is actually a gangster on the run from the law.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Ethel Merman, Charles Ruggles, Ida Lupino, Grace Bradley, Arthur Treacher, Robert McWade, Richard Carle, Margaret Dumont, Jerry Tucker ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1936-01-24
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Sing, Baby, Sing

Sing, Baby, Sing

5.8/10 IMDB

The "Caliban-Ariel" romance of fiftysomething John Barrymore and teenager Elaine Barrie is spoofed in this delightful 20th Century Fox musical. Adolphe Menjou plays the Barrymore counterpart, a loose-living movie star with a penchant for wine, women, and more wine. Alice Faye plays a nightclub singer hungry for publicity. Her agent (Gregory Ratoff) arranges a "romance" between Faye and Menjou. Eventually Faye winds up with Michael Whalen, allowing Menjou to continue his blissful, bibulous bachelorhood. Sing, Baby, Sing represented the feature-film debut of the Ritz Brothers, who are in top form in their specialty numbers--and who are awarded a final curtain call after the "The End" title, just so the audience won't forget them (The same device was used to introduce British actor George Sanders in Fox's Lancer Spy [37]).

Starring: Alice Faye, Adolphe Menjou, Gregory Ratoff, Patsy Kelly, Ted Healy, Michael Whalen, Al Ritz, Jimmy Ritz, Harry Ritz, Montagu Love ..
Directed by: Sidney Lanfield
Release date: 1936-08-21
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

5.7/10 IMDB

A young British woman, tricked into believing she was used during a whirlwind romance, marries a gentle widowed Italian opera star, whose songs she and her first love shared.

Starring: Beniamino Gigli, Joan Gardner, Ivan Brandt, Jeanne Stuart, Hugh Wakefield, Charles Carson, Allan Jeayes, Hay Petrie, Sybil Grove, Richard Gofe ..
Directed by: Zoltan Korda
Release date: 1936-12-01
Best Music Movies of 1936 : The Beloved Vagabond

The Beloved Vagabond

5.6/10 IMDB

Flying from one charming lady---eluding another---and almost losing both!

Starring: Maurice Chevalier, Betty Stockfeld, Margaret Lockwood, Desmond Tester, Austin Trevor, Peter Haddon, Charles Carson, Cathleen Nesbitt, Barbara Gott, D.J. Williams ..
Directed by: Curtis Bernhardt
Release date: 1936-08-24
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Song of the Trail

Song of the Trail

5.5/10 IMDB

A cowboy realizes too late that his girlfriend's father had been cheated out of everything in a crooked card game. He sets out to get revenge on the crooks.

Starring: Kermit Maynard, Evelyn Brent, Fuzzy Knight, Andrea Leeds, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Lynette London, Wheeler Oakman, Lee Shumway, Roger Williams, Charles McMurphy ..
Directed by: Russell Hopton
Release date: 1936-03-15
Best Music Movies of 1936 : The Big Broadcast of 1937

The Big Broadcast of 1937

6.0/10 IMDB

A cream-of-the-crop gathering of 1930's radio stars, who lend themselves to a storyline about a failing radio station which needs to put on a huge ratings winner to have any chance of continued operation. An interesting mixture of the stars whose fame continued to grow, those who became bit players in show business history, and those who have been forgotten entirely, except at the Internet Movie Database of course!

Starring: Jack Benny, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Martha Raye, Shirley Ross, Ray Milland, Frank Forest, Benny Fields, Sam Hearn, Stan Kavanaugh ..
Directed by: Mitchell Leisen
Release date: 1936-10-05
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Every Sunday

Every Sunday

6.7/10 IMDB

Edna's grandfather is a conductor of a small orchestra that gives concerts in the park every Sunday. Because of lack of audience the city officials want to cancel these concerts. To stop this from happening, Judy and Edna gather a crowd the following Sunday; and to keep its attention, they themselves perform with the orchestra. Edna sings an aria and Judy sings 'Americana'.

Starring: Judy Garland, Deanna Durbin, Jack Lindquist, Clem Bevans, Jules Cowles, Paul Irving, Wright Kramer, Thomas Pogue, Richard Powell, Kathryn Sheldon ..
Directed by: Felix E. Feist
Release date: 1936-11-28
Best Music Movies of 1936 : A Girl's Best Years

A Girl's Best Years

5.4/10 IMDB

A woman reporter is hired by an author-songwriter to help him avoid additional breach-of-promise suits.

Starring: Mary Doran, John Warburton, Barnett Parker, Sheila Terry, Maurice Cass, Harry Earles, Clarence Kolb, Esther Muir, Forbes Murray ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1936-12-25

Swing It

5.8/10 IMDB

Louis Prima, between song numbers, tells how he happened to get a job in a Hollywood cafe playing music while a couple, unrelated to anything else, play a slot machine in the background. This short was reissued in 1944 and again in 1952. Lucille Ball has a bit part. Song numbers include; "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans", "Up a Lazy River", "Dinah","Basin Street Blues" and "Johnny Get Your Gun."

Starring: Louis Prima, Lucille Ball, Pee Wee Russell ..
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Release date: 1936-06-30
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Dancing Pirate

Dancing Pirate

5.0/10 IMDB

Jonathan Pride is a mild-mannered dance instructor in 1820 Boston. En route to visit relatives, Jonathan is shanghaied by a band of zany pirates and forced to work as a galley boy. When the pirate vessel arrives at the port of Las Palomas, Jonathan, clad in buccaneer's garb, makes his escape. Everyone in Las Palomas, including Governor Alcalde (Frank Morgan) and fetching senorita Serafina (Steffi Duna), assumes that Jonathan is the pirate chieftain, leading to a series of typical comic-opera complications.

Starring: Charles Collins, Frank Morgan, Steffi Duna, Luis Alberni, Victor Varconi, Rita Hayworth, Jack La Rue, Alma Real, William V. Mong, Mitchell Lewis ..
Directed by: Lloyd Corrigan
Release date: 1936-05-22
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Rhythmitis


5.7/10 IMDB

A doctor develops pills that make Hal a great tap dancer. Lola Green sees Hal dancing in a drugstore and asks him to join her vaudeville show. Everything is fine until Hal's pills disappear.

Starring: Hal Le Roy, Toby Wing, Frances Hunt, Fred Hillebrand, Hugh Cameron ..
Directed by: Roy Mack
Release date: 1936-06-13
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Hearts Divided

Hearts Divided

6.1/10 IMDB

Napoleon Bonaparte's younger brother, visiting the United States, falls madly in love with a young woman he meets in Baltimore.

Starring: Marion Davies, Dick Powell, Claude Rains, Beulah Bondi, Henry Stephenson, Clara Blandick, Charles Ruggles, Edward Everett Horton, Arthur Treacher, George Irving ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1936-06-20
Best Music Movies of 1936 : The Big Show

The Big Show

5.6/10 IMDB

At the Texas Centennial in Dallas Autry confuses two girls by being himself and his own stunt double. When cowboy star Tom Ford disappears, Wilson gets his double Gene Autry to impersonate him. But Ford owes gangster Rico $10,000 and Rico arrives to collect. He fails to get the money but learns that Autry is an impersonator and now blackmails Wilson and his movie studio. Original version runs 71 minutes, edited version runs 59 minutes.

Starring: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Kay Hughes, Sally Payne, William Newman, Max Terhune, Charles Judels, Champion, Rex King, Mary Russell ..
Directed by: Mack V. Wright
Release date: 1936-11-16
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Cheer Up

Cheer Up

6.0/10 IMDB

An impoverished team of composer and songwriter try to secure financial backing for their new musical, with the assistance of a struggling actress working as a housemaid.

Starring: Stanley Lupino, Sally Gray, Roddy Hughes, Gerald Barry, Kenneth Kove, Wyn Weaver, Marjorie Chard, Ernest Sefton, Syd Crossley, Doris Rogers ..
Directed by: Leo Mittler
Release date: 1936-02-01
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Let's Sing Again

Let's Sing Again

5.6/10 IMDB

An orphan (Eight-year-old boy soprano Bobby Breen) gets a chance to sing opera in New York.

Starring: Bobby Breen, Henry Armetta, George Houston, Vivienne Osborne, Grant Withers, Inez Courtney, Lucien Littlefield, Richard Carle, Clay Clement, Ann Doran ..
Directed by: Kurt Neumann
Release date: 1936-05-07
Best Music Movies of 1936 : The Gay Desperado

The Gay Desperado

6.2/10 IMDB

Opera singer Chivo is currently playing a singing cowboy, and Mexican bandito Braganza kidnaps him (along with Jane, an heiress) so he can learn to become more like the American movie gangsters he admires.

Starring: Nino Martini, Ida Lupino, Leo Carrillo, Harold Huber, James Blakeley, Stanley Fields, Mischa Auer, Adrian Rosley, Paul Hurst, Al Ernest Garcia ..
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
Release date: 1936-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Deep South

Deep South

6.0/10 IMDB

1937 short film nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Short Subject, Two Reel.

Starring: Willie Best, Daisy Bufford, Clarence Muse, Hall Johnson Choir, Jester Hairston, Hattie McDaniel ..
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Release date: 1936-09-20
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Swing Banditry

Swing Banditry

7.3/10 IMDB

A group of musicians is determined to appear on a radio program.

Starring: George Stoll, Maurice Cass, Virginia Dale, Franklin Pangborn ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1936-09-09

Red Nichols & His World Famous Pennies

6.2/10 IMDB

In this Vitaphone Melody Masters short, Red Nichols and his band entertain the viewer with a selection of pop songs.

Starring: Red Nichols, Bob Carter ..
Directed by: Joseph Henabery
Release date: 1936-01-04
Best Music Movies of 1936 : Ball at Savoy

Ball at Savoy

7.0/10 IMDB

A British diplomat falls in love with a famous singer when he meets her in Cannes.

Starring: Conrad Nagel, Marta Labarr, Lu Ann Meredith, Fred Conyngham, Aubrey Mather, Fred Duprez, Bela Mila, Dino Galvani, Monti DeLyle, Esther Kiss ..
Directed by: Victor Hanbury
Release date: 1936-01-09

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