Best Music Movies of 1937


Shall We Dance


Ballet star Pete 'Petrov' Peters arranges to cross the Atlantic aboard the same ship as the dancer and musical star he's fallen for but barely knows. By the time the ocean liner reaches New York, a little white lie has churned through the rumour mill and turned into a hot gossip item—that the two celebrities are secretly married.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore, Jerome Cowan
Directed by: Mark Sandrich
Release date: 1937-05-07


Heidi is orphaned and her uncaring maternal Aunt Dete takes her to the mountains to live with her reclusive, grumpy paternal grandfather, Adolph Kramer. Heidi brings her grandfather back into mountain society through her sweet ways and sheer love. When Dete later returns and steals Heidi away to become the companion of a rich man's wheelchair-bound daughter, the grandfather is heartsick to discover his little girl missing and immediately sets out to get her back.
Starring: Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt, Arthur Treacher, Helen Westley, Thomas Beck
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1937-10-15

A Damsel in Distress

A Damsel in Distress
Lady Alyce Marshmorton must marry soon, and the staff of Tottney Castle have laid bets on who she'll choose, with young Albert wagering on "Mr. X." After Alyce goes to London to meet a beau (bumping into dancer Jerry Halliday, instead), she is restricted to the castle to curb her scandalous behavior. Albert then summons Jerry to Alyce's aid in order to "protect his investment."
Starring: Fred Astaire, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Joan Fontaine, Reginald Gardiner
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1937-11-19

Double Or Nothing

Double Or Nothing
In this lively musical, an eccentric philanthropist's will dictates that four people receive $5,000 with the stipulation that the first one who can double the amount-- without dishonesty-- will win a cool million. Hindering the four are the avaricious relatives of the late millionaire. Songs include: "It's On, It's Off," "Double or Nothing," "Listen My Children," "Smarty," "The Moon Got in My Eyes" and "After You."
Starring: Bing Crosby, Martha Raye, Andy Devine, Mary Carlisle, William Frawley
Directed by: Theodore Reed
Release date: 1937-09-17

Broadway Melody of 1938


Steve Raleight wants to produce a show on Broadway. He finds a backer, Herman Whipple and a leading lady, Sally Lee. But Caroline Whipple forces Steve to use a known star, not a newcomer. Sally purchases a horse, she used to train when her parents had a farm before the depression and with to ex-vaudevillians, Sonny Ledford and Peter Trott she trains it to win a race, providing the money Steve needs for his show.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy, Binnie Barnes, Buddy Ebsen
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1937-08-20

MGM Christmas Trailer

In November 1937, Judy Garland sang "Silent Night, Holy Night" with the St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers of Long Beach, California. MGM filmed the event in color for use in their 1937 Christmas trailer. The trailer opens with a shot of a small rural church in the snow, lighted up in the dark of night - a Christmas card effect. The camera then moves inside where we see Judy singing at the front of the choir.
Starring: Judy Garland
Release date: 1937-12-16



An opera star's manager tries to stop her romance with a penniless singer.

Starring: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, John Barrymore, Herman Bing, Tom Brown
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1937-03-26

On The Avenue

On The Avenue
A new Broadway show starring Gary Blake shamelessly lampoons the rich Carraway family. To get her own back, daughter Mimi sets out to ensnare Blake, but the courtship is soon for real, to the annoyance of his co-star, hoofing chanteuese Mona Merrick.
Starring: Dick Powell, Madeleine Carroll, Alice Faye, Al Ritz, Jimmy Ritz
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1937-02-12

Hollywood Hotel

Hollywood Hotel
Ronny Bowers, a saxophonist in Benny Goodman's band has won a talent contest an got a ten week contract with a film studio. On his first evening he is supposed to go with the studio's star Mona Marshall to a movie premiere. But this lady doesn't want to go, so the bosses decide to use for Mona a double, Virginia. When Mona finds out next morning that happened, she insisted to fire her double and Ronny. Ronny finds work as singing waiter in a drive in, and is spotted by a director of the same studio, who wants him to lend his voice for an leading actor in a musical.
Starring: Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane, Lola Lane, Hugh Herbert, Ted Healy
Directed by: Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1937-12-20

Ups and Downs

Ups and Downs
June Daily, daughter of stockbroker J. C. Daily, is engaged to father's assistant Richard Burton, but is enamored of tap-dancing elevator operator Hal Smith. J.C. has a hot tip on stock for the Upsadaisy Elevator Company. When Richard goes out of town, June invites Hal to dinner with J.C. J.C. is no snob, and seizes the opportunity to ask an "expert" about Upsadaisy Elevators. Hal gives them a ringing endorsement, and J.C. buys all the stock he can get. When Richard learns this, he breaks his engagement to June, thinking J.C. has gone broke. But the stock flourishes, and J.C. introduces Hal as his new partner and future son-in-law. Lots of songs and dance in 21 minutes.
Starring: June Allyson, Phil Silvers, Hal Le Roy, Toni Lane, Fred Hillebrand
Directed by: Roy Mack
Release date: 1937-10-09

The Girl Said No

The Girl Said No
Jimmie Allen, a shady bookie, is in love with Pearl Proctor, a greedy dance hall girl. He schemes to get her back after she rejects him; and along the way, he revives a failing Gilbert and Sullivan troupe.
Starring: Robert Armstrong, Irene Hervey, Paula Stone, Edward Brophy, William Danforth
Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
Release date: 1937-09-18



West Point cadet Dick Thorpe falls in love with a girl, who turns out to be a princess from an European kingdom.

Starring: Nelson Eddy, Eleanor Powell, Frank Morgan, Edna May Oliver, Ray Bolger
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1937-12-24

Waikiki Wedding

Waikiki Wedding
Tony Marvin is a laid back but incredibly successful promoter and fair-haired boy for J. P. Todhunter's pineapple company located in beautiful Hawaii. He gets the company to sponsor a contest in which the winner gets a Hawaiian vacation and is obligated to write articles on the islands which, when published, will constitute a publicity coup for the company. Unfortunately, Georgia Smith, the winner, feels lonely and isolated in the Islands and wants to return to the States. With help from buddy Shad Buggle Tony tries to romantically divert Georgia without letting her know his true motivation.
Starring: Bing Crosby, Martha Raye, Shirley Ross, George Barbier, Leif Erickson
Directed by: Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1937-03-23

Thrill of a Lifetime

Thrill of a Lifetime
"Howdy" Nelson believes there is no such think as real love and that romance can be cooked up between any eligible persons (of the opposite sex.) He is so imbued with the idea that he has established a summer camp for that reason,and has written a play on the subject. The Yacht Club Boys visit the camp, misrepresenting themselves as Broadway producers, and the talented guest of the camp put on Nelson's play...which all ends up with a lot of marriage mating; Judy and Skipper, Betty Jane and Stanley and...Gwen and "Howdy,' the guy who was positive there was no such thing as true love.
Starring: Betty Grable, Judy Canova, Ben Blue, Buster Crabbe, Dorothy Lamour
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1937-12-03

Rose of Tralee

Rose of Tralee
An Irish singer heads to America to seek fame and fortune. Once successful he returns home to search for his family.
Starring: Fred Conyngham, Dorothy Dare, Binkie Stuart, Kathleen O'Regan, Talbot O'Farrell
Directed by: Oswald Mitchell
Release date: 1937-04-01

New Faces of 1937

New Faces of 1937
A crooked producer makes money from Broadway flops by selling more than 100% interest to multiple parties. He only fails if it makes a profit.
Starring: Joe Penner, Milton Berle, Harry Parke, Harriet Hilliard, William Brady
Directed by: Leigh Jason
Release date: 1937-07-02


A chorus girl (Anna Neagle) discovers a singer (Arthur Tracy) in the streets and asks her producer to give him a shot at stardom.
Starring: Anna Neagle, Arthur Tracy, Tilly Losch, Jane Winton, Ellis Jeffreys
Directed by: Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1937-06-23

The Lilac Domino

The Lilac Domino
In this musical, an enigmatic masked woman catches the roving eye of a wily playboy gambler at a masquerade ball. If he knew that she was using her wiles as bait and was planning to reform him of his gambling womanizing ways after catching him, he may have head for different waters.
Starring: Michael Bartlett, June Knight, S.Z. Sakall, Athene Seyler, Richard Dolman
Directed by: Frederic Zelnik
Release date: 1937-03-31


Newspaper reporter becomes involved with gang of crooks who take her for a tough American gangster.
Starring: Jessie Matthews, Barry MacKay, Nat Pendleton, Alastair Sim, Olive Blakeney
Directed by: Sonnie Hale
Release date: 1937-08-19

Command Performance

Command Performance
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Starring: Arthur Tracy, Lilli Palmer, Mark Daly, Finlay Currie, Jack Melford
Directed by: Sinclair Hill
Release date: 1937-01-01

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