Best Music Movies of 1939


The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

6.9/10 IMDB

In 1911, minor stage comic, Vernon Castle meets the stage-struck Irene Foote. A few misadventures later, they marry and then abandon comedy to attempt a dancing career together. While they're performing in Paris, an agent sees them rehearse and starts them on their brilliant career as the world's foremost ballroom dancers. However, at the height of their fame, World War I begins.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edna May Oliver, Walter Brennan, Lew Fields, Etienne Girardot, Janet Beecher, Rolfe Sedan, Leonid Kinskey, Robert Strange ..
Directed by: H. C. Potter
Release date: 1939-03-29

At the Circus

6.8/10 IMDB

Jeff Wilson, the owner of a small circus, owes his partner Carter $10,000. Before Jeff can pay, Carter lets his accomplices steal the money, so he can take over the circus. Antonio Pirelli and Punchy, who work at the circus, together with lawyer Loophole try to find the thief and get the money back.

Starring: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kenny Baker, Florence Rice, Eve Arden, Margaret Dumont, Nat Pendleton, Fritz Feld, James Burke ..
Directed by: Edward Buzzell
Release date: 1939-10-20

Babes in Arms

6.3/10 IMDB

Mickey Moran, son of two vaudeville veterans, decides to put up his own vaudeville show with his girlfriend Patsy Barton. But child actress Rosalie wants to make a comeback and replace Patsy both professionally and as Mickey's girl.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger, Guy Kibbee, June Preisser, Margaret Hamilton, Grace Hayes, Betty Jaynes, Douglas McPhail, Rand Brooks ..
Directed by: Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1939-10-10
Best Music Movies of 1939 : First Love

First Love

7.0/10 IMDB

In this reworking of Cinderella, orphaned Connie Harding is sent to live with her rich aunt and uncle after graduating from boarding school. She's hardly received with open arms, especially by her snobby cousin Barbara. When the entire family is invited to a major social ball, Barbara sees to it that Connie is forced to stay home. With the aid of her uncle, who acts as her fairy godfather, Connie makes it to the ball and meets her Prince Charming in Ted Drake, her cousin's boyfriend.

Starring: Deanna Durbin, Robert Stack, Eugene Pallette, Helen Parrish, Lewis Howard, Leatrice Joy, Marcia Mae Jones, June Storey, Frank Jenks, Kathleen Howard ..
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1939-11-10

Philips Cavalcade

6.9/10 IMDB

In this Puppetoon animated short film, a variety of music styles are heard as, in various locations, characters dance or sing.

Directed by: George Pal
Release date: 1939-02-02
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Three Smart Girls Grow Up

Three Smart Girls Grow Up

6.9/10 IMDB

Three sisters who believe life is going to be easy, now that their parents are back together, until one sister falls in love with another's fiancé, and the youngest sister plays matchmaker.

Starring: Deanna Durbin, Charles Winninger, Nan Grey, Helen Parrish, Robert Cummings, William Lundigan, Ernest Cossart, Nella Walker, Felix Bressart, Wade Boteler ..
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1939-03-24
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

6.6/10 IMDB

Nicky Nelson is a fast-talking sideshow barker with a wax-and-alive concession on Atlantic City's boardwalk. Even with the band of his friend, struggling musician Gene Krupa, playing on the sidewalk to attract the customers, "The Living Corpse" and other low-rent acts aren't enough to lure the seen-it-all boardwalk strollers, and the landlord closes the show in lieu of never-paid rent. Nicky, always promoting, goes to Stephen Hanratty, head of the pier's Dance Pavilion, to plug Krupa's band as an attraction, but Hanratty won't even listen to them. But, while there, he meets singer Lily Racquel, who knows he is a phoney but might have the ability to to talk a radio-station manager into giving her an audition. She gives him a ring to help finance the project; he promptly loses it in a crap-game.

Starring: Bob Hope, Shirley Ross, Una Merkel, Gene Krupa, Rufe Davis, Bernard Nedell, Frank Sully, Bernadene Hayes, Richard Denning, Clarence Wilson ..
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1939-05-19
Best Music Movies of 1939 : The Mikado

The Mikado

6.4/10 IMDB

In a small Japanese town, Ko-Ko is appointed to the unenviable position of executioner. Knowing he must successfully perform before the appearance of the Mikado in a month's time, Ko-Ko finds a suitable victim in Nanki-Poo, who is distraught over his unrequited love for the maiden Yum-Yum. Nanki-Poo agrees to sacrifice his life if he is allowed to spend his remaining days with Yum-Yum, who is betrothed to Ko-Ko.

Starring: Martyn Green, Sydney Granville, John Barclay, Kenny Baker, Jean Colin, Gregory Stroud, Constance Willis, Elizabeth Paynter, Kathleen Naylor, Leslie Phillips ..
Directed by: Victor Schertzinger
Release date: 1939-05-01
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Gone to the Dogs

Gone to the Dogs

5.7/10 IMDB

George is a disaster-prone zoo attendant who accidentally discovers a substance that accelerates motion, enabling his greyhound to run faster. This attracts the interest of a gang of criminals, who kidnap George's dog and plan to substitute their own in an important dog race. George and his friends defeat the crooks and their dog wins the race.

Starring: George Wallace, Lois Green, John Dobbie, John Fleeting, Ronald Whelan, Alec Kellaway ..
Directed by: Ken G. Hall
Release date: 1939-08-18
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Man About Town

Man About Town

6.5/10 IMDB

Producer Bob Temple, who's brought an American show to London, loves his star Diana, but she won't take him seriously as a lover. To show her, he picks up stranger Lady Arlington, whose financier husband neglects her. On a weekend at the Arlington country house, Bob is used by both Lady A. and her friend to make their husbands jealous; this works all too well, and Bob is in danger from both husbands.

Starring: Jack Benny, Dorothy Lamour, Edward Arnold, Binnie Barnes, Monty Woolley, Isabel Jeans, Phil Harris, Betty Grable, E.E. Clive, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson ..
Directed by: Mark Sandrich
Release date: 1939-06-29
Best Music Movies of 1939 : They Shall Have Music

They Shall Have Music

6.9/10 IMDB

The future is bleak for a troubled boy from a broken home in the slums. He runs away when his step father breaks his violin, ending up sleeping in the basement of a music school for poor children.

Starring: Jascha Heifetz, Joel McCrea, Andrea Leeds, Gene Reynolds, Walter Brennan, Terry Kilburn, Tommy Kelly, Porter Hall, Walter Tetley, Chuck Stubbs ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1939-08-18
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Mexicali Rose

Mexicali Rose

6.4/10 IMDB

Gene Autry and his sidekick Frog look into a phony oil scam being perpetrated on a mission orphanage.

Starring: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Noah Beery, Luana Walters, William Farnum, William Royle, LeRoy Mason, Wally Albright, Kathryn Frye, Roy Barcroft ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1939-03-26

Let Freedom Ring

6.3/10 IMDB

A Harvard man fights a railroad baron with a disguise and the power of the press.

Starring: Nelson Eddy, Virginia Bruce, Victor McLaglen, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, Charles Butterworth, H.B. Warner, Raymond Walburn, Dick Rich ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1939-02-24
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Trouble Brewing

Trouble Brewing

6.3/10 IMDB

Ealing comedy starring music hall star George Formby. An eager newspaper reporter (Formby) goes undercover to expose a gang of counterfeiters. Posing as a wrestler and waiter in his investigative efforts, George proves a greater menace to public order than the criminals he is chasing.

Starring: George Formby, Googie Withers, Gus McNaughton, Esma Cannon, Garry Marsh, C. Denier Warren, Beatrix Fielden-Kaye, Joss Ambler, Ronald Shiner, Martita Hunt ..
Directed by: Anthony Kimmins
Release date: 1939-03-01
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Paradise in Harlem

Paradise in Harlem

5.0/10 IMDB

It is the story of a comedian Lem Anderson who dreams of playing in Shakespeare scenes but he is applied only role in Harlem Vaudeville. One day he is the witness of a crime and the mobster strongly advised him to leave the town...

Starring: Mamie Smith, Norman Astwood, Edna Mae Harris, Merritt Smith, Frank H. Wilson, Francine Everett, Sidney Easton, Babe Matthews, Lionel Monagas, Madeline Belt ..
Directed by: Joseph Seiden
Release date: 1939-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes

6.2/10 IMDB

An abstract animation by Norman McLaren, who was born in Scotland in 1914. His interest in filmmaking began early in life after he became acquainted with works by the great Russian filmmakers Eisenstein and Pudovkin and the German animator Oskar Fischinger.

Directed by: Norman McLaren
Release date: 1939-11-13
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Naughty But Nice

Naughty But Nice

6.1/10 IMDB

Donald Hardwick (Dick Powell) is a stuffed-shirt, classical music professor. His family and small-town music college that he works are of equal mindset. When Don visits his black-sheep aunt in New York in order to find a buyer for his Rhapsody he is exposed to her shocking swing music crowd. His life begins to make dramatic changes after drinking a "lemonade" that turns out to be a Hurricane.

Starring: Ann Sheridan, Dick Powell, Gale Page, Ronald Reagan, Helen Broderick, Allen Jenkins, Zasu Pitts, Maxie Rosenbloom, Jerry Colonna, Luis Alberni ..
Directed by: Ray Enright
Release date: 1939-06-23
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Quiet, Please

Quiet, Please

5.5/10 IMDB

A temperamental director multiple times completely changes the concept during a movie's production.

Starring: Fritz Feld, Charley Foy, Kathryn Kane, Larry Williams, Tom Kennedy, Frederic Tozere, John Harron, Maggie Hathaway, John Ridgely, Ralph Sanford ..
Directed by: Crane Wilbur
Release date: 1939-07-01
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Artie Shaw's Class in Swing

Artie Shaw's Class in Swing

6.4/10 IMDB

This film is less a typical musical short and more like an educational film. It consists of a narrator describing the music, composition and style of a big band.

Starring: Artie Shaw, Helen Forrest, Buddy Rich ..
Directed by: Leslie M. Roush
Release date: 1939-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Let's Be Famous

Let's Be Famous

5.3/10 IMDB

An Irishman sets out to become famous as a singer on the radio. Due to a mix up he is instead entered as a contestant on a quiz show.

Starring: Jimmy O'Dea, Betty Driver, Sonnie Hale, Basil Radford, Patrick Barr, Milton Rosmer, Lena Brown, Henry Hallett, Garry Marsh, Franklyn Bellamy ..
Directed by: Walter Forde
Release date: 1939-03-22
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Kid Nightingale

Kid Nightingale

5.8/10 IMDB

A waiter becomes a singing prizefighter.

Starring: John Payne, Jane Wyman, Walter Catlett, Edward Brophy, Charles D. Brown, Max Hoffman Jr., John Ridgely, Harry Burns, William Haade, Helen Troy ..
Directed by: George Amy
Release date: 1939-11-03

Broadway Serenade

5.7/10 IMDB

A married singer, pianist/composer team are struggling to hit it big in New York. Finally, they audition before a Broadway producer, but the producer only wants the singer, leaving the husband without a job and feeling a failure.

Starring: Jeanette MacDonald, Lew Ayres, Ian Hunter, Frank Morgan, Wally Vernon, Rita Johnson, Virginia Grey, William Gargan, Katharine Alexander, Al Shean ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1939-04-07
Best Music Movies of 1939 : The Great Victor Herbert

The Great Victor Herbert

6.1/10 IMDB

In his last film assignment, portly Walter Connolly fills the title role (in more ways than one) in The Great Victor Herbert. Very little of Herbert's life story is incorporated in the screenplay (a closing title actually apologizes for the film's paucity of cold hard facts); instead, the writers allow the famed composer's works to speak for themselves. In the tradition of one of his own operettas, Herbert spends most of his time patching up the shaky marriage between tenor John Ramsey (Allan Jones) and Louise Hall (Mary Martin). Many of Herbert's most famous compositions are well in evidence, including "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life", "March of the Toys" and "Kiss Me Again", the latter performed con brio by teenaged coloratura Susanna Foster. Evidently, the producers were able to secure the film rights for the Herbert songs, but not for the stage productions in which they appeared, which may explain such bizarre interpolations as having a song from Naughty Marietta.

Starring: Allan Jones, Mary Martin, Walter Connolly, Lee Bowman, Susanna Foster, Judith Barrett, Jerome Cowan, John Garrick, Pierre Watkin, Hal K. Dawson ..
Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
Release date: 1939-12-29
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Way Down South

Way Down South

5.5/10 IMDB

In the pre-Civil War South, a plantation owner dies and leaves all his possessions, including his slaves, to his young son. While the deceased treated his slaves decently, his corrupt executor abuses them unmercifully, beating them without provocation, and he is planning to sell off the father'e estate--including the slaves--at the earliest opportunity so he and his mistress can steal the money and move to France. The young boy doesn't want to sell his father's estate or break up an of the slave families, and he has to find someone to help him thwart the crooked executor's plans.

Starring: Bobby Breen, Alan Mowbray, Ralph Morgan, Steffi Duna, Clarence Muse, Sally Blane, Edwin Maxwell, Charles Middleton, Robert Greig, Lillian Yarbo ..
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins, Bernard Vorhaus
Release date: 1939-07-21

Jazz Hot

6.1/10 IMDB

JAZZ HOT is a major discovery, a unique sync sound film recorded of Django Reinhardt, greatest of jazz guitarists, here with violinist Stephane Grappelli and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France.

Starring: Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli ..
Release date: 1939-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Million Dollar Legs

Million Dollar Legs

5.8/10 IMDB

At Middleton College, controlled by rich donor Melton, only paying sports are allowed. But Freddie Frye, conniving student body president, has to get a letter in some sport to win back his girl Susie; he schemes to revive crew boat racing. Sinking boats, no money, and his own waistline stand in his way. Can they win the big race with State University?

Starring: Betty Grable, John Hartley, Donald O'Connor, Jackie Coogan, Buster Crabbe, Dorothea Kent, Thurston Hall, Peter Lind Hayes, Richard Denning, Phil Warren ..
Directed by: Nick Grinde, Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1939-07-13
Best Music Movies of 1939 : In Old Caliente

In Old Caliente

5.6/10 IMDB

Americans come west to California in the hope of peaceful settlement. Roy and Gabby sing a duet: "We're Not Coming Out Tonight." Other songs include "Sundown on the Rangeland" and "Ride on Vaquero."

Starring: Roy Rogers, Lynne Roberts, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Jack La Rue, Katherine DeMille, Frank Puglia, Harry Woods, Paul Marion, Ethel Wales, Merrill McCormick ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1939-06-19

The Ice Follies of 1939

5.1/10 IMDB

Mary and Larry are are a modestly successful skating team. Shortly after their marriage, Mary gets a picture contract, while Larry is sitting at home, out of work.

Starring: Joan Crawford, James Stewart, Lew Ayres, Lewis Stone, Bess Ehrhardt, Roy Shipstad, Eddie Shipstad, Oscar Johnson, Lionel Stander, Charles D. Brown ..
Directed by: Reinhold Schünzel
Release date: 1939-03-10
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Hoagy Carmichael

Hoagy Carmichael

5.6/10 IMDB

Short musical subject featuring the work of composer Hoagy Carmichael performed by him and featuring Jack Teagarden and his Orchestra, as well as vocalist Meredith Blake.

Starring: Hoagy Carmichael, Jack Teagarden, Meredith Blake ..
Directed by: Leslie M. Roush
Release date: 1939-05-05
Best Music Movies of 1939 : The Girl from Mexico

The Girl from Mexico

6.5/10 IMDB

Carmelita Fuentes is a fiery-Latin singer/dancer in Mexico City who has designs on Dennis Lindsay, an American publicity agent, for unclear reasons, while Lindsay's shiftless uncle Matthew Lindsay aids and abets her every step of the way to the marriage altar.

Starring: Lupe Vélez, Donald Woods, Leon Errol, Donald MacBride, Ward Bond, Elisabeth Risdon, Linda Hayes, Edward Raquello, Ernie Alexander, Tom Coleman ..
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Release date: 1939-06-01


6.2/10 IMDB

A Russian prince disguised as a worker and a cafe singer secretly involved in revolutionary activities fall in love.

Starring: Nelson Eddy, Ilona Massey, Charles Ruggles, Frank Morgan, Lionel Atwill, C. Aubrey Smith, Joyce Compton, Dalies Frantz, Phillip Terry, Walter Woolf King ..
Directed by: Reinhold Schünzel
Release date: 1939-12-15
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Bridal Suite

Bridal Suite

5.6/10 IMDB

A carefree playboy with an aversion to marriage falls for a lass he meets in the French Alps.

Starring: Robert Young, Annabella, Walter Connolly, Billie Burke, Gene Lockhart, Reginald Owen, Arthur Treacher, Virginia Field, Felix Bressart, Sig Arno ..
Directed by: Wilhelm Thiele
Release date: 1939-05-26
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Code of the Fearless

Code of the Fearless

5.0/10 IMDB

When it appears that Fred Jamison is a member of Red's gang, he is kicked out of the Rangers. But it's just a plot between Fred and the Ranger Captain. Fred then gets into Red's gang and makes plans that will enable the Rangers to bring them all in. But his message to the Captain is intercepted and the hoax revealed.

Starring: Fred Scott, Claire Rochelle, John Merton, Walter McGrail, George Sherwood, Harry Harvey, Donald Gallaher, Victor Adamson, Phil Dunham, Jack Hendricks ..
Directed by: Raymond K. Johnson
Release date: 1939-01-05
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Everything's on Ice

Everything's on Ice

5.0/10 IMDB

Comedy about a little girl who's uncle makes her an ice skating star, only to take all of her money.

Starring: Irene Dare, Edgar Kennedy, Roscoe Karns, Lynne Roberts, Eric Linden, George Meeker, Bobby Watson, Mary Currier, Maxine Stewart, Wade Boteler ..
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Release date: 1939-10-05
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Happily Buried

Happily Buried

5.5/10 IMDB

For some unexplained reason, sales of waffle irons have plummeted. Evelyn Foster, president of the Magic Circle Waffle Iron Company, and Richard Wright, president of the Four Square Waffle Iron Company, decide to merge their companies and get married as well. When Richard insists that the new company make square waffle irons rather than round ones, Evelyn calls off the marriage and the company merger. Richard meets a Hindu yogi, who helps him win Evelyn back.

Starring: Rita Oehmen, John Hubbard, Benny Rubin, Mary Treen, Maurice Costello ..
Directed by: Felix E. Feist
Release date: 1939-04-14
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Love on Tap

Love on Tap

4.8/10 IMDB

In this musical short, a man tries to woo the manager of a dance troupe.

Starring: Mary Howard, Truman Bradley, Garwood Van, Patrick Cunning, Charles McAvoy ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1939-03-18

Ride, Cowboy, Ride

6.0/10 IMDB

Dinny and his cowhand friends rescue Laura from a runaway stagecoach after it is robbed by outlaw Pancho Dominguez and his gang. Dinny is attracted to Laura, who isn't interested in him at all. The climax arises when Pancho's gang raids the town and robs the bank.

Starring: Dennis Morgan, Maris Wrixon, George Reeves, Cliff Edwards, Frank Wilcox, Esther Howard ..
Directed by: George Amy
Release date: 1939-09-09
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Rovin' Tumbleweeds

Rovin' Tumbleweeds

6.5/10 IMDB

Rancher Autry takes a job singing on the radio to aid farmers and ranchers whose lands were destroyed by raging floods. Blaming crooked politicians, he goes to Washington and tries to put through a food control bill and finds he has a lot to learn. In this classic release, Gene introduces his immortal theme song, "Back in the Saddle Again," which has gone on to become a piece of American History.

Starring: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Mary Carlisle, Douglass Dumbrille, William Farnum, Lee "Lasses" White, Ralph Peters, Gordon Hart, Victor Potel, Jack Ingram ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1939-11-16
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Blue Montana Skies

Blue Montana Skies

6.6/10 IMDB

Gene Autry follows a clue written on a rock by his murdered partner and discovers a fur smuggling operation near the Canadian border.

Starring: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June Storey, Harry Woods, Tully Marshall, Al Bridge, Glenn Strange, Dorothy Granger, Edmund Cobb, Robert Winkler ..
Directed by: B. Reeves Eason
Release date: 1939-05-03
Best Music Movies of 1939 : The Royal Rodeo

The Royal Rodeo

5.3/10 IMDB

A young monarch, bored with responsibility and craving excitement, invites a traveling rodeo show to perform at his palace.

Starring: John Payne, Lucile Fairbanks, Cliff Edwards, Scotty Beckett, Boyd Irwin ..
Directed by: George Amy
Release date: 1939-11-25
Best Music Movies of 1939 : That's Right - You're Wrong

That's Right - You're Wrong

6.0/10 IMDB

J. D. Forbes, head of the almost-bankrupt Four Star Studios in Hollywood contacts band leader Kay Kyser, who puts on a radio and-live theatre program called "The Kollege of Musical Knowledge," to appear in films. When manager Chuck Deems gets the studio offer, he and band members Ginny Simms, Sully Mason, Ish Kabiddle, Harry Babbitt and the others are all fired up at the prospect of going to Hollywood and working in the movies, but band-leader Kay is all against it and says his old grandmother has told him to stay in his own back yard, but he relents. Once there, Stacey Delmore, a Four Star associate producer left in charge of the studio while Forbes is out of town, discovers that the screenplay writers have prepared a script that has Kay Kyser playing a glamorous lover in an exotic European setting.

Starring: Kay Kyser, Adolphe Menjou, May Robson, Lucille Ball, Dennis O'Keefe, Roscoe Karns, Moroni Olsen, Hobart Cavanaugh, Ginny Simms, Harry Babbitt ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1939-11-24
Best Music Movies of 1939 : The Lambeth Walk

The Lambeth Walk

6.9/10 IMDB

Bill Snibson, a chancer from Lambeth Walk in South London, is informed that he has been discovered to be the long-lost heir to a title and castle which he can claim provided he is able to convince his new relations that he has enough aristocratic bearing. Things soon begin to go awry however, particularly when Sally, Bill's girlfriend from Lambeth, turns up.

Starring: Lupino Lane, Sally Gray, Seymour Hicks, Norah Howard, Enid Stamp-Taylor, Wallace Lupino, Wilfrid Hyde-White, May Hallatt, Mark Lester, Charles Heslop ..
Directed by: Albert de Courville
Release date: 1939-04-03
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Spoilers of the Range

Spoilers of the Range

6.9/10 IMDB

Hero Jeff Strong (Starrett) comes to the rescue of a group of victimized ranchers. The villains are a gang of crooked gamblers, who demand a valuable dam as payment for a $50,000 debt. The ranchers hope to earn the money by getting their cattle to market on time, but head bad guy Cash Fenton (Kenneth MacDonald) and his flunkey Lobo (Dick Curtis) intend to prevent this.

Starring: Charles Starrett, Iris Meredith, Dick Curtis, Kenneth MacDonald, Hank Bell, Bob Nolan ..
Directed by: Charles C. Coleman
Release date: 1939-04-26

Mendelssohn's Wedding March

6.0/10 IMDB

This short film provides a fanciful account of how Felix Mendelssohn came to compose "The Wedding March".

Starring: George Sorel, Vernon Dent, Lou Rademan, Mary Anderson, E. Alyn Warren, Cosmo Sardo ..
Directed by: James A. FitzPatrick
Release date: 1939-11-04
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Rose of Washington Square

Rose of Washington Square

6.7/10 IMDB

Rose Sargent, a Roaring '20s singer, becomes a Ziegfeld Follies star as her criminal husband gets deeper in trouble.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Al Jolson, William Frawley, Joyce Compton, Hobart Cavanaugh, Moroni Olsen, E. E. Clive, Louis Prima, Charles C. Wilson ..
Directed by: Gregory Ratoff
Release date: 1939-05-05
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Cavalleria rusticana

Cavalleria rusticana

6.3/10 IMDB

This film was not based on the famous one-act opera of Pietro Mascagni but rather on the original story by the Sicilian writer Giovanni Verga. It's the story of Santuzza, her love Turiddu, and his passion for the married Lola that leads to his death in a duel when Lola's husband Alfio exacts satisfaction.

Starring: Isa Pola, Doris Duranti, Carlo Ninchi, Leonardo Cortese, Bella Starace Sainati, Luigi Almirante, Giulio Tempesti, Dina Romano, Carlo Romano ..
Directed by: Amleto Palermi
Release date: 1939-10-23
Best Music Movies of 1939 : St. Louis Blues

St. Louis Blues

6.5/10 IMDB

A Broadway musical comedy star tires of the same old grind and flees the city. She runs into the skipper of a showboat who befriends her, and they make plans to put together a musical revue. But a competing carnival owner hatches a scheme to put an end to the show before it begins.

Starring: Dorothy Lamour, Lloyd Nolan, Tito Guízar, Jerome Cowan, Jessie Ralph, William Frawley, Maxine Sullivan, Mary Parker ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1939-02-03
Best Music Movies of 1939 : Swanee River

Swanee River

6.3/10 IMDB

Swanee River is a 1940 American biopic about Stephen Foster, a songwriter from Pittsburgh who falls in love with the South, marries a Southern girl, then is accused of sympathizing when the Civil War breaks out. Typical of 20th Century Fox biopics of the time, the film is more fictional than factual biography.

Starring: Don Ameche, Andrea Leeds, Al Jolson, Felix Bressart, Chick Chandler, Russell Hicks, Diane Fisher, George P. Breakston, Nella Walker, Mae Marsh ..
Directed by: Sidney Lanfield
Release date: 1939-12-29

Eddie Carroll and His Orchestra

6.2/10 IMDB

Two young jazz guitarists cannot believe their luck when they are stumbled upon by their idol while playing in the park.

Starring: Eddie Carroll, Gwen Jones, Curly Clayton, Bill Day ..
Directed by: Horace Shepherd
Release date: 1939-09-18

On the Air

6.4/10 IMDB

The setting is a radio broadcast with the bands of Leith Stevens and Bobby Hackett, the vocals by Nan Wynn and a speciality bit by Leslie Lieber playing a toy whistle. Future-and-long-time-voice of the New York Yankees baseball team, Mel Allen (as Melvin Allen), served as the announcer.

Starring: Leith Stevens, Mel Allen, Nan Wynn, Leslie Lieber, Bobby Hackett ..
Directed by: Lloyd French
Release date: 1939-06-26

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