Best Music Movies of 1939

1.

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

3.7
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
2.

At the Circus

3.6
6.9/10 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
3.

Babes in Arms

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Mickey Moran, son of two vaudeville veterans, decide 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 : Some Like It Hot
4.

Some Like It Hot

3.2
6.7/10 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 : Gone to the Dogs
5.

Gone to the Dogs

3.0
6.0/10 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 : They Shall Have Music
6.

They Shall Have Music

3.0
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 : Trouble Brewing
7.

Trouble Brewing

2.9
6.6/10 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 : The Mikado
8.

The Mikado

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

In a mythical Japan, Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor, has been appointed Lord High Executioner and must find someone to execute before the arrival of the ruling Mikado. He lights upon Nanki-Poo, a strolling minstrel who loves the beautiful Yum-Yum. But Yum-Yum is also loved by Ko-Ko, and Nanki-Poo, seeing no hope for his love, considers suicide. Ko-Ko offers to solve both their problems by executing Nanki-Poo, and an agreement is reached whereby Ko-Ko will allow Nanki-Poo to marry Yum-Yum for one month, at the end of which Nanki-Poo will be executed, in time for the arrival of the Mikado. But what Ko-Ko doesn't know is that Nanki-Poo is the son of the Mikado and has run away to avoid a betrothal to an old harridan named Katisha. The arrival of the Mikado brings all the threads of the tale together

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 : Man About Town
9.

Man About Town

2.8
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 : Mexicali Rose
10.

Mexicali Rose

2.7
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 ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1939-03-26

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