Best Music Movies of 1940


Broadway Melody of 1940

7.3/10 IMDB

Johnny Brett and King Shaw are an unsuccessful dance team in New York. A producer discovers Brett as the new partner for Clare Bennett, but Brett, who thinks he is one of the people they lent money to, gives him the name of his partner.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy, Frank Morgan, Ian Hunter, Florence Rice, Lynne Carver, Ann Morriss, Trixie Firschke, Libby Taylor ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1940-02-09

City for Conquest

7.2/10 IMDB

The heartbreaking but hopeful tale of Danny Kenny and Peggy Nash, two sweethearts who meet and struggle through their impoverished lives in New York City. When Peggy, hoping for something better in life for both of them, breaks off her engagement to Danny, he sets out to be a championship boxer, while she becomes a dancer paired with a sleazy partner. Will tragedy reunite the former lovers?

Starring: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Frank Craven, Donald Crisp, Frank McHugh, Arthur Kennedy, George Tobias, Jerome Cowan, Elia Kazan, Anthony Quinn ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco, Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1940-09-21

Strike Up the Band

6.8/10 IMDB

Jimmy and Mary get a group of kids together to play in a school orchestra. A huge contest between schools is coming up and they have a hard time raising money to go to Chicago for the contest.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, June Preisser, William Tracy, Larry Nunn, Paul Whiteman, Margaret Early, Ann Shoemaker, Francis Pierlot, Virginia Brissac ..
Directed by: Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1940-09-27

Road to Singapore

6.6/10 IMDB

Two playboys try to forget previous romances in Singapore - until they meet Dorothy Lamour...

Starring: Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Bob Hope, Charles Coburn, Judith Barrett, Anthony Quinn, Jerry Colonna, Elvia Allman, Johnny Arthur, Bobby Barber ..
Directed by: Victor Schertzinger
Release date: 1940-03-22
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Dance, Girl, Dance

Dance, Girl, Dance

6.8/10 IMDB

Judy O'Brien is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Also in the company is Bubbles, a brash mantrap who leaves the struggling troupe for a career in burlesque. When the company disbands, Bubbles gives Judy a thankless job as her stooge. The two eventually clash when both fall for the same man.

Starring: Maureen O'Hara, Lucille Ball, Louis Hayward, Virginia Field, Maria Ouspenskaya, Ralph Bellamy, Mary Carlisle, Katharine Alexander, Edward Brophy, Walter Abel ..
Directed by: Dorothy Arzner
Release date: 1940-08-30
Best Music Movies of 1940 : It All Came True

It All Came True

6.6/10 IMDB

After crooked nightclub owner murders a police informant, he blackmails his piano player to allow him to stay at his eccentric mother's boarding house.

Starring: Ann Sheridan, Jeffrey Lynn, Humphrey Bogart, Zasu Pitts, Una O'Connor, Jessie Busley, John Litel, Grant Mitchell, Felix Bressart, Charles Judels ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler
Release date: 1940-04-06
Best Music Movies of 1940 : La Conga Nights

La Conga Nights

6.5/10 IMDB

In this comedy, actor Hugh Herbert plays six different roles. Only one of the roles is a man. The story centers around a dizzy music lover, who has grown rich through real estate deals. Also figuring in the story are a cab driver/performer, and a down-on-her-luck, aspiring singer. They meet when she hails his cab as she skips out on her former boarding house because she cannot pay rent.

Starring: Hugh Herbert, Dennis O'Keefe, Constance Moore, Ferike Boros, Eddie Quillan, Armida, Joe Brown Jr., Sally Payne, Frank Orth, Barnett Parker ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1940-05-31
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Down Argentine Way

Down Argentine Way

6.4/10 IMDB

The story—in which an American heiress on holiday in South America falls in love with an Argentine horse breeder against the wishes of their families—takes a backseat to the spectacular location shooting and parade of extravagant musical numbers, which include the larger-than-life Carmen Miranda singing the hit “South American Way” and a showstopping dance routine by the always amazing Nicholas Brothers.

Starring: Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, Charlotte Greenwood, J. Carrol Naish, Henry Stephenson, Kay Aldridge, Leonid Kinskey, Chris-Pin Martin, Gregory Gaye ..
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Release date: 1940-10-11
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Rhythm on the River

Rhythm on the River

6.8/10 IMDB

Popular songwriter Oliver Courtney has been getting by for years using one ghost writer for his music and another for his lyrics. When both writers meet at an inn, they fall in love and then try to sell their songs under their own name. The problem is every song publisher thinks they're copying Courtney's style.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Basil Rathbone, Oscar Levant, Oscar Shaw, Charley Grapewin, Lillian Cornell, William Frawley, Jeanne Cagney, Charles Lane ..
Directed by: Victor Schertzinger
Release date: 1940-08-28

One Night in the Tropics

6.3/10 IMDB

Jim "Lucky" Moore, an insurance salesman, comes up with a novel policy for his friend, Steve: a 'love insurance policy', that will pay out $1-million if Steve does not marry his fiancée, Cynthia. The upcoming marriage is jeopardized by Steve's ex-girlfriend, Mickey, and Cynthia's disapproving Aunt Kitty. The policy is underwritten by a nightclub owner, Roscoe, who sends two enforcers - Abbott and Costello - to ensure that the wedding occurs as planned.

Starring: Allan Jones, Nancy Kelly, Robert Cummings, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Mary Boland, William Frawley, Peggy Moran, Leo Carrillo, Don Alvarado ..
Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Release date: 1940-11-15
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry

6.8/10 IMDB

Aided by musicians at the Grand Ole Opry, a small-town mayor in the Ozarks takes on a group of crooked politicians.

Starring: Leon Weaver, June Weaver, Frank Weaver, Allan Lane, Henry Kolker, Purnell Pratt, Ferris Taylor, Loretta Weaver, Claire Carleton, John Hartley ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1940-06-25
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Spring Parade

Spring Parade

6.7/10 IMDB

In this light and lovely romantic musical, a Hungarian woman attends a Viennese fair and buys a card from a gypsy fortune teller. It says that she will meet someone important and is destined for a happy marriage. Afterward she gets a job as a baker's assistant. She then meets a handsome army drummer who secretly dreams of becoming a famous composer and conductor. Unfortunately the military forbids the young corporal to create his own music. But then Ilonka secretly sends one of the drummer's waltzes to the Austrian Emperor with his weekly order of pastries. Her act paves the way toward the tuneful and joyous fulfillment of the gypsy's prediction.

Starring: Deanna Durbin, Robert Cummings, Mischa Auer, Henry Stephenson, S.Z. Sakall, Walter Catlett, Anne Gwynne, Peggy Moran, Reginald Denny, Kenneth Brown ..
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1940-09-27

If I Forget You

7.0/10 IMDB

Judy Garland sings the title song, a tribute to Will Rogers.

Starring: Kay Kyser, Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Will Rogers ..
Release date: 1940-05-01

Swinging the Lambeth Walk

6.9/10 IMDB

Lye edited together “swing” versions of the popular Lambeth Walk (including Django Reinhardt on guitar and Stephane Grapelli on violin), combining them with a particularly diverse range of direct film images, scratched as well as painted. He was particularly pleased with a final guitar solo (with a vibrating horizontal line) and double bass solo (with a stomping vertical line). For this film Lye did not have to include any advertising slogans; friends at the Tourist and Industrial Development Association, shocked to learn that Lye and his family had become destitute, arranged for TIDA to sponsor the film – to the horror of government bureaucrats who could not understand why a popular dance was being treated as a tourist attraction. - Harvard Film Archive

Directed by: Len Lye
Release date: 1940-02-01
Best Music Movies of 1940 : I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now

I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now

6.3/10 IMDB

In this low-budget musical, two sets of politically ambitious parents attempt to pair up their youngsters who unfortunately despise each other and only pretend to like each other to please their parents. On the nights they are to go out, they sneak out with their respective true loves. It all works well until the unwilling couple find themselves falling in love for real. songs include: "I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now", and "Got Romance".

Starring: Dennis O'Keefe, Constance Moore, Helen Parrish, Lewis Howard, Laura Hope Crews, Samuel S. Hinds, Berton Churchill, Marjorie Gateson, Margaret Hamilton, Tim Ryan ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1940-10-19
Best Music Movies of 1940 : It's a Date

It's a Date

6.4/10 IMDB

An aspiring actress is offered the lead in a major new play, but discovers that her mother, a more seasoned performer, expects the same part. The situation is further complicated when they both become involved with the same man.

Starring: Deanna Durbin, Kay Francis, Walter Pidgeon, Eugene Pallette, Henry Stephenson, Cecilia Loftus, Samuel S. Hinds, Lewis Howard, S.Z. Sakall, Fritz Feld ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1940-03-22
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Spook Sport

Spook Sport

6.7/10 IMDB

It's midnight in a graveyard. The principal characters are spooks, ghosts, bats, bells, and, at the end, the sun. As midnight strikes, 12 spooks appear, then two ghosts. They move to the music's rhythm. Against the black night, they are blue and yellow. Bats appear as does a xylophone of bones. Mist rises, spooks swirl. A bell tolls. The sky turns light blue, the ghosts' dance slows. Then black night returns bringing intimations of frenzy. Bones play snare drums; spooks peek out of square graves. Scary faces appear. Frenetic movement takes over. A rooster crows and all return to earth as the sun's light appears.

Directed by: Mary Ellen Bute, Norman McLaren, Ted Nemeth
Release date: 1940-01-01

The Boys from Syracuse

5.9/10 IMDB

The action takes place in Ephesus in ancient Asia Minor, and the concerns The efforts of two boys from Syracuse, Anthipholus and his servant Dromio, to find their long-lost twins who, for reason of plot confusion, are also named Anthipholus and Dromio. Complications arise when the wife of the Ephesians, Adriana and her servant Luce, mistake the two strangers for their husband, though the couples eventually get sorted out after Adriana's sister Luciana and the Syracuse Antipholus admit their love

Starring: Allan Jones, Martha Raye, Alan Mowbray, Irene Hervey, Joe Penner, Charles Butterworth, Rosemary Lane, Samuel S. Hinds, Tom Dugan, Spencer Charters ..
Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Release date: 1940-07-30
Best Music Movies of 1940 : No, No, Nanette

No, No, Nanette

5.2/10 IMDB

Perky young Nanette attempts to save the marriage of her uncle and aunt by untangling Uncle Jimmy from several innocent but ensnaring flirtations. Attempting one such unentanglement, Nanette enlists the help of theatrical producer Bill Trainor, who promptly falls in love with her. The same thing happens when artist Tom Gillespie is called on for help. But soon Uncle Jimmy's flirtations become too numerous, and Nanette's romances with Tom and Bill run into trouble. Will Uncle Jimmy's marriage survive, and will Nanette find happiness with Tom, Bill, or somebody else?

Starring: Anna Neagle, Richard Carlson, Victor Mature, Roland Young, Helen Broderick, Zasu Pitts, Eve Arden, Billy Gilbert, Dorothea Kent, Aubrey Mather ..
Directed by: Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1940-12-19
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Lillian Russell

Lillian Russell

6.4/10 IMDB

Alice Faye plays the title role in this 1940 film biography of the early-20th-century stage star.

Starring: Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Henry Fonda, Edward Arnold, Warren William, Leo Carrillo, Helen Westley, Nigel Bruce, Lynn Bari, Claud Allister ..
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Release date: 1940-05-24

My Love Came Back

6.3/10 IMDB

Amelia is a gifted violinist who is in danger of quitting the Brissac Academy of Music. Julius arranges to have a scholarship given to her through his employee Tony so that Julius can escort Amelia to every musical event in the city. The trouble begins when he cannot meet her one night and Tony goes in his place. Tony believes that Julius and Amelia are a couple and then son Paul thinks that Tony and Amelia are a couple as he is sending her the money. The worst part is that Amelia might leave classical music for swing music with classmates Dusty, Joy and the band.

Starring: Olivia de Havilland, Jeffrey Lynn, Eddie Albert, Jane Wyman, Charles Winninger, Spring Byington, Grant Mitchell, William T. Orr, Ann Gillis, S.Z. Sakall ..
Directed by: Curtis Bernhardt
Release date: 1940-07-13
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Frances Carroll & 'The Coquettes'

Frances Carroll & 'The Coquettes'

7.1/10 IMDB

Bandleader Frances Carroll leads The Coquettes, an all-female band, in several swing tunes.

Starring: Frances Carroll, Eunice Healey ..
Directed by: Roy Mack
Release date: 1940-02-17
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Let George Do It!

Let George Do It!

6.4/10 IMDB

Shortly after the start of World War II, a ukelele player (George) takes the wrong boat and finds himself in (still uninvaded) Norway. He is mistaken for a fellow British intelligence agent by a woman (Mary), and becomes involved in trying to defeat Nazi agents.

Starring: George Formby, Phyllis Calvert, Bernard Lee, Ronald Shiner, Garry Marsh, Romney Brent, Coral Browne, Helena Pickard, Percy Walsh, Diana Beaumont ..
Directed by: Marcel Varnel
Release date: 1940-07-12

Too Many Girls

5.9/10 IMDB

Mr. Casey's daughter, Connie, wants to go to Pottawatomie College and without her knowledge, he sends four football players as her bodyguards. The college is in financial trouble and her bodyguards use their salary to help the college. The football players join the college team, and the team becomes one of the best. One of the football players, Clint, falls in love with Connie, but when she discovers he is her bodyguard, she decides to go back East. The bodyguards follow her, leaving the team in the lurch.

Starring: Lucille Ball, Richard Carlson, Ann Miller, Eddie Bracken, Frances Langford, Desi Arnaz, Hal Le Roy, Libby Bennett, Harry Shannon, Douglas Walton ..
Directed by: George Abbott
Release date: 1940-10-08
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Tin Pan Alley

Tin Pan Alley

6.5/10 IMDB

Songwriters Calhoun and Harrigan get Katie and Lily Blane to introduce a new one. Lily goes to England, and Katy joins her after the boys give a new song to Nora Bayes. All are reunited when the boys, now in the army, show up in England.

Starring: Alice Faye, Betty Grable, John Payne, Jack Oakie, Esther Ralston, Allen Jenkins, John Loder, Elisha Cook Jr., Ben Carter, Fred Keating ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1940-11-29
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Alice in Movieland

Alice in Movieland

5.8/10 IMDB

In a U.S. town that could be anywhere, 18-year-old Alice Purdee wins a free trip to Hollywood. With the assistance of a cheerful porter, she takes the night train and dreams about her arrival. Instead of instant success, she meets disappointment after disappointment, and she needs the unexpected encouragement of her grandmother and an aging, former star whom she meets at a talent night. Finally, she gets a call to be an extra, and she's so hopeful that the regulars decide to make a fool of her. Is this the end of Alice's dream? Not if the porter has anything to say about it.

Starring: Joan Leslie, Nana Bryant, Clara Blandick, Clarence Muse, Frank Faylen, Alan Hale, Marion Mack, Frank Mayo, Ronald Reagan, Alexis Smith ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1940-03-03
Best Music Movies of 1940 : One for the Book

One for the Book

5.5/10 IMDB

In this entertaining short, famous literary figures step out of the pages of books after dark.

Starring: Betty Hutton, Hal Sherman, Miriam Grahame, Gae Foster Girls ..
Directed by: Roy Mack
Release date: 1940-02-03

Bitter Sweet

5.8/10 IMDB

In order to avoid an arranged marriage with a man she doesn't love, Sarah Millick runs off to Vienna with her music teacher, Carl Linden, whom she does love. They are married. In Vienna, they struggle to make a living by making music. Carl writes an operetta and tries to get it produced. They are helped along by Viennese Baron, but his intentions are not honorable. He kills Carl in a sword fight. A big producer does put on the operetta, with Sari in the lead -- but without her husband, it is a bittersweet victory.

Starring: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, George Sanders, Ian Hunter, Felix Bressart, Edward Ashley, Lynne Carver, Diana Lewis, Curt Bois, Fay Holden ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1940-11-08
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Double or Nothing

Double or Nothing

6.0/10 IMDB

In this Broadway Brevities short, a stunt double is hit on the head and imagines himself in a series of movie scenes with doubles for various stars.

Starring: Lee Dixon, Ed Smalle, John Elliott, Sara Berner, Betty Dietrich, Buddy Doyle, Tom Herbert, Al Rinker, Gloria Warren ..
Directed by: Roy Mack
Release date: 1940-04-20

Little Nellie Kelly

6.4/10 IMDB

Nellie Kelly, the daughter of Irish immigrants, patches up differences between her father and maternal grandfather while rising to the top on Broadway.

Starring: Judy Garland, George Murphy, Charles Winninger, Douglas McPhail, Arthur Shields, Rita Page, Forrester Harvey, James Burke, George Watts, Ernie Alexander ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1940-11-22
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Music in My Heart

Music in My Heart

6.0/10 IMDB

A young woman engaged to a millionaire falls for the understudy in a Broadway musical.

Starring: Tony Martin, Rita Hayworth, Edith Fellows, Alan Mowbray, Eric Blore, George Tobias, Joseph Crehan, George Humbert, Joey Ray, Don Brodie ..
Directed by: Joseph Santley
Release date: 1940-01-04
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Hit Parade of 1941

Hit Parade of 1941

5.9/10 IMDB

In this musical, the second entry in a five-film series, a thrift shop owner sells his business and buys a small time radio station. He begins looking for sponsors. He finds one with a department store owner who will only lend him the money if he will allow his daughter, an aspiring tap-dancer and singer, to perform on the air. This is unfortunate as she is tone-deaf. To compensate, the owner hires a real singer to dub the daughter's voice. The singer and the owner's nephew fall in love and mayhem ensues. Songs include: the Oscar nominated "Who Am I?," "Swing Low Sweet Rhythm," "In The Cool of the Evening," "Make Yourself at Home," "The Swap Shop Song," "The Trading Post," "Sally," "Ramona," "Sweet Sue," "Dinah," "Margie," and "Mary Lou."

Starring: Kenny Baker, Frances Langford, Ann Miller, Hugh Herbert, Mary Boland, Patsy Kelly, Phil Silvers, Franklin Pangborn, Borrah Minevitch, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: John H. Auer
Release date: 1940-10-14
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Tarantella


5.7/10 IMDB

Here the artist creates a world of color, form, movement and sound in which the elements are in a state of controllable flux, the two materials (visual and aural) are subject to any conceivable interrelation and modification.

Directed by: Mary Ellen Bute, Ted Nemeth
Release date: 1940-12-31
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Melody and Moonlight

Melody and Moonlight

5.8/10 IMDB

Jane Frazee made her starring film debut in the Republic B-plus musical Melody and Moonlight. The plot is motivated by the show-biz aspirations of bellboy Danny O'Brien (Johnny Downs). With the help of a wealthy chiropodist (Jerry Colonna), O'Brien not only gets to star on a big-time radio show, but also sprinkles stardust upon his sweetheart Kay Barnett (Jane Frazee)-who, unbeknownst to everyone but the audience, is the daughter of the show's sponsor.

Starring: Johnny Downs, Barbara Jo Allen, Jonathan Hale, Jane Frazee, Frank Jenks, Jerry Colonna, Mary Lee, Claire Carleton, Marten Lamont, Jewel McGowan ..
Directed by: Joseph Santley
Release date: 1940-10-10
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Dancing on a Dime

Dancing on a Dime

6.1/10 IMDB

Director Ted Brooks and comedians Jack Norcross, Dandy Joslyn and Phil Miller are part of a troupe of promising young players rehearsing for a WPA show at the Garrick Theater in New York and are stunned when the government withdraws their funding on the day of the show's dress rehearsal. Destitute, the troupe plans to return home when Mac, the stage doorman, offers to allow four of the men, Phil, Dandy, Jack and Ted, to use the theater for a boardinghouse. After accepting Mac's offer, the men improvise bedrooms out of the set pieces and meet amateur actress Lorie Fenton from Cleveland, who is eager to audition for them. When the men learn she recently received a small inheritance, they allow her to audition, hoping she will back the show.

Starring: Robert Paige, Peter Lind Hayes, Eddie Quillan, Frank Jenks, Grace McDonald, Virginia Dale, Carol Adams, Lillian Cornell, William Frawley, Charles Lane ..
Directed by: Joseph Santley
Release date: 1940-11-01
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Band Waggon

Band Waggon

5.4/10 IMDB

A gang of spies held up in a haunted castle gives this team of celebrated British wireless comedians plenty of scope for laughs.

Starring: Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch, Pat Kirkwood, Moore Marriott, Freddy Schweitzer, Bruce Trent, C.H. Middleton, Jasmine Bligh, Jonah Barrington, Paul Holt ..
Directed by: Marcel Varnel
Release date: 1940-03-23

Laugh It Off

4.8/10 IMDB

As WWII begins, vaudeville entertainer Tommy Towers is called up to serve. He arranges a job for his girlfriend at the local pub. To keep moral up, his commanding officer orders him to perform for the troops.

Starring: Tommy Trinder, Jean Colin, Anthony Hulme, Marjorie Browne, Edward Lexy, Ida Barr, Charles Victor, Charles Victor, Wally Patch, Warren Jenkins ..
Directed by: John Baxter, Wallace Orton
Release date: 1940-03-09
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Broken Strings

Broken Strings

5.6/10 IMDB

After noted violinist Arthur Williams suffers a hand injury which ends his playing career, his hopes are transferred to his son, who prefers swing music to classical.

Starring: Clarence Muse, Sybil Lewis, Tommie Moore, William Washington, Matthew Beard, Pete Webster, Edward Thompson, Buck Woods, Darby Jones, Jess Lee Brooks ..
Directed by: Bernard B. Ray
Release date: 1940-01-01

The Dipsy Doodler

6.6/10 IMDB

A concert film

Starring: Larry Clinton and His Orchestra ..
Directed by: Lloyd French
Release date: 1940-02-01

A Night at Earl Carroll's

5.9/10 IMDB

Newly-elected reform Mayor Jones celebrates his victory over the crooked political machine with a party at Earl Carroll's night club. Steve Kalkus, the defeated racketeer-politician, has Earl Carroll and several of his acts kidnapped, figuring the kidnapping coup will cause Jones to be laughed out of office. In Carroll's absence his assistant, Ramona Lisa, and his press agent, Barney Nelson put on the show themselves with the remaining talent, the chorus girls and also pressing into the entertainment cigarette girls, cloakroom girls, the doorman and others including oil heiresses Brenda Gusher and Cobina Gusher. Carroll and the other prisoners make their escape when a kidnapped juggling act sends their captors down in a barrage of beer bottles.

Starring: Ken Murray, Rose Hobart, Elvia Allman, Blanche Stewart, Earl Carroll, Lillian Cornell ..
Directed by: Kurt Neumann
Release date: 1940-12-06
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Riders of Pasco Basin

Riders of Pasco Basin

5.9/10 IMDB

Kirby and Evans are pulling off an irrigation project swindle and newspaper editor Scott realizes it and sends for Lee. Lee agrees with Scott and forms a vigilante group to fight the Sheriff and his deputies brought in by Kirby. But a dying Uncle Dan sets the Sheriff straight and this brings the two sides together for the big shootout.

Starring: Johnny Mack Brown, Bob Baker, Fuzzy Knight, Frances Robinson, Arthur Loft, Ted Adams, Frank LaRue, William Gould, James Guilfoyle, Ed Cassidy ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor
Release date: 1940-04-04
Best Music Movies of 1940 : A Little Bit of Heaven

A Little Bit of Heaven

6.5/10 IMDB

A child from the New York tenements sings on a radio quiz show and is eventually hired to a big-bucks contract, which allows her and her family to move into a posh apartment, with all the usual problems that accompany sudden wealth.

Starring: Gloria Jean, Robert Stack, Hugh Herbert, C. Aubrey Smith, Nana Bryant, Stuart Erwin, Eugene Pallette, Billy Gilbert, Nan Grey, Tommy Bond ..
Directed by: Andrew Marton
Release date: 1940-10-10

Sunday Sinners

7.1/10 IMDB

Harlem musical.

Starring: Norman Astwood, Edna Mae Harris, Cristola Williams, Sidney Easton ..
Directed by: Arthur Dreifuss
Release date: 1940-02-01

Tom Turkey and His Harmonica Humdingers

6.3/10 IMDB

Tom Turkey and his friends play their harmonicas so enthusiastically that they nearly destroy the general store.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Borrah Minevitch ..
Directed by: Hugh Harman
Release date: 1940-06-08
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride

Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride

6.9/10 IMDB

Gene inherits a meat-packing plant, then faces stiff competition from snooty Ann Randolph, rival owner determined to do him in.

Starring: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June Storey, Mary Lee, Warren Hull, Forbes Murray, Joe McGuinn, Joe Frisco, Isabel Randolph, Herbert Clifton ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1940-09-05

Ozzie Nelson & His Orchestra

6.0/10 IMDB

Ozzie and his orchestra play a few tunes.

Starring: Ozzie Nelson and Orchestra, Ozzie Nelson ..
Directed by: Roy Mack
Release date: 1940-06-29
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me!

Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me!

6.3/10 IMDB

In this musical, a sharp witted press agent teams up with an unemployed chorine and dubs her "Miss Manhattan" to promote a cheap line of clothing. To escort her about town, the agent invents a "Mr. Manhattan." He then has them fake a marriage. When he realizes that he is in love with his creation, the agent promptly fires "Mr. M" and takes her to the altar personally. Songs include: "Ma, He's Making Eyes At Me," "Unfair To Love," and "A Lemon In The Garden Of Love."

Starring: Tom Brown, Constance Moore, Richard Carle, Anne Nagel, Jerome Cowan, Elisabeth Risdon, Fritz Feld, Larry Williams, Frank Mitchell, Vivien Fay ..
Directed by: Harold D. Schuster
Release date: 1940-03-15
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Gaucho Serenade

Gaucho Serenade

6.5/10 IMDB

Gene Autry and sidekick Frog Millhouse depart Madison Square Garden and NYC heading west for home in their car and a horse trailer carrying Gene's horse, Champion. They discover that Ronnie Willoughby, a young boy just off the boat from school in England, has hitched a ride, thinking that Gene and Frog were sent by his father to meet him. Ronnie thinks his father is a big rancher in the west and doesn't know that his father, Alfred Willoughby, is serving time in San Quentin prison because of a frame-up by the officials of a packing company. To keep the father from testifying against them, the packing company officials, Carter, Jenkins and Martin, have arranged for the boy to be kidnapped. Along the way a runaway bride, Joyce Halloway, and her young sister Patsy join the troupe.

Starring: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June Storey, Mary Lee, Duncan Renaldo, Clifford Severn, Lester Matthews, Smith Ballew, Joseph Crehan, William Ruhl ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1940-05-09


6.6/10 IMDB

A Hollywood studio goofs and signs the wrong girl--a hillbilly from the Ozarks--to a movie contract. Comedy.

Starring: Judy Canova, Alan Mowbray, Ruth Donnelly, Eddie Foy Jr., Isabel Jewell, Joseph Cawthorn, Wallace Ford, Luis Alberni, Billy Gilbert, Emmett Lynn ..
Directed by: Gus Meins
Release date: 1940-07-20
Best Music Movies of 1940 : I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby

I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby

6.5/10 IMDB

In I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby, Broderick Crawford plays a sentimental gangster who abducts songwriter Johnny Downs and forces him to write a love ballad. It is Crawford's hope that the song will reach out and touch his long-lost childhood sweetheart. I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby was based on James Edward Grant's short story Trouble in B Flat; echoes of the basic premise later resurfaced in the 1957 "A" picture The Girl Can't Help It.

Starring: Broderick Crawford, Johnny Downs, Peggy Moran, Warren Hymer, Jessie Ralph, Gertrude Michael, John Sutton, Horace McMahon, Dewey Robinson, Murray Alper ..
Directed by: Albert S. Rogell
Release date: 1940-05-01

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