Best Music Movies of 1940

1.

Broadway Melody of 1940

3.7
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
2.

Road to Singapore

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Bing Crosby an Bob Hope star in the first of the 'Road to' movies as two playboys trying 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 : La Conga Nights
3.

La Conga Nights

3.5
6.8/10 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
4.

Strike Up the Band

3.4
6.9/10 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
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Dance, Girl, Dance
5.

Dance, Girl, Dance

3.4
6.7/10 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
6.

One Night in the Tropics

3.2
6.5/10 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 : Spring Parade
7.

Spring Parade

3.0
6.8/10 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
8.

The Boys from Syracuse

3.0
6.8/10 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 : It's a Date
9.

It's a Date

2.9
6.5/10 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
10.

Swinging the Lambeth Walk

2.9
6.8/10 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: 1940-01-01

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