Best Music Movies of 1940

1.

Broadway Melody of 1940

3.8
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 : Dance, Girl, Dance
3.

Dance, Girl, Dance

3.5
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
Best Music Movies of 1940 : La Conga Nights
4.

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
Best Music Movies of 1940 : Second Chorus
5.

Second Chorus

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

Danny O'Neill and Hank Taylor are rival trumpeters with the Perennials, a college band, and both men are still attending college by failing their exams seven years in a row. In the midst of a performance, Danny spies Ellen Miller who ends up being made band manager. Both men compete for her affections while trying to get the other one fired.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Paulette Goddard, Artie Shaw, Charles Butterworth, Burgess Meredith, Frank Melton, Jimmy Conlin, Don Brodie, Marjorie Kane, Joan Barclay ..
Directed by: H. C. Potter
Release date: 1940-12-03
Best Music Movies of 1940 : The Boys from Syracuse
6.

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
7.

It's a Date

3.0
6.6/10 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 : Lillian Russell
8.

Lillian Russell

2.9
6.6/10 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
Best Music Movies of 1940 : It All Came True
9.

It All Came True

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

After crooked nightclub owner Chips Maguire 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 : Spook Sport
10.

Spook Sport

2.8
6.6/10 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

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