Best Music Movies of 1941

1.

Hellzapoppin'

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Olsen and Johnson, a pair of stage comedians, try to turn their play into a movie and bring together a young couple in love, while breaking the fourth wall every step of the way.

Starring: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Martha Raye, Hugh Herbert, Mischa Auer, Jane Frazee, Elisha Cook Jr., Robert Paige, Clarence Kolb, Nella Walker ..
Directed by: H. C. Potter
Release date: 1941-12-25
Best Music Movies of 1941 : Buck Privates
2.

Buck Privates

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Petty con artists, Bud & Lou mistakenly join the Army evading the cops. The cop chasing them winds up as their drill instructor. A rich young man and his former working class chauffeur are not only in the same unit, they're vying for a pretty girl who seems attracted to both.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lee Bowman, Alan Curtis, Jane Frazee, Nat Pendleton, Samuel S. Hinds, Harry Strang, Nella Walker, Leonard Elliott ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1941-01-31
3.

The Strawberry Blonde

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Biff Grimes is desperately in love with Virginia, but his best friend Hugo marries her and manipulates Biff into becoming involved in his somewhat nefarious businesses. Hugo appears to have stolen Biff's dreams, and Biff has to deal with the realisation that having what he wants and wanting what another has can be very different things.

Starring: James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland, Rita Hayworth, Jack Carson, Alan Hale, George Tobias, Una O'Connor, George Reeves, Lucile Fairbanks, Herbert Anderson ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1941-02-21
4.

Sun Valley Serenade

3.6
7.2/10 IMDB

Skating star Sonja Henie and the Glenn Miller Orchestra share the spotlight in Sun Valley Serenade. Henie plays a Norwegian refugee adopted by band pianist John Payne, who mistakenly thought that the full-grown Miss Henie was a 10-year-old little girl. Payne's girlfriend, Lynn Bari, is a soloist with the Miller band, and also a violently jealous sort. When Bari quits Miller out of pique, Henie stages an elaborate ice show as a substitute. This impromptu spectacular thrills the audience at the Sun Valley resort hotel where most of the action takes place. Joan Davis and Milton Berle provide comic relief to the music and romance (you haven't lived until you've seen Berle on skis), while The Nicholas Brothers and Dorothy Dandridge perform a lively chorus of "Chattanooga Choo Choo."

Starring: Sonja Henie, John Payne, Glenn Miller, Milton Berle, Lynn Bari, Joan Davis, Dorothy Dandridge, William B. Davidson, Almira Sessions, Mel Ruick ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1941-08-29
5.

Babes on Broadway

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Penny Morris and Tommy Williams are both starstruck young teens but nobody seems to give them any chance to perform. Instead they decide to put up their own show to collect money for a summer camp for the kids.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Fay Bainter, Virginia Weidler, Ray McDonald, Richard Quine, Donald Meek, Alexander Woollcott, Luis Alberni, James Gleason ..
Directed by: Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1941-12-31
6.

You'll Never Get Rich

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

A Broadway choreographer gets drafted and coincidentally ends up in the same army base as his object of affection’s boyfriend.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Robert Benchley, John Hubbard, Osa Massen, Frieda Inescort, Guinn Williams, Donald MacBride, Cliff Nazarro, Marjorie Gateson ..
Directed by: Sidney Lanfield
Release date: 1941-09-25
7.

Ziegfeld Girl

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Discovery by Flo Ziegfeld changes a girl's life but not necessarily for the better, as three beautiful women find out when they join the spectacle on Broadway: Susan, the singer who must leave behind her ageing vaudevillian father; vulnerable Sheila, the working girl pursued both by a millionaire and by her loyal boyfriend from Flatbush; and the mysterious European beauty Sandra, whose concert violinist husband cannot endure the thought of their escaping from poverty by promenading her glamor in skimpy costumes.

Starring: Judy Garland, James Stewart, Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner, Jackie Cooper, Tony Martin, Ian Hunter, Charles Winninger, Edward Everett Horton, Philip Dorn ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard, Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1941-04-25
8.

Road to Zanzibar

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Stranded in Africa, Chuck and his pal Fearless have comic versions of jungle adventures, featuring two attractive con-women.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Una Merkel, Eric Blore, Douglass Dumbrille, Iris Adrian, Lionel Royce, Leigh Whipper, Norma Varden ..
Directed by: Victor Schertzinger
Release date: 1941-04-11
Best Music Movies of 1941 : Pot o' Gold
9.

Pot o' Gold

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

Jimmy, the owner of a failed music shop, goes to work with his uncle, the owner of a food factory. Before he gets there, he befriends an Irish family who happens to be his uncle's worst enemy because of their love for music and in-house band who constantly practices. Soon, Jimmy finds himself trying to help the band by getting them gigs and trying to reconcile the family with his uncle.

Starring: James Stewart, Paulette Goddard, Horace Heidt, Charles Winninger, Mary Gordon, Frank Melton, Jed Prouty, Charles Arnt, Art Carney, James Flavin ..
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1941-04-03
Best Music Movies of 1941 : San Antonio Rose
10.

San Antonio Rose

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

San Antonio Rose is an amiably wacky mini-musical evenly divided between its "official" stars, The Merry Macs, and a strong cast of supporting clowns. Robert Paige plays roadhouse operator Con Conway, whose establishment is in danger of being squeezed out by its competition. Stranded entertainers Hope Holloway (Jane Frazee) and Gabby Trent (Eve Arden) decide to revivify Conway's establishment by staging an energetic floor show built around the talented Merry Macs. A rival club owner dispatches his two top hooligans Jigsaw Kennedy (Lon Chaney Jr.) and Benny the Bounce (Shemp Howard) to wreck Conway's club by posing as waiters, but the two stupes are easily cowed into submission--by the leading ladies!

Starring: Jane Frazee, Robert Paige, Eve Arden, Lon Chaney Jr., Shemp Howard, The Merry Macs, Richard Lane, Elaine Condos, Louis Da Pron, Charles Lang ..
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1941-06-20

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