Best Music Movies of 1942

1.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

A film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan.

Starring: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Irene Manning, George Tobias, Rosemary DeCamp, Jeanne Cagney, Frances Langford, George Barbier ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1942-05-29
2.

Holiday Inn

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

Lovely Linda Mason has crooner Jim Hardy head over heels, but suave stepper Ted Hanover wants her for his new dance partner after femme fatale Lila Dixon gives him the brush. Jim's supper club—Holiday Inn—is the setting for the chase by Hanover and manager Danny Reed. The music's the thing.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Abel, Louise Beavers, Irving Bacon, Marek Windheim, James Bell, John Gallaudet ..
Directed by: Mark Sandrich
Release date: 1942-07-10
3.

You Were Never Lovelier

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

An Argentine heiress thinks a penniless American dancer is her secret admirer.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou, Xavier Cugat, Isobel Elsom, Leslie Brooks, Adele Mara, Gus Schilling, Barbara Brown, Douglas Leavitt ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1942-11-19
4.

For Me and My Gal

3.8
7.0/10 IMDB

Two vaudeville performers fall in love, but find their relationship tested by the arrival of WWI.

Starring: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, George Murphy, Mártha Eggerth, Ben Blue, Stephen McNally, Lester Dorr, Ernie Alexander, Hooper Atchley, Walter Baldwin ..
Directed by: Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1942-10-21
5.

Roxie Hart

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

A café in Chicago, 1942. On a rainy night, veteran reporter Homer Howard tells an increasing audience the story of Roxie Hart and the crime she was judged for in 1927.

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Lynne Overman, Nigel Bruce, Phil Silvers, Sara Allgood, William Frawley, Spring Byington, Helene Reynolds ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1942-02-20
6.

Road to Morocco

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Two carefree castaways on a desert shore find an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the luscious Princess Shalmar.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Anthony Quinn, Vladimir Sokoloff, Yvonne De Carlo, John George, Poppy Wilde, Dona Drake, Mikhail Rasumny ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1942-11-10
7.

Pardon My Sarong

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

A pair of bus drivers accidentally steal their own bus. With the company issuing a warrant for their arrest, they tag along with a playboy on a boat trip that finds them on a tropical island, where a jewel thief has sinister plans for them.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Virginia Bruce, Robert Paige, Lionel Atwill, Leif Erickson, Nan Wynn, William Demarest, Samuel S. Hinds, Marie McDonald ..
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Release date: 1942-08-07
8.

Orchestra Wives

3.3
6.8/10 IMDB

Connie Ward is in seventh heaven when Gene Morrison's band rolls into town. She is swept off her feet by trumpeter Bill Abbot. After marrying him, she joins the band's tour and learns about life as an orchestra wife, weathering the catty attacks of the other band wives.

Starring: George Montgomery, Ann Rutherford, Glenn Miller, Lynn Bari, Carole Landis, Cesar Romero, Virginia Gilmore, Mary Beth Hughes, Frank Orth, Grant Mitchell ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1942-09-04
Best Music Movies of 1942 : The Old Chisholm Trail
9.

The Old Chisholm Trail

3.2
5.8/10 IMDB

Dusty Gardner, and other Texas ranchers, are driving a herd of cattle to Abilene, Kansas along the Chisholm Trail. Desperate need of water takes them to the Turner ranch, where Belle Turner demands exorbitant prices for the water. Dusty learns that Belle is also trying to oust Mary Lee and Montana Smith from the trading post Mary operates. The sheriff sides with Belle following a fight between the two women. Belle knows there is artesian springs under the land the trading post occupies and intends to get the property by any means.

Starring: Johnny Mack Brown, Tex Ritter, Fuzzy Knight, Jennifer Holt, Mady Correll, Earle Hodgins, Roy Barcroft, Edmund Cobb, Budd Buster, Johnny Bond ..
Directed by: Elmer Clifton
Release date: 1942-12-11
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Heart of the Rio Grande
10.

Heart of the Rio Grande

3.1
6.4/10 IMDB

As foreman of a dude ranch, Gene has two problems. One is a guest, the spoiled daughter of a millioniare, and the other is the disgruntled ex-foreman that Gene replaced, now just a ranch hand. Gene eventually gets the daughter straightened out but has to fire the ex-foreman and this leads to trouble when he returns intent on revenge.

Starring: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Fay McKenzie, Edith Fellows, Pierre Watkin, Joe Strauch Jr., William Haade, Sarah Padden, Jean Porter, Jimmy Wakely Trio ..
Directed by: William Morgan
Release date: 1942-03-11
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Aquarela do Brasil
11.

Aquarela do Brasil

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

José Carioca, showing Donald Duck around South America and introducing him to the samba

Starring: José Oliveira, Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1942-08-24
12.

The Great Mr Handel

3.0
6.7/10 IMDB

A lavish period drama produced in 1942 by Lord Rank's G.H.W. Productions Ltd.

Starring: Wilfrid Lawson, Elizabeth Allan, Malcolm Keen, Michael Shepley, Max Kirby ..
Directed by: Norman Walker
Release date: 1942-11-09
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Springtime in the Rockies
13.

Springtime in the Rockies

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Broadway partners Vicky Lane and Dan Christy have a tiff over Christy's womanizing. Jealous Vicky takes up with her old flame and former dance partner, Victor Price, and Dan's career takes a nosedive. In hopes of rekindling their romance and getting Vicky back on the boards with him, Dan follows her to a ritzy resort in the Canadian Rockies, where she and Victor are about to open their new act. But things get complicated when Dan wakes after a bender to find that he's hired an outlandish Latin secretary, Rosita Murphy, which makes Vicky think he's just up to his old tricks again.

Starring: Betty Grable, John Payne, Carmen Miranda, Cesar Romero, Charlotte Greenwood, Edward Everett Horton, Harry James, Jackie Gleason, Iron Eyes Cody, Bess Flowers ..
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Release date: 1942-11-06
14.

The Fleet's In

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

Shy sailor Casey Kirby suddenly becomes known as a sea wolf when his picture is taken with a famous actress. Things get complicated when bets are placed on his prowess with the ladies.

Starring: Dorothy Lamour, William Holden, Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, Leif Erickson, Betty Jane Rhodes, Barbara Britton, Cass Daley, Jimmy Dorsey, Gil Lamb ..
Directed by: Victor Schertzinger
Release date: 1942-01-24
15.

Seven Sweethearts

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Little Delft, Michigan follows the customs of old-world Holland and is known for its Tulip Festival. The owner of the hotel insists that his seven daughters marry in order, from eldest to youngest.

Starring: Kathryn Grayson, Van Heflin, Marsha Hunt, Cecilia Parker, Peggy Moran, Dorothy Morris, Frances Rafferty, Frances Raeburn, Carl Esmond, Michael Butler ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1942-11-13
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Lake Titicaca
16.

Lake Titicaca

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Donald is visiting South America, where he is first overcome by altitude sickness. He spends some time in the picturesque market. Then he take a llama up into the mountains, with exciting results.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Fred Shields ..
Directed by: William Roberts
Release date: 1942-08-24
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Syncopation
17.

Syncopation

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

A young trumpeter rises through the jazz world and finds love.

Starring: Adolphe Menjou, Jackie Cooper, Bonita Granville, George Bancroft, Robert Benchley, Walter Catlett, Ted North, Frank Jenks, Mona Barrie, Benny Goodman ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1942-05-22
Best Music Movies of 1942 : My Gal Sal
18.

My Gal Sal

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

Biopic chronicling the early life of gay nineties-era songwriter Paul Dresser as he outgrows his job as carnival entertainer and moves up into New York society, writing one hit song after another. Despite his egotistical behavior, he manages to woo and win Sally Elliott, one of the more popular songstresses of the day

Starring: Rita Hayworth, Victor Mature, John Sutton, Carole Landis, James Gleason, Phil Silvers, Walter Catlett, Mona Maris, Bess Flowers, Frank Orth ..
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Release date: 1942-04-30
Best Music Movies of 1942 : El Gaucho Goofy
19.

El Gaucho Goofy

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

American cowboy Goofy gets taken mysteriously to the Argentine pampas to learn the ways of the native gaucho.

Starring: George Johnson, Fred Shields, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1942-08-24
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Ice Capades Revue
20.

Ice Capades Revue

2.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Promoter Ann Porter decides to start her own Ice Show despite the efforts of ex-racketeer Duke Baldwin who owns a rival show. Jeff Stewart, a rich, suave young Broadwayite, falls in love with Ann and aids her in her fight against Baldwin.

Starring: Bill Shirley, Ellen Drew, Jerry Colonna, Barbara Jo Allen, Phil Taylor, Richard Denning, Harold Huber, Marilyn Hare, Pierre Watkin, Si Jenks ..
Directed by: Bernard Vorhaus
Release date: 1942-12-24
21.

Star Spangled Rhythm

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Pop, a security guard at Paramount has told his son that he's the head of the studio. When his son arrives in Hollywood on shore leave with his buddies, Pop enlists the aid of the studio's dizzy switchboard operator in pulling off the charade. Things get more complicated when Pop agrees to put together a show for the Navy starring Paramount's top contract players.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Fred MacMurray, Franchot Tone, Ray Milland, Victor Moore, Dorothy Lamour, Paulette Goddard, Vera Zorina, Mary Martin ..
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1942-03-05
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Song of the Islands
22.

Song of the Islands

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

With his sidekick Rusty, Jeff Harper sails to paradisiacal tropical isle Ahmi-Oni to bargain on behalf of his cattle baron father for land owned by transplanted Irishman Dennis O'Brien. But Jeff falls in love with O'Brien's daughter, Eileen, and even his father can't break them up after he arrives and himself falls under the spell of island splendor.

Starring: Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Jack Oakie, Thomas Mitchell, George Barbier, Billy Gilbert, Hilo Hattie, Lillian Porter, Harry Owens and His Royal Hawaiians ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1942-03-13
Best Music Movies of 1942 : What's Cookin'?
23.

What's Cookin'?

2.7
6.9/10 IMDB

J. P. Courtney wants to update the music on the radio program he sponsors, but his wife, Agatha Courtney, is the final authority and addicted to the classics and won't allow him to replace Professor Bistell and his symphonic orchestra. Conspiring with his daughter Sue and her friends, Marvo the Great, the Andrews Sisters, Anne Payne and bandleader Woody Herman, they devise a sabotage plot that gets rid of Professor Bistell, and a new sound is soon heard on the program.

Starring: Patty Andrews, Maxene Andrews, Laverne Andrews, Jane Frazee, Robert Paige, Gloria Jean, Leo Carrillo, Charles Butterworth, Billie Burke, Grace McDonald ..
Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1942-02-20
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Always in My Heart
24.

Always in My Heart

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

A man is pardoned from prison and returns to Santa Rita, CA to be with his family, but discovers his children have been told he's dead and his wife is in love with another man.

Starring: Kay Francis, Walter Huston, Gloria Warren, Patti Hale, Frankie Thomas, Sidney Blackmer, Una O'Connor, Armida, Frank Puglia, Russell Arms ..
Directed by: Jo Graham
Release date: 1942-03-14
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Sing Your Worries Away
25.

Sing Your Worries Away

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

This package for comedy and the musical numbers has Luke Brown being drugged by the gangster operators of the swank Boathouse Inn; most notably Roxie a sexy pickpocket. Brown has information that Chow Brewster and his cousin have inherited $3,000,000. The owner of the Inn intends to keep Brown under wraps until they can drive Chow to suicide. He will then marry Chow's cousin before she finds out about her inheritance.

Starring: Bert Lahr, June Havoc, Buddy Ebsen, Patsy Kelly, Dorothy Lovett, Sam Levene, Margaret Dumont, Theresa Harris, The King Sisters ..
Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Release date: 1942-03-06
Best Music Movies of 1942 : The Mayor of 44th Street
26.

The Mayor of 44th Street

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

In this drama, an ex-vaudevillian dancer opens up a dance band agency and help street kids at the same time by hiring them to help out. Unfortunately, the local gang of hood's leader resists his attempts. More trouble ensues when the dancer helps a convict gain parole by hiring him. It later turns out that the ex-con is only interested in trying to use the agency as a front for extortion. Songs include the Oscar nominated "When There's a Breeze on Lake Louise," "Your Face Looks Familiar," "Heavenly, Isn't He?" "Let's Forget It," "You're Bad For Me," and "A Million Miles From Manhattan."

Starring: George Murphy, Anne Shirley, William Gargan, Richard Barthelmess, Joan Merrill, Freddy Martin, Rex Downing, Millard Mitchell, Mary Wickes, Eddie Hart ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1942-10-15
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Iceland
27.

Iceland

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

Marine James Murfin, is unaware of Icelandic customs. When he flirts with Katina her Icelandic family take his actions as a proposal of marriage to Katina. Desperately wanting out, James gets his buddy to help him.

Starring: Sonja Henie, John Payne, Jack Oakie, Felix Bressart, Sterling Holloway, Osa Massen, Fritz Feld, Adeline De Walt Reynolds, Joan Merrill, Louis Adlon ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1942-09-21
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Cairo
28.

Cairo

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

Reporter Homer Smith accidently draws Marcia Warren into his mission to stop Nazis from bombing Allied Conwoys with robot-planes.

Starring: Jeanette MacDonald, Robert Young, Ethel Waters, Reginald Owen, Grant Mitchell, Lionel Atwill, Eduardo Ciannelli, Mitchell Lewis, Dooley Wilson, Jacqueline Dalya ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1942-08-17
Best Music Movies of 1942 : The Yankee Doodler
29.

The Yankee Doodler

2.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Ancestors of music videos, YANKEE DOODLER, ROSIE THE RIVETER, and DEAR ARABELLA were made during World War II for coin-operated jukebox devices found in restaurants, bars and train stations. On built-in glass screens, they projected 16mm films of artists performing popular tunes. These examples, although not in perfect condition, are time capsules of their era. William Frawley was a vaudevillian and musical comedy performer decades before he played Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy.

Starring: William Frawley ..
Directed by: Herbert Moulton
Release date: 1942-11-08
30.

We’ll Smile Again

2.4
5.2/10 IMDB

Nazi spies infiltrate a British film studio with the intention of sending coded messages in the films they produce.

Starring: Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allen, Meinhart Maur, Phyllis Stanley, Horace Kenney, Peggy Dexter, Sonny Miller, Gordon McLeod, Alexander Kardan, Julian Vedey ..
Directed by: John Baxter
Release date: 1942-12-07
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Sweater Girl
31.

Sweater Girl

2.4
6.9/10 IMDB

College students attempt to solve a series of murders on campus while also trying to put together the school's big show.

Starring: Eddie Bracken, June Preisser, Phillip Terry, Nils Asther, Frieda Inescort, Betty Jane Rhodes, Kenneth Howell, Johnny Johnston, William Henry, Ella Neal ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1942-07-13
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Let Me Off Uptown
32.

Let Me Off Uptown

2.4
6.9/10 IMDB

Anita O'Day with Gene Krupa and His Orchestra perform "Let Me Off Uptown".

Starring: Gene Krupa, Anita O'Day, Roy Eldridge ..
Release date: 1942-01-12
Best Music Movies of 1942 : The Balloon Goes Up
33.

The Balloon Goes Up

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

Balloon unit WAAFs catch German spies.

Starring: Ethel Revnell, Gracie West, Ronald Shiner, Donald Peers, Gordon McLeod, Gertrude Maesmore Morris, Elsie Wagstaff, Esma Lewis, Miles Silverton ..
Directed by: Redd Davis
Release date: 1942-12-01
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Johnny Doughboy
34.

Johnny Doughboy

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

A grown-up Jane Withers is joined by a whole slew of former child stars in the lightweight Republic musical Johnny Doughboy. Withers capably essays the part of a teenaged movie star who tires of the spotlight and runs away from Hollywood. Adopting an alias, she joins "The Junior Victory Caravan", a group of youthful USO performers. She also pursues a romance with much-older playwright Henry Wilcoxon, only to be (deliberately) disillusioned by the man. Among the juvenile favorites making cameo appearances in Johnny Doughboy are Bobby Breen, Baby Sandy, Butch & Buddy, Cora Sue Collins, Robert Coogan (Jackie's brother) and ex-"Little Rascals" George "Spanky" McFarland and Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer.

Starring: Jane Withers, Henry Wilcoxon, Patrick Brook, William Demarest, Jack Boyle, William Demarest, Ruth Donnelly, Etta McDaniel, Joline Westbrook, Bobby Breen ..
Directed by: John H. Auer
Release date: 1942-12-31
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Stagecoach Buckaroo
35.

Stagecoach Buckaroo

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

Saved from a lynching party by a pair of young women, an itinerant cowpuncher signs on as a stagecoach guard to protect a shipment of gold.

Starring: Johnny Mack Brown, Fuzzy Knight, Nell O'Day, Anne Nagel, Herbert Rawlinson, Glenn Strange, Henry Hall, Ernie Adams, Lloyd Ingraham, Frank Brownlee ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor
Release date: 1942-02-13
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Get Hep to Love
36.

Get Hep to Love

2.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Orphan prodigy singer runs away from her oppressive aunt and tricks a rural couple into adopting her.

Starring: Gloria Jean, Donald O'Connor, Jane Frazee, Robert Paige, Peggy Ryan, John Abbott, Edith Barrett, Cora Sue Collins, Nana Bryant, Irving Bacon ..
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1942-10-02
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Six Hits and a Miss
37.

Six Hits and a Miss

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

A musical which begins with six men and a woman singing; then a dance number; finally, the six men and woman sing again.

Starring: Six Hits and a Miss, Ruby Keeler, Paul Draper, Marvin Bailey, Pauline Byrne, Vince Degen, Mack McLean, Bill Seckler ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1942-10-24
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Private Buckaroo
38.

Private Buckaroo

2.2
5.8/10 IMDB

The film tells the story of army recruits following basic training, with the Andrew Sisters attending USO dances. The film is a mixture of comedy and songs.

Starring: Dick Foran, Joe E. Lewis, Jennifer Holt, Ernest Truex, Laverne Andrews, Maxene Andrews, Patty Andrews, Shemp Howard, Mary Wickes, Donald O'Connor ..
Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1942-06-12
39.

Minnie the Moocher

2.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Cab Calloway performing his famous hit "Minnie the Moocher".

Starring: Cab Calloway, Cozy Cole ..
Release date: 1942-03-27
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Arizona Round-Up
40.

Arizona Round-Up

2.2
5.3/10 IMDB

Tom Kenyon and his sidekick Pierre La Farge are hired by rancher Mike O'Day who, with his daughters Toni and Sugar, provides wild horses for the government remount station.

Starring: Tom Keene, Frank Yaconelli, Sugar Dawn, Jack Ingram, Hope Blackwood, Steve Clark, I. Stanford Jolley, Tom Seidel, Nick Moro, Hal Price ..
Directed by: Robert Emmett Tansey
Release date: 1942-06-03
Best Music Movies of 1942 : The Gay Parisian
41.

The Gay Parisian

2.2
5.6/10 IMDB

The Gay Parisian is an American short film produced in 1941 by Warner Bros. featuring the Ballet Russe de Monte-Carlo and directed by Jean Negulesco. The film is a screen adaptation, in Technicolor, of the 1938 ballet Gaîté Parisienne, choreographed by Léonide Massine to music by Jacques Offenbach. It was nominated for an Academy Award at the 14th Academy Awards for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel).

Starring: Léonide Massine, Milada Mladova, Frederic Franklin, Nathalie Krassovska, Andre Eglevsky, Igor Youskevitch, Cyd Charisse, Marc Platt, George Zoritch, James Starbuck ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1942-01-10
Best Music Movies of 1942 : We Must Have Music
42.

We Must Have Music

2.2
5.9/10 IMDB

A short history of movie music is presented, from silent films accompanied by a single piano, to the elaborate song scores for musicals (with scenes from MGM's musicals) and background music for dramas. Conductor/composer

Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Whitbeck, Busby Berkeley, Risë Stevens, Herbert Stothart, Bronislau Kaper ..
Directed by: Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1942-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Call Out the Marines
43.

Call Out the Marines

2.0
5.0/10 IMDB

Two Marine sergeants (Victor McLaglen, Edmund Lowe) flirt with a cafe girl (Binnie Barnes) in San Diego, then find out she's a spy.

Starring: Victor McLaglen, Edmund Lowe, Binnie Barnes, Paul Kelly, Robert Smith, Dorothy Lovett, Franklin Pangborn, Corinna Mura, Robert Smith ..
Directed by: William Hamilton, Frank Ryan
Release date: 1942-02-13
Best Music Movies of 1942 : The Yanks Are Coming
44.

The Yanks Are Coming

2.0
4.2/10 IMDB

A popular band joins the army with the idea of putting on shows for troops overseas. During rehearsals, a battle erupts and the musicians must exchange their musical instruments for guns and fight.

Starring: Henry King, Mary Healy, Jack Heller, Maxie Rosenbloom, William Roberts, Harry Parke, Dorothy Dare, Lynn Starr, Jane Novak, Charles Purcell ..
Directed by: Alexis Thurn-Taxis
Release date: 1942-11-09
45.

The Star-Spangled Banner

1.7
5.1/10 IMDB

Movietone News produced this short (two-minute) sing-along version of United States' national anthem featuring the popular chorus, "Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians." While the Star-Spangled Banner is sung, a patriotic montage of scenes appears in the background.

Starring: Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians ..
Release date: 1942-11-17
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Sleepytime Gal
46.

Sleepytime Gal

1.7
7.4/10 IMDB

Bessie Cobb, cake decorator in the kitchen of one of Miami's swankier hotels, is the central figure in an elaborate scheme by Chick Patterson, bell captain, who believes he can not only enrich Bessie, but himself, his fiancée, and the kitchen's three screwball chefs, Chef Popodopolis, Chef Petrovich and Chef Barzumium. He plans to enter Bessie in the singing contest sponsored by band-leader Danny Marlowe for a large recording company looking for new talent.. Chick has a recording made of Bessie's voice and substitutes it for that of "Sugar" Caston, who is being sponsored by a big-time gangster and is set up to win. But members of a rival gang, out to get "Sugar", mistake Besiie for her.

Starring: Judy Canova, Tom Brown, Billy Gilbert, Ruth Terry, Thurston Hall, Elisha Cook Jr., Jerry Lester, Mildred Coles, Harold Huber, Fritz Feld ..
Directed by: Albert S. Rogell
Release date: 1942-03-05
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Flying with Music
47.

Flying with Music

1.7
4.5/10 IMDB

The "Flyer" in question is William Marshall, a young man falsely accused of a crime. Escaping the clutches of the law, he becomes involved with several pretty young ladies. Marjorie Woodworth plays the girl who helps Marshall in his escape, pausing occasionally to participate in a some lively but forgettable musical numbers.

Starring: Marjorie Woodworth, George Givot, William Marshall, Edward Gargan, Jerry Bergen, Norma Varden, Dorothy Kelly ..
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1942-05-22
Best Music Movies of 1942 : Give Out, Sisters
48.

Give Out, Sisters

1.6
7.0/10 IMDB

The Andrews Sisters headline this musical. They play the lead act at a popular nightclub. The trouble begins when they hire a few students from a financially foundering dance school for their newest production. One of the dancers, a rich young socialite, desperately wants to be in it too, but her prurient maiden aunts refuse to allow her to disgrace their family by becoming a common chorine. She and the club owner (who must have the aunt's permission because the girl is underage) try to convince them, but it's not easy.

Starring: Laverne Andrews, Patty Andrews, Maxene Andrews, Grace McDonald, Dan Dailey, Charles Butterworth, Walter Catlett, William Frawley, Donald O'Connor ..
Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1942-09-01
Best Music Movies of 1942 : When Johnny Comes Marching Home
49.

When Johnny Comes Marching Home

1.6
6.7/10 IMDB

By popular consensus, Allan Jones' best Universal mini-musical of the 1940s was the timely When Johnny Comes Marching Home. Jones is cast as war hero Johnny Kovacs, who wearies of the adulation heaped upon him and takes refuge under an assumed name in a theatrical boarding house. Here he befriends orchestra leader Phil Spitalny and his all-girl aggregation, including the inimitable Evelyn and Her Magic Violin. When Army officials trace Johnny to the boarding house, his new friends assume that he's a deserter and try to convince him to return to duty.

Starring: Allan Jones, Jane Frazee, Gloria Jean, Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan, Paul Everton, Grace Hayes, Richard Davies ..
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1942-12-24
50.

Calling All Girls

1.5
6.6/10 IMDB

The process by which girls are chosen for chorus line members in movie musical is shown. Numbers from popular 1930s musicals are then presented. These include "Don't Say Goodnight" from Wonder Bar (1934); "Lullaby of Broadway" from Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935) ; "Shadow Waltz" from Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933); and "By a Waterfall" and "Shanghai Lil" from Footlight Parade (1933).

Starring: Owen Crump, James Cagney, Ruby Keeler ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1942-01-24

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