Best Music Movies of 1943


Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather
Dancing great Bill Williamson sees his face on the cover of Theatre World magazine and reminisces: Just back from World War I, he meets lovely singer Selina Rogers at a soldiers' ball and promises to come back to her when he "gets to be somebody." Years go by, and Bill and Selina's rising careers intersect only briefly, since Selina is unwilling to "settle down." Will she ever change her mind? Concludes with a big all-star show hosted by Cab Calloway.
Starring: Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway, Katherine Dunham, Fats Waller
Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
Release date: 1943-07-21

The Yankee Doodle Mouse

The Yankee Doodle Mouse
As Tom and Jerry stage their typical fight sequences, the patriotic soldier theme of the title is evidenced by such things as a carton of eggs labeled "Hen Grenades"; Jerry dropping light bulbs from an airplane like bombs; and Jerry sending a telegram with the message "Sighted Cat - Sank Same." Musical phrasings from various patriotic war songs are heard throughout.
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1943-01-01

Thank Your Lucky Stars


An Eddie Cantor look-alike organizes an all-star show to help the war effort.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Eddie Cantor, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1943-09-25

Du Barry Was a Lady


Hat check man Louis Blore is in love with nightclub star May Daly. May, however, is love with a poor dancer, but wants to marry for money. When Louis wins the Irish Sweepstakes, he asks May to marry him and she accepts even though she doesn't love him. Soon after, Louis has an accident and gets knocked on the head, where he dreams that he's King Louis XV pursuing the infamous Madame Du Barry.

Starring: Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Virginia O'Brien, Rags Ragland
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1943-08-13

The Gang's All Here


Playboy Andy Mason, on leave from the army, romances showgirl Edie Allen overnight to such effect that she's starry-eyed when he leaves next morning for active duty in the Pacific. Only trouble is, he gave her the assumed name of Casey. Andy's eventual return with a medal is celebrated by his rich father with a benefit show featuring Eadie's show troupe, at which she's sure to learn his true identity...and meet Vivian, his 'family-arrangement' fiancée. Mostly song and dance.

Starring: Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Phil Baker, Benny Goodman, Eugene Pallette
Directed by: Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1943-12-24

The Constant Nymph


The daughter of a musical mentor adores a promising composer, who is quite fond of the adolescent. When her father dies, an uncle arrives with his own grown daughter, who begins a romance with the composer which culminates in marriage but creates an emotional rivalry that affects the three.

Starring: Charles Boyer, Joan Fontaine, Alexis Smith, Brenda Marshall, Charles Coburn
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1943-06-23

Phantom of the Opera


Pit violinist Claudin hopelessly loves rising operatic soprano Christine Dubois (as do baritone Anatole and police inspector Raoul) and secretly aids her career. But Claudin loses both his touch and his job, murders a rascally music publisher in a fit of madness, and has his face etched with acid. Soon, mysterious crimes plague the Paris Opera House, blamed on a legendary "phantom".

Starring: Nelson Eddy, Susanna Foster, Claude Rains, Edgar Barrier, Leo Carrillo
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1943-08-27

Hello, Frisco, Hello


In turn-of-the-century San Francisco, an ambitious vaudevillian takes his quartet from a honky tonk to the big time, while spurning the love of his troupe's star singer for a selfish heiress.

Starring: Alice Faye, John Payne, Jack Oakie, Lynn Bari, Laird Cregar
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1943-03-26

Reveille with Beverly


Beverly Ross (Ann Miller), the switchboard operator at a local radio station, jumps at the chance to be the DJ for an early morning show before the soldiers at a nearby army camp assemble for reveille. Beverly, with her modern music, camp bulletins and chatter, is a hit with the soldiers. Beverly's younger brother and his two buddies are soldiers at the camp. The buddies vie for Beverly's attentions.

Starring: Ann Miller, William Wright, Dick Purcell, Franklin Pangborn, Frank Sinatra
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1943-02-04

Sweet Rosie O'Grady

Sweet Rosie O'Grady
An American singer becomes engaged to an English duke, but is continuously pestered over her past as a burlesque dancer by a reporter from her hometown.
Starring: Betty Grable, Robert Young, Adolphe Menjou, Reginald Gardiner, Virginia Grey
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Release date: 1943-10-01

Best Foot Forward


Bud Hooper, a cadet at Winsocki Military Academy, sends an invitation to movie star Lucille Ball to come to Winsocki's big dance. Ball's publicity-hungry agent convinces her to go in order to boost her career. Complications arise when Bud's girlfriend Helen Schlesinger unexpectedly shows up, too.

Starring: Lucille Ball, William Gaxton, Virginia Weidler, Tommy Dix, Nancy Walker
Directed by: Edward Buzzell
Release date: 1943-10-08

The Desert Song

The Desert Song
Paul Hudson, leads a group of desert bandits against some Nazis, who want to use them as cheap labor for their railroad.
Starring: Dennis Morgan, Irene Manning, Bruce Cabot, Lynne Overman, Gene Lockhart
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1943-12-17

Thousands Cheer


Acrobat Eddie Marsh is in the army now. His first act is to become friendly with Kathryn Jones, the colonel's pretty daughter. Their romance hits a few snags, including disapproval from her father. Eddie's also plagued by fear of having an accident during his family's trapeze act in the army variety show, which also features a gallery of MGM stars.

Starring: Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly, Mary Astor, John Boles, Ben Blue
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1943-01-01

Higher and Higher

Higher and Higher
1943 musical comedy with Frank Sinatra. A valet to a bankrupt millionaire plans to rebuild his boss's fortune by passing a scullery maid off as a high-society debutante. Based on a 1940 Broadway musical.
Starring: Michèle Morgan, Jack Haley, Frank Sinatra, Leon Errol, Barbara Hale
Directed by: Tim Whelan
Release date: 1943-12-31

Three Cheers for the Girls

Three Cheers for the Girls
This film showcases six production numbers from various Warner Brothers musicals.
Starring: Lynn Baggett, Lois January, Allen Jenkins, Dolores Moran, Flower Parry
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1943-05-08

Something to Shout About

Something to Shout About
A press agent (Don Ameche), a composer (Janet Blair) and a landlord (Jack Oakie) of a theatrical boardinghouse revive vaudeville on Broadway.
Starring: Don Ameche, Janet Blair, Jack Oakie, William Gaxton, Cobina Wright
Directed by: Gregory Ratoff
Release date: 1943-02-25

I Dood It


Constance Shaw, a Broadway dance star, and Joseph Rivington Reynolds, a keen fan of hers, marry after she breaks up with her fiancé. Connie thinks Joseph owns a gold mine, but he actually works as a presser at a hotel valet shop. When everyone learns what he really is, Joseph is banned from the theater. When he sneaks in again, he learns of a plot to set off a bomb in the adjoining munitions warehouse.

Starring: Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Richard Ainley, Patricia Dane, Sam Levene
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1943-09-01

Swing Fever


Comedy about a bandleader with hypnotic powers.

Starring: Kay Kyser, Marilyn Maxwell, William Gargan, Nat Pendleton, Lena Horne
Directed by: Tim Whelan
Release date: 1943-11-01

Tahiti Honey

Tahiti Honey
The "Eleven Brooklyn Bombshells," a band led by Mickey Monroe ('Dennis O'Keefe (I)' ), are stranded in Tahiti at the time of the fall of France to the Nazis. Suzette "Suzie" Durand (Simone Simon). a French-American girl singing in a nightclub is consumed with a desire to go to the United States. Things go from bad to worse for the band,. and they are faced with the necessity of either taking a girl singer into the group,which they all regard as bad luck, or starving. The band insists that she be dropped as soon as they can earn enough to catch a bot home. But Mickey falls in love with Suzie, and smuggles her on board the ship.
Starring: Simone Simon, Dennis O'Keefe, Michael Whalen, Lionel Stander, Wally Vernon
Directed by: John H. Auer
Release date: 1943-04-06

Mister Big

Mister Big
Students at the Davis School of the Theatre are assigned "Antigone" as their class play, but they conspire to do a swing musical instead.
Starring: Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan, Gloria Jean, Florence Bates, Robert Paige
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1943-05-28

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