Best Music Movies of 1943

1.

The Yankee Doodle Mouse

3.9
7.8/10 IMDB

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: 1943-06-26
2.

The Hard Way

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Helen Sherman pushes her younger sister Katherine into show business in order to escape their small town poverty.

Starring: Ida Lupino, Dennis Morgan, Joan Leslie, Jack Carson, Gladys George, Faye Emerson, Paul Cavanagh, Virginia Brissac, Ann Doran, Thurston Hall ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1943-01-13
3.

Cabin in the Sky

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

When compulsive gambler Little Joe Jackson dies in a drunken fight, he awakens in purgatory, where he learns that he will be sent back to Earth for six months to prove that he deserves to be in heaven. He awakens, remembering nothing and struggles to do right by his devout wife, Petunia, while an angel known as the General and the devil's son, Lucifer Jr., fight for his soul.

Starring: Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Rex Ingram, Kenneth Spencer, John W. Bubbles, Oscar Polk, Mantan Moreland, Willie Best ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli, Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1943-04-09
4.

Thank Your Lucky Stars

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

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, John Garfield, Joan Leslie, Ida Lupino, Dennis Morgan, Ann Sheridan ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1943-09-25
5.

Du Barry Was a Lady

3.5
6.3/10 IMDB

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, Zero Mostel, Donald Meek, Douglass Dumbrille, George Givot, Louise Beavers ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1943-08-13
6.

Girl Crazy

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Rich kid Danny Churchill has a taste for wine, women and song, but not for higher education. So his father ships him to an all-male college out West where there's not supposed to be a female for miles. But before Danny arrives, he spies a pair of legs extending out from under a stalled roadster. They belong to the Dean's granddaughter, Ginger Gray, who is more interested in keeping the financially strapped college open than falling for Danny's romantic line. At least at first...

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Gil Stratton, Robert E. Strickland, Rags Ragland, June Allyson, Nancy Walker, Guy Kibbee, Frances Rafferty, Henry O'Neill ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog, Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1943-11-26
7.

The Gang's All Here

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

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, Charlotte Greenwood, Edward Everett Horton, Tony De Marco, James Ellison, Sheila Ryan ..
Directed by: Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1943-12-24
8.

The Constant Nymph

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

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, May Whitty, Peter Lorre, Joyce Reynolds, Jean Muir, Montagu Love ..
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1943-06-23
9.

Phantom of the Opera

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

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, Jane Farrar, J. Edward Bromberg, Fritz Feld, Frank Puglia, Steven Geray ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1943-08-12
Best Music Movies of 1943 : Stage Door Canteen
10.

Stage Door Canteen

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

A young soldier on a pass in New York City visits the famed Stage Door Canteen, where famous stars of the theater and films appear and host a recreational center for servicemen during the war. The soldier meets a pretty young hostess and they enjoy the many entertainers and a growing romance

Starring: Judith Anderson, Tallulah Bankhead, Kenny Baker, Ralph Bellamy, Helen Hayes, Katharine Hepburn, Hugh Herbert, Jean Hersholt, Lynn Fontanne, Anne G. Sterling ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1943-06-24

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