Best Music Movies of 1944

1.

Meet Me in St. Louis

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

In the year before the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

Starring: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Leon Ames, Tom Drake, Marjorie Main, Harry Davenport, June Lockhart, Henry H. Daniels Jr. ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1944-11-28
2.

The Three Caballeros

4.6
6.4/10 IMDB

For Donald's birthday he receives a box with three gifts inside. The gifts, a movie projector, a pop-up book, and a pinata, each take Donald on wild adventures through Mexico and South America.

Starring: Sterling Holloway, Clarence Nash, Joaquin Garay, José Oliveira, Aurora Miranda, Carmen Molina, Dora Luz, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, William Roberts, Harold Young, Norman Ferguson
Release date: 1944-07-21
3.

Going My Way

4.5
7.1/10 IMDB

Youthful Father Chuck O'Malley led a colorful life of sports, song, and romance before joining the Roman Catholic clergy. After being appointed to a run-down New York parish, O'Malley's worldly knowledge helps him connect with a gang of boys looking for direction, eventually winning over the aging, conventional Parish priest.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown, Gene Lockhart, Jean Heather, Porter Hall, Fortunio Bonanova, Eily Malyon, Risë Stevens ..
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1944-05-15
4.

Hollywood Canteen

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Two soldiers on leave spend three nights at a club offering free of charge food, dancing, and entertainment for servicemen on their way overseas. Club founders Bette Davis and John Garfield give talks on the history of the place.

Starring: Laverne Andrews, Maxene Andrews, Patty Andrews, Jack Benny, Joe E. Brown, Eddie Cantor, Kitty Carlisle, Jack Carson, Dane Clark, Joan Crawford ..
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1944-12-15
5.

Bathing Beauty

3.6
6.5/10 IMDB

After breaking up with her fiancé, a gym teacher returns to work at a women's college, but a legal loophole allows him to enroll as one of her students.

Starring: Red Skelton, Esther Williams, Basil Rathbone, Bill Goodwin, Jean Porter, Nana Bryant, Carlos Ramírez, Ethel Smith, Lina Romay, Helen Forrest ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1944-06-27
Best Music Movies of 1944 : And the Angels Sing
6.

And the Angels Sing

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

The singing/dancing Angel sisters, Nancy, Bobby, Josie, and Patti, aren't interested in performing together, and this plays havoc with the plans of Pop Angel to buy a soy bean farm. They do accept an offer of ten dollars to sing at a dubious night club on the edge of town where a band led by Happy Marshall is playing.

Starring: Dorothy Lamour, Fred MacMurray, Betty Hutton, Diana Lynn, Mimi Chandler, Raymond Walburn, Eddie Foy Jr., Frank Albertson, Mikhail Rasumny, Frank Faylen ..
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1944-04-25
Best Music Movies of 1944 : The Merry Monahans
7.

The Merry Monahans

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

The Merry Monahans is one of the higher-budgeted Universal musicals of the 1940s, even though the storyline is strictly grade-B material. During the first two decades of the 20th century the film concerns a family vaudeville troupe headed by patriarch Pete Monahan (Jack Oakie). Because of his love affair with the bottle, Pete manages to get himself and his family blacklisted from every major vaude house in the country. Though Pete's kids Jimmy (Donald O'Connor) and Patsy (Peggy Ryan) love their dad, they're forced to break away from the act and go off on their own to survive. Eventually, the whole gang is reunited in a shamelessly lachrymose musical finale. Producer-scripters Michael Fessier and Ernest Pagano, whose other works include such offbeat comedies as San Diego I Love You, Frontier Gal and That's the Spirit, manage to keep the proceedings relatively cliché-free, though it's an uphill climb.

Starring: Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan, Jack Oakie, Ann Blyth, Rosemary DeCamp, John Miljan, Isabel Jewell, Gavin Muir, Marion Martin, Ian Wolfe ..
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1944-09-15
8.

Song of Russia

3.0
5.9/10 IMDB

American conductor John Meredith and his manager, Hank Higgins, go to Russia shortly before the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. Meredith falls in love with beautiful Soviet pianist Nadya Stepanova while they travel throughout the country on a 40-city tour. Along the way, they see happy, healthy, smiling, free Soviet citizens, blissfully living the Communist dream. This bliss is destroyed by the German invasion.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Susan Peters, John Hodiak, Robert Benchley, Felix Bressart, Michael Chekhov, Darryl Hickman, Jacqueline White ..
Directed by: Gregory Ratoff
Release date: 1944-02-10
9.

Music for Millions

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Six-year-old "Mike" goes to live with her pregnant older sister, Babs, who plays string bass in José Iturbi's orchestra. And the orchestra is rapidly turning completely female, what with the draft. As the orchestra travels around the country, Babs' fellow orchestra members intercept and hide her War Office telegram to protect the baby.

Starring: Margaret O'Brien, Jimmy Durante, José Iturbi, June Allyson, Marsha Hunt, Hugh Herbert, Harry Davenport, Marie Wilson, Larry Adler, Ben Lessy ..
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1944-12-18
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Up in Arms
10.

Up in Arms

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Hypochondriac Danny Weems gets drafted and accidentally smuggles his girlfriend aboard his Pacific-bound troopship.

Starring: Danny Kaye, Dinah Shore, Dana Andrews, Constance Dowling, Knox Manning, Louis Calhern, George Mathews, Benny Baker, Lyle Talbot, Walter Catlett ..
Directed by: Elliott Nugent
Release date: 1944-02-17

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