Best Music Movies of 1944


Meet Me in St. Louis

7.5/10 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

Going My Way

7.0/10 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

The Three Caballeros

6.3/10 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: 1944-12-21

Hollywood Canteen

7.0/10 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

Cover Girl

6.7/10 IMDB

A nightclub dancer makes it big in modeling, leaving her dancer boyfriend behind.

Starring: Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Lee Bowman, Phil Silvers, Jinx Falkenburg, Leslie Brooks, Eve Arden, Otto Kruger, Jess Barker, Anita Colby ..
Directed by: Charles Vidor
Release date: 1944-03-22
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Up in Arms

Up in Arms

6.2/10 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
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Wilson


6.4/10 IMDB

The political career of Woodrow Wilson is chronicled, beginning with his decision to leave his post at Princeton to run for Governor of New Jersey, and his subsequent ascent to the Presidency of the United States. During his terms in office, Wilson must deal with the death of his first wife, the onslaught of German hostilities leading to American involvement in the Great War, and his own country's reticence to join the League of Nations.

Starring: Charles Coburn, Alexander Knox, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Thomas Mitchell, Ruth Nelson, Cedric Hardwicke, Vincent Price, William Eythe, Mary Anderson, Ruth Ford ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1944-08-01

Bathing Beauty

6.4/10 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 : In Society

In Society

6.6/10 IMDB

Two bumbling plumbers are hired by a socialite to fix a leak. A case of mistaken identity gets the pair an invitation to a fancy party and an entree into high society. As expected, things don't go too smoothly

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marion Hutton, Kirby Grant, Margaret Irving, Ann Gillis, Arthur Treacher, Thomas Gomez, George Dolenz, Steven Geray ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1944-08-16
Best Music Movies of 1944 : And the Angels Sing

And the Angels Sing

6.2/10 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 : Jammin' the Blues

Jammin' the Blues

7.9/10 IMDB

In this short film, prominent jazz musicians of the 1940s gather for a rare filming of a jam session. This highly stylized chronicle features tenor sax legend Lester Young.

Starring: Lester Young, George 'Red' Callender, Harry Edison, Marlowe Morris, Sidney Catlett, Barney Kessel, Jo Jones, John Simmons, Illinois Jacquet, Marie Bryant ..
Directed by: Gjon Mili
Release date: 1944-05-05
Best Music Movies of 1944 : The Merry Monahans

The Merry Monahans

7.0/10 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

Song of Russia

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, Patricia Prest, Joan Lorring ..
Directed by: Gregory Ratoff
Release date: 1944-02-10
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Oklahoma Raiders

Oklahoma Raiders

6.0/10 IMDB

In this western, two cowboys go to buy fresh horses for the cavalry and end up taking on two badguys and a female vigilante.

Starring: Tex Ritter, Fuzzy Knight, Dennis Moore, Jennifer Holt, Jack Ingram, George Eldredge, John Elliott, Slim Whitaker, I. Stanford Jolley, Richard Alexander ..
Directed by: Lewis D. Collins
Release date: 1944-03-17

Music for Millions

6.6/10 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

Step Lively

6.0/10 IMDB

Fly-by-night producers dodge bill collectors while trying for one big hit.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, George Murphy, Adolphe Menjou, Gloria DeHaven, Walter Slezak, Eugene Pallette, Wally Brown, Alan Carney, Grant Mitchell, Anne Jeffreys ..
Directed by: Tim Whelan
Release date: 1944-07-26
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village

6.2/10 IMDB

In 1922, a would-be classical composer gets involved with people putting on a musical revue.

Starring: Carmen Miranda, Don Ameche, William Bendix, Vivian Blaine, Felix Bressart, Tony De Marco, Sally De Marco, B.S. Pully, Emil Rameau, Judy Holliday ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1944-09-27

Shine on Harvest Moon

6.3/10 IMDB

Biographical movie about the early 20th century broadway stars Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth.

Starring: Ann Sheridan, Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, Irene Manning, S.Z. Sakall, Marie Wilson, Robert Shayne, Bob Murphy, Dickie Humphreys ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1944-03-10
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Hi, Good Lookin'!

Hi, Good Lookin'!

7.1/10 IMDB

An usher at a radio station studio pretends to be an executive at the station in order to help a pretty girl become a singer.

Starring: Harriet Nelson, Eddie Quillan, Kirby Grant, Betty Kean, Roscoe Karns, Vivian Austin, Marjorie Gateson, Fuzzy Knight, Milburn Stone, Milburn Stone ..
Directed by: Edward C. Lilley
Release date: 1944-03-22

Jam Session

6.3/10 IMDB

A young woman from Kansas (Ann Miller) arrives in Hollywood with hopes of a movie career.

Starring: Ann Miller, Jess Barker, Louis Armstrong, Jo Stafford, Charles D. Brown, Eddie Kane, George Eldredge, Renie Riano, Clarence Muse, Pauline Drake ..
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1944-04-13
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Pin Up Girl

Pin Up Girl

6.0/10 IMDB

Glamorous Lorry Jones, the toast of a Missouri military canteen, has become "engaged" to almost every serviceman she's signed her pin-up photo for. Now she's leaving home to go into government service (not, as she fantasizes, to join the USO). On a side trip to New York, her vivid imagination leads her to True Love with naval hero Tommy Dooley; but increasingly involved Musical Comedy Complications follow.

Starring: Betty Grable, John Harvey, Martha Raye, Joe E. Brown, Eugene Pallette, Dorothea Kent, Dave Willock, Mantan Moreland, Bess Flowers, Hermes Pan ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1944-04-25
Best Music Movies of 1944 : One Exciting Night

One Exciting Night

6.1/10 IMDB

A young singer meets a man who is the victim of a kidnap plot, and is assumed by the gang to be his girlfriend.

Starring: Vera Lynn, Donald Stewart, Mary Clare, Frederick Leister, Phyllis Stanley, Cyril Smith, Richard Murdoch, Mavis Villiers, Peggy Anne, Jeanette Redgrave ..
Directed by: Walter Forde
Release date: 1944-12-04
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Four Jills in a Jeep

Four Jills in a Jeep

6.3/10 IMDB

Reenactments of actual USO experiences of its female stars entertaining troops overseas.

Starring: Kay Francis, Carole Landis, Martha Raye, Mitzi Mayfair, Jimmy Dorsey, Phil Silvers, Dick Haymes, Alice Faye, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1944-03-17
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Sensations of 1945

Sensations of 1945

6.1/10 IMDB

As dancer Ginny Walker performs on stage, a veiled woman in the audience stands up, accuses Ginny of stealing her husband and then fires a gun at her. After Ginny collapses and is taken to her dressing room, the woman, Julia Westcolt, a friend of Ginny's, dashes backstage, discards her veil, and then congratulates her friend on their successful publicity stunt. When Ginny's press agents, Gus Crane and his son Junior, visit their client backstage, she brags about her feat and chides them for not being more creative in promoting her. Horrified at Ginny's brashness, Junior, a conservative Harvard graduate, chastises her and leaves the room.

Starring: Eleanor Powell, Dennis O'Keefe, C. Aubrey Smith, Eugene Pallette, Lyle Talbot, W.C. Fields, Sophie Tucker, Cab Calloway, Woody Herman, Mimi Forsythe ..
Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
Release date: 1944-06-30
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Atlantic City

Atlantic City

6.1/10 IMDB

In 1915, Atlantic City is a sleepy seaside resort, but Brad Taylor, son of a small hotel and vaudeville house proprietor, has big plans: he thinks it can be "the playground of the world." Brad's wheeling and dealing proves remarkably successful in attracting big enterprises and big shows, but brings him little success in personal relationships. Full of nostalgic songs and acts, some with the original artists. Reissued in 1950 as "Atlantic City Honeymoon".

Starring: Constance Moore, Stanley Brown, Charley Grapewin, Jerry Colonna, Paul Whiteman, Louis Armstrong, Robert B. Castaine, Adele Mara, Pierre Watkin, Harry Tyler ..
Directed by: Ray McCarey
Release date: 1944-09-15
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Something for the Boys

Something for the Boys

5.9/10 IMDB

The oddly-assorted Hart cousins: revue singer Blossom, con man Harry, and machinist Chiquita (who gets radio through her teeth!), inherit southern plantation Magnolia Manor, which alas proves to be a "termite trap" and tax liability. Fortunately, Sgt. Rocky Fulton from a nearby army camp appears with a plan to convert the place to a hotel for army wives; but to pay bills until then, they decide to put on a show. Of course, romantic and military complications intervene...

Starring: Carmen Miranda, Michael O'Shea, Vivian Blaine, Phil Silvers, Sheila Ryan, Perry Como, Glenn Langan, Eddie Acuff, Rory Calhoun, Chester Conklin ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler
Release date: 1944-11-01
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Alouette


6.0/10 IMDB

This animated short co-animated by René Jodoin and Norman McLaren was produced for inclusion in the Let's All Sing Together sing-along series. It illustrates the popular song Alouette, gentille alouette. The technique used is single-frame animation of paper cutouts.

Directed by: René Jodoin, Norman McLaren
Release date: 1944-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Pardon My Rhythm

Pardon My Rhythm

6.2/10 IMDB

A high school bandleader captures the interest of a popular co-ed.

Starring: Gloria Jean, Patric Knowles, Evelyn Ankers, Marjorie Weaver, Mel Tormé, Walter Catlett, Ethel Griffies, Bob Crosby, Patsy O'Connor ..
Directed by: Felix E. Feist
Release date: 1944-05-01

Rock the Boat

6.2/10 IMDB

An illustration of a traditional French Canadian song in the form of progressing cutouts and still pictures.

Directed by: Norman McLaren
Release date: 1944-12-31
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Show Business

Show Business

6.4/10 IMDB

Musical about vaudeville performers, from 1944.

Starring: Eddie Cantor, Joan Davis, George Murphy, Nancy Kelly, Dick Elliott, Constance Moore, Donald Douglas, Gloria Anderson, Dorothy Malone ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1944-05-10
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Follow the Boys

Follow the Boys

5.9/10 IMDB

During World War II, all the studios put out "all-star" vehicles which featured virtually every star on the lot--often playing themselves--in musical numbers and comedy skits, and were meant as morale-boosters to both the troops overseas and the civilians at home. This was Universal Pictures' effort. It features everyone from Donald O'Connor to the Andrews Sisters to Orson Welles to W.C. Fields to George Raft to Marlene Dietrich, and dozens of other Universal players.

Starring: George Raft, Vera Zorina, Grace McDonald, Charley Grapewin, Ramsay Ames, Charles Butterworth, Elizabeth Patterson, Regis Toomey, George Macready, Jeanette MacDonald ..
Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Release date: 1944-05-05
Best Music Movies of 1944 : La corte de faraón

La corte de faraón

6.2/10 IMDB

Remotely based on a famous Spanish zarzuela of 1910, this lavish, daring sex comedy was filmed on a gigantic art deco set that suggests ancient Egypt repurposed for an Astaire and Rogers musical. The Pharaoh, played here as a henpecked husband by the popular comedian Roberto Soto, seeks a virginal slave girl as a bride for his general Potiphar (Fernando Cortés), but Potiphar is impotent and the slave girl (played by Mapy Cortés in a swirl of high-spirited sexuality) has some ideas of her own.

Starring: Mapy Cortés, Fernando Cortés, Consuelo Guerrero de Luna, Roberto Soto, Alfredo Varela, Ernesto Alonso, Lucila Bowling, Fanny Schiller, Eugenia Galindo, Carmen Delgado ..
Directed by: Julio Bracho
Release date: 1944-06-08
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Champagne Charlie

Champagne Charlie

6.5/10 IMDB

A man from the countryside becomes London’s newest music hall sensation, and competes with a rival music hall performer for the audience’s attention.

Starring: Stanley Holloway, Betty Warren, Tommy Trinder, Jean Kent, Austin Trevor, Robert Wyndham, Harry Fowler, Drusilla Wills, Joan Carol, Bill Shine ..
Directed by: Alberto Cavalcanti
Release date: 1944-08-25
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Ghost Catchers

Ghost Catchers

5.6/10 IMDB

Two zanies get mixed up with a Southern colonel, his beautiful daughters, a nightclub and a haunted mansion.

Starring: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Leo Carrillo, Gloria Jean, Martha O'Driscoll, Andy Devine, Christine Forsyth, Lon Chaney Jr., Walter Catlett, Morton Downey ..
Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1944-06-16
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Brazil


6.0/10 IMDB

Brazil is perhaps the best of the handful of US films made by Brazilian singing sensation Tito Guizar. In typical screwball-comedy fashion, the plot is set in motion by authoress Nicky Henderson, who has hit the best-seller charts with her latest tome, Why Marry a Latin? While researching her next book in Rio De Janeiro, she finds out "why" when she meets handsome songwriter Miguel Soares. Upon learning about Nicky's book, Miguel decides to teach her a few lessons in the affairs of the heart. Edward Everett Horton is also on hand, twittering his way through the role of a well-meaning buttinsky. Thanks to the "Good Neighbor" policy of the 1940s, South American musicals were a glut on the market, but Brazil was good enough on its own merits to pay its way at the box office.

Starring: Tito Guízar, Virginia Bruce, Edward Everett Horton, Robert Livingston, Richard Lane, Veloz, Yolanda, Fortunio Bonanova, Frank Puglia, Roy Rogers ..
Directed by: Joseph Santley
Release date: 1944-11-30
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Sweet and Low-Down

Sweet and Low-Down

5.9/10 IMDB

After their annual free concert at Chicago's Dearborn Settlement, Benny Goodman and his band are packing up to go to their next engagement when a kid steals Goodman's clarinet. Goodman and Popsie pursue him to a tenement flat where he has led them to hear his brother play the trombone. Shenanigans ensue following Goodman's offering the brother a job with the band.

Starring: Benny Goodman, Linda Darnell, Jack Oakie, Lynn Bari, James Cardwell, Allyn Joslyn, John Campbell, Roy Benson, Dickie Moore ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1944-09-21
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Hymn of the Nations

Hymn of the Nations

6.1/10 IMDB

Hymn of the Nations, originally titled Arturo Toscanini: Hymn of the Nations, is a 1944 film directed by Alexander Hammid, which features the "Inno delle nazioni," a patriotic work for tenor soloist, chorus, and orchestra, composed by Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi in the early 1860s. (For this musical work, Verdi utilized the national anthems of several European nations.) In December 1943, Arturo Toscanini filmed a performance of this music for inclusion in an Office of War Information documentary about the role of Italian-Americans in aiding the Allies during World War II. Toscanini added a bridge passage to include arrangements of "The Star-Spangled Banner" for the United States and "The Internationale" for the Soviet Union and the Italian partisans. Joining Toscanini in the filmed performance in NBC Studio 8-H, were tenor Jan Peerce, the Westminster Choir, and the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The film also included the overture to Verdi's opera La Forza del Destino.

Starring: Arturo Toscanini, Jan Peerce, Burgess Meredith, Walfredo Toscanini ..
Directed by: Alexander Hammid
Release date: 1944-02-01
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

6.0/10 IMDB

Climbing to fame, Irish-American composer Ernest R. Ball romances a showgirl, who catches the eye of an underworld character.

Starring: Monty Woolley, June Haver, Dick Haymes, Anthony Quinn, Veda Ann Borg, Clarence Kolb, Leonard Warren, Blanche Thebom, Beverly Whitney, Maxie Rosenbloom ..
Directed by: Gregory Ratoff
Release date: 1944-10-19
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Broadway Rhythm

Broadway Rhythm

5.9/10 IMDB

Broadway producer Johnny Demming is only interested in big-name talent and scoffs that his sister, father and other small-time talent could be used in a successful show.

Starring: George Murphy, Ginny Simms, Charles Winninger, Gloria DeHaven, Nancy Walker, Ben Blue, Lena Horne, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Hazel Scott, Kenny Bowers ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1944-01-19
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Lady, Let's Dance

Lady, Let's Dance

5.7/10 IMDB

Singing, dancing, and ice skating are featured in this musical that focuses on ice-skating sensation Belita. The story begins as she travels to a California resort where she has been hired as a replacement for a dance team. The resort is run by a handsome fellow. As a result of the gig, the skater becomes a national star while the resort manager gets fired and becomes a drifter until he ends up in the Army. The Oscar nominated score includes the following songs: "Silver Shadows and Golden Dreams", "Dream of Dreams", "Rio", "In the Days of Beau Brummel", "Lady, Let's Dance", "Happy Hearts", "Ten Million Men and a Girl", and the rhumba standard "Esperanza".

Starring: Belita, James Ellison, Walter Catlett, Lucien Littlefield, Maurice St. Clair, Eugene Mikeler ..
Directed by: Frank Woodruff
Release date: 1944-04-11
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter

6.3/10 IMDB

In this romantic wartime comedy, four female defense plant workers share a house with four male workers. The situation is on the up and up as the men and women work different shifts and they are only making due because there is a housing shortage. Unfortunately, they soon begin to fight about who gets the house during certain hours. Romance ensues.

Starring: Jane Frazee, Frank Albertson, Barbara Jo Allen, Frank Jenks, Lloyd Corrigan, Frank Fenton, Maude Eburne, Carl Switzer ..
Directed by: Joseph Santley
Release date: 1944-04-08
Best Music Movies of 1944 : I'm from Arkansas

I'm from Arkansas

5.3/10 IMDB

A town in Arkansas makes national headlines when a local sow gives birth to 18 piglets.

Starring: Slim Summerville, El Brendel, Iris Adrian, Bruce Bennett, Al St. John, Arthur Q. Bryan, Maude Eburne, Cliff Nazarro, Carolina Cotton, Walter Baldwin ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1944-10-31
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Career Girl

Career Girl

5.5/10 IMDB

Joan Terry, from Kansas City, comes to New York to get a job on the stage. But until she finds an opportunity, she stays at a boarding house where other talent is also waiting. To get a better chance, the people there decide to build a talent pool, where the person with the most chances for a job gets the full support, trying to get jobs for the others there too - and Joan is chosen to do that. But this is not so easy when her fiance is trying to keep her away from the stage...

Starring: Frances Langford, Edward Norris, Iris Adrian, Craig Woods, Linda Brent, Alex Craig, Ariel Heath, Lorraine Krueger, Gladys Blake, Charles Judels ..
Directed by: Wallace Fox
Release date: 1944-01-11
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Groovie Movie

Groovie Movie

7.0/10 IMDB

A boogie-woogie piano introduces what purports to be a jitterbug lesson, starring prize winner Arthur Walsh, his partner, and then later various other couples. We start with steps imported from other dances, like the waltz, then sped up. Next Walsh and his partner show some basic steps, but the movements are too swift for the narrator to describe them or the viewer to learn how to do them. By the end, various couples (all but a pair of briefly-seen children are white), including some comic ones, give a high-speed demonstration as the music rocks and swings. These are hep cats. Pete Smith's narration is full of slang.

Starring: Pete Smith ..
Directed by: Will Jason
Release date: 1944-02-19
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Knickerbocker Holiday

Knickerbocker Holiday

5.2/10 IMDB

The wild and woolly early days of New York -- when it was still known as New Amsterdam -- provide the backdrop for this period musical-comedy. In 1650, Peter Stuyvesant (Charles Coburn) arrives in New Amsterdam to assume his duties as governor. Stuyvesant is hardly the fun-loving type, and one of his first official acts is to call for the death of Brom Broeck (Nelson Eddy), a newspaper publisher well-known for his fearless exposes of police and government corruption. However, Broeck hasn't done anything that would justify the death penalty, so Stuyvesant waits (without much patience) for Broeck to step out of line. Broeck is romancing a beautiful woman named Tina Tienhoven (Constance Dowling), whose sister Ulda (Shelley Winters) happens to be dating his best friend, Ten Pin (Johnnie "Scat" Davis). After Stuyvesant's men toss Broeck in jail on a trumped-up charge, Stuyvesant sets his sights on winning Tina's affections.

Starring: Nelson Eddy, Charles Coburn, Constance Dowling, Shelley Winters, Otto Kruger, Fritz Feld, Ernest Cossart, Otto Kruger, Fritz Feld, Richard Hale ..
Directed by: Harry Joe Brown
Release date: 1944-03-17
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Belle of the Yukon

Belle of the Yukon

5.2/10 IMDB

Left by a con man, Belle De Valle, a dancer, finds him again in gold-rush Alaska running an honest casino/dance hall.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Gypsy Rose Lee, Dinah Shore, Bob Burns, Charles Winninger, William Marshall, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Robert Armstrong, Florence Bates, Victor Kilian ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1944-12-27
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Hot Rhythm

Hot Rhythm

6.0/10 IMDB

Jimmy O'Brien (Robert Lowery)and Sammy Rubin (Sidney Miller), write jingle commercials for radio, and meet Mary Adams (Dona Drake), who wants to break into radio as a soloist for a band.

Starring: Dona Drake, Robert Lowery, Tim Ryan, Irene Ryan, Jerry Cooper, Harry Langdon, Sidney Miller ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1944-04-22
Best Music Movies of 1944 : That's My Baby!

That's My Baby!

5.0/10 IMDB

A love triangle occurs between the publisher's daughter Betty Moody. comic book artist Tim Jones, and the company's wily manipulative manager Hilton Payne. In addition, Betty's dad, Phineas Moody suffers from severe melancholy; and an emergency cure of laughter is required to save his health.

Starring: Richard Arlen, Ellen Drew, Leonid Kinskey, Minor Watson, Richard Bailey, Marjorie Manners, Madeline Grey, Alex Callam, P.J. Kelly, Jack Chefe ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1944-09-14
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Murder in the Blue Room

Murder in the Blue Room

5.9/10 IMDB

A singer, her girlfriends and a mystery writer stay in the house where her father was killed.

Starring: Anne Gwynne, Donald Cook, John Litel, Grace McDonald, Betty Kean, June Preisser, Regis Toomey, Nella Walker, Andrew Tombes, Ian Wolfe ..
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Release date: 1944-10-27
Best Music Movies of 1944 : Kansas City Kitty

Kansas City Kitty

6.5/10 IMDB

A piano teacher and her roommate decide invest their savings in a music publishing company. Comedy with music.

Starring: Joan Davis, Jane Frazee, Bob Crosby, Tim Ryan, Erik Rolf, Robert Emmett Keane ..
Directed by: Del Lord
Release date: 1944-08-24

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