Best Music Movies of 1944

1.

Meet Me in St. Louis

5.3
7.6/10

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
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1944-11-23
2.

The Three Caballeros

4.6
6.5/10

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, Pinto Colvig
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, William Roberts, Harold Young, Norman Ferguson
Release date: 1944-07-21
3.

Going My Way

3.9
7.1/10

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
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1944-05-15
4.

Cover Girl

3.6
6.8/10

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

Starring: Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Lee Bowman, Phil Silvers, Jinx Falkenburg
Directed by: Charles Vidor
Release date: 1944-03-30
5.

Bathing Beauty

3.5
6.6/10

A big splash in her first starring role: Esther Williams is a teacher at a women's college -- and wacky Red Skelton enrolls to be near her. An astonishing flames-and-fountains aquatic finale.

Starring: Red Skelton, Esther Williams, Basil Rathbone, Bill Goodwin, Jean Porter
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1944-07-01
6.

Wilson

3.4
6.4/10
Wilson
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: Alexander Knox, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Thomas Mitchell, Ruth Nelson, Cedric Hardwicke
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1944-08-01
7.

Jammin' the Blues

3.2
7.9/10
Jammin' the Blues
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
Directed by: Gjon Mili
Release date: 1944-05-05
8.

Music for Millions

3.0
6.6/10

Six year old "Mike" joins her sister Barbara Ainsworth who plays in a classical orchestra during WWII

Starring: Margaret O'Brien, Jimmy Durante, José Iturbi, June Allyson, Marsha Hunt
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1944-12-18
9.

Four Jills in a Jeep

2.9
6.4/10
Four Jills in a Jeep
Reenactments of actual USO experiences of its female stars entertaining troops overseas.
Starring: Kay Francis, Carole Landis, Martha Raye, Mitzi Mayfair, Jimmy Dorsey
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1944-03-17
10.

Up in Arms

2.9
6.5/10
Up in Arms
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
Directed by: Elliott Nugent
Release date: 1944-02-17
11.

Pardon My Rhythm

2.7
7.1/10
Pardon My Rhythm
A high school bandleader captures the interest of a popular co-ed.
Starring: Gloria Jean, Patric Knowles, Evelyn Ankers, Marjorie Weaver, Mel Tormé
Directed by: Felix E. Feist
Release date: 1944-05-01
12.

Something for the Boys

2.7
5.9/10
Something for the Boys
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
Directed by: Lewis Seiler
Release date: 1944-11-01
13.

Jam Session

2.7
6.4/10
Jam Session
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
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1944-04-13
14.

Alouette

2.7
6.2/10
Alouette
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
15.

One Exciting Night

2.6
6.1/10
One Exciting Night
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
Directed by: Walter Forde
Release date: 1944-12-04
16.

Pin Up Girl

2.6
6.1/10
Pin Up Girl
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
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1944-04-25
17.

Brazil

2.5
6.6/10
Brazil
Brazil is perhaps the best of the handful of American films made by Brazilian singing sensation Tito Guizar. In typical screwball-comedy fashion, the plot is set in motion by authoress Nicky Henderson (Virginia Bruce), 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 (Guizar). Upon learning about Nicky's book, Miguel decides to teach her a few lessons in 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
Directed by: Joseph Santley
Release date: 1944-11-30
18.

Ghost Catchers

2.5
5.9/10
Ghost Catchers
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
Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1944-06-16
19.

Follow the Boys

2.5
5.9/10
Follow the Boys
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
Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Release date: 1944-05-05
20.

Broadway Rhythm

2.4
6.0/10
Broadway Rhythm
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
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1944-01-19

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