Best Music Movies of 1947


Fun & Fancy Free


Jiminy Cricket hosts two Disney animated shorts: “Bongo,” about a circus bear escaping to the wild, and “Mickey and the Beanstalk,” a take on the famous fairy tale.

Starring: Edgar Bergen, Dinah Shore, Mortimer Snerd, Luana Patten, Walt Disney
Directed by: Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, William Roberts, William Morgan
Release date: 1947-09-27

It Happened on Fifth Avenue

It Happened on Fifth Avenue
A New Yorker hobo moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners.
Starring: Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charles Ruggles, Victor Moore, Gale Storm
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1947-04-19



A classical musician from a working class background is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy, neurotic socialite.

Starring: Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant, J. Carrol Naish, Joan Chandler
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1947-01-25

Good News


At fictitious Tait University in the Roaring '20s, co-ed and school librarian Connie Lane falls for football hero Tommy Marlowe. Unfortunately, he has his eye on gold-digging vamp Pat McClellan. Tommy's grades start to slip, which keeps him from playing in the big game. Connie eventually finds out Tommy really loves her and devises a plan to win him back and to get him back on the field.

Starring: June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Patricia Marshall, Joan McCracken, Ray McDonald
Directed by: Charles Walters
Release date: 1947-12-26


Groucho Marx plays a talent agent that sells his girlfriend to a nightclub -- as two separate acts. The deception and constant costume changes are too much for his girl.
Starring: Groucho Marx, Carmen Miranda, Steve Cochran, Andy Russell, Gloria Jean
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1947-05-30

Tubby the Tuba

Tubby the Tuba
In this Puppetoon animated short film (an Academy Award Best Short Subject, Cartoons nominee), Tubby the Tuba is disappointed that his sound limits what he's permitted to do in an orchestra of self-playing instruments that, unlike him, get to play pretty melodies. A chance meeting with a bullfrog changes everything.
Starring: Victor Jory
Directed by: George Pal
Release date: 1947-07-11

New Orleans

New Orleans
It's the Lowdown on Wicked Old Basin Street!
Starring: Arturo de Córdova, Dorothy Patrick, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Marjorie Lord
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1947-04-18

This Time for Keeps

This Time for Keeps
An ex-GI falls for a bathing beauty (Esther Williams). Lauritz Melchior, Xavier Cugat, Jimmy Durante and Mackinac Island locations add to the good times and romance.
Starring: Esther Williams, Jimmy Durante, Lauritz Melchior, Johnny Johnston, Dame May Whitty
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1947-10-17

Variety Girl

Variety Girl
Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (a show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, exchange identities, and cause comic confusion (with slapstick interludes) throughout the Paramount studio.
Starring: Mary Hatcher, Olga San Juan, DeForest Kelley, Frank Ferguson, Glenn Tryon
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1947-08-29

Song of Love

Song of Love
Composer Robert Schumann struggles to compose his symphonies while his loving wife Clara offers her support. Also helping the Schumanns is their lifelong friend, composer Johannes Brahms.
Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Paul Henreid, Robert Walker, Henry Daniell, Leo G. Carroll
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1947-10-09

It Happened in Brooklyn


Danny has been in the army for 4 years, yet all he thinks about is Brooklyn and how great it is. When he returns after the war, he soon finds that Brooklyn is not so nice after all. He is able to share a place with Nick, the janitor of his old High School, and get a job as a singer in a music store. He also meets Leo, a talented pianist and his teacher Anne, whose dream is to singing Opera. When Jamie arrives from England, Danny tries to show him the Brooklyn experience and help him compose modern swing music. Together, these four also try to help Leo get the Brooklyn Music scholarship.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Peter Lawford, Jimmy Durante, Gloria Grahame
Directed by: Richard Whorf
Release date: 1947-04-07

The Shocking Miss Pilgrim

The Shocking Miss Pilgrim
In the late 1800s, Miss Pilgrim, a young stenographer, or typewriter, becomes the first female employee at a Boston shipping office. Although the men object to her at first, she soon charms them all, especially the handsome young head of the company. Their romance gets sidetracked when she becomes involved in the Women's Suffrage movement.
Starring: Betty Grable, Dick Haymes, Anne Revere, Allyn Joslyn, Gene Lockhart
Directed by: George Seaton
Release date: 1947-01-04


Cab Calloway plays himself in a plot about jealousy, night clubs, and gangsters. Ends with a series of musical numbers.
Starring: Cab Calloway, Ida James, Jeni Le Gon, Virginia Girvin, William Campbell
Directed by: Josh Binney
Release date: 1947-05-09

Sarge Goes to College

Sarge Goes to College
A Marine Sergeant wounded in overseas combat service, requires an operation, and Navy psychiatrist Captain R. S. Handler, recommends to Marine Captain Russ Morgan and Colonel Winters that "Sarge" be given a few weeks rest before hospitalization. Through Dean McKinley of San Juan Junior College, Sarge enters the school on a temporary basis. The teenagers are rehearsing a school show and Freddie is worried because they have no band. Freddie, Dodie Rogers and Betty Rogers find Sarge asleep in the park, and the girls put him up at their house when they learn he can't find a room. Betty has a row with boyfriend Roy , and in order to make him jealous gets Freddie to invite her to the school dance after telling Freddie that his girlfriend Dodie is going with Sarge. Many misunderstandings follow but all is well when Sarge gets his marine captain to bring his band over to the school for the school's BIG SHOW.
Starring: Freddie Stewart, June Preisser, Frankie Darro, Warren Mills, Noel Neill
Release date: 1947-05-13

Junction 88

Junction 88
In Junction 88, a small all-black community, pretty Lolly Simpkins loves gentle songwriter Buster Jenkins, who makes too little money to marry. Her father favors rival suitor Onnie, crude but with a better income. Buster's best chance comes when impresario Bob Howard, to whom he's sent songs, comes to town looking for him. But Bob is looking for a pseudonym, 'Hewlett Green', that nobody's ever heard of. Will Buster reveal himself? Meanwhile, a very jazzy church concert.
Starring: Bob Howard, Dewey 'Pigmeat' Markham, Noble Sissle, Wyatt Clark, Maude Simmons
Directed by: George P. Quigley
Release date: 1947-01-01

I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now

I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
A biopic of the career of Joe Howard (12 Feb.,1878 - 19 May, 1961), famous songwriter of the early 20th Century. Howard wrote the title song, Goodbye, My Lady Love; and Hello, My Baby among many others. Mark Stevens was dubbed by Buddy Clark, well known singer of the 30's and 40's
Starring: June Haver, Mark Stevens, Martha Stewart, Reginald Ginster, Lenore Aubert
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1947-07-31

A Night at the Follies

A Night at the Follies
A burlesque stage show at the Follies Theater in Los Angeles, California, featuring the original Hubba-Hubba Girl, Evelyn West.
Starring: Evelyn West, Renee Andre, Pat O'Shea, Jack Murray, Margie Roye
Directed by: W. Merle Connell
Release date: 1947-08-29

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