Best Music Movies of 1948

1.

Melody Time

3.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Melody Time is an animated feature produced by Walt Disney and released to theatres by RKO Radio Pictures. Made up of several sequences set to popular music and folk music, the film is, like Make Mine Music before it, the contemporary version of Fantasia.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Dennis Day, Freddy Martin, Frances Langford, Sons of the Pioneers, Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians, Ethel Smith, Trigger, Bobby Driscoll, Luana Patten ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Release date: 1948-05-27
2.

Easter Parade

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

On the day before Easter in 1911, Don Hewes is crushed when his dancing partner (and object of affection) Nadine Hale refuses to start a new contract with him. To prove Nadine's not important to him, Don acquires innocent new protegee Hannah Brown, vowing to make her a star in time for next year's Easter parade.

Starring: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin, Clinton Sundberg, Richard Beavers, Lola Albright, Shirley Ballard, Edward Biby ..
Directed by: Charles Walters
Release date: 1948-07-08
3.

The Pirate

3.8
7.0/10 IMDB

A girl is engaged to the local richman, but meanwhile she has dreams about the legendary pirate Macoco. A traveling singer falls in love with her and to impress her he poses as the pirate.

Starring: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Walter Slezak, Gladys Cooper, Reginald Owen, George Zucco, Lester Allen, Lola Deem, Ellen Ross, Mary Jo Ellis ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1948-06-11
4.

Romance on the High Seas

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Doris Day, in her film debut, plays Georgia Garrett, a singer sent by jealous wife Elvira Kent on an ocean cruise to masquerade as herself while she secretly stays home to catch her husband cheating. Meanwhile equally suspicious husband Michael Kent has sent a private eye on the same cruise to catch his wife cheating. Love and confusion ensues along with plenty of musical numbers.

Starring: Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Don DeFore, Doris Day, Oscar Levant, S.Z. Sakall, Fortunio Bonanova, Eric Blore, Franklin Pangborn, Leslie Brooks ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1948-06-25
Best Music Movies of 1948 : A Song Is Born
5.

A Song Is Born

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

The story of seven scholars in search of an expert to teach them about swing music. They seem to have found the perfect candidate in winsome nightclub singer Honey Swanson. But Honey's gangster boyfriend doesn't want to give her up.

Starring: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Lionel Hampton, Mel Powell, Charlie Barnet, The Golden Gate Quartette, The Golden Gate Quartette ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1948-10-19
6.

A Date with Judy

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Developed from a radio program which began in 1941, hyperactive teenager Judy challenges and is challeged by her overly proper parents, pest of a brother Randolph and boyfriend Oogie.

Starring: Wallace Beery, Jane Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, Carmen Miranda, Xavier Cugat, Robert Stack, Scotty Beckett, Selena Royle, Leon Ames, Clinton Sundberg ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1948-07-29
7.

Words and Music

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Encomium to Larry Hart (1895-1943), seen through the fictive eyes of his song-writing partner, Richard Rodgers (1902-1979): from their first meeting, through lean years and their breakthrough, to their successes on Broadway, London, and Hollywood. We see the fruits of Hart and Rodgers' collaboration - elaborately staged numbers from their plays, characters' visits to night clubs, and impromptu performances at parties. We also see Larry's scattered approach to life, his failed love with Peggy McNeil, his unhappiness, and Richard's successful wooing of Dorothy Feiner.

Starring: Tom Drake, Mickey Rooney, Janet Leigh, Marshall Thompson, Betty Garrett, Jeanette Nolan, Ann Sothern, Perry Como, Cyd Charisse, Richard Quine ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1948-12-31
Best Music Movies of 1948 : The Emperor Waltz
8.

The Emperor Waltz

3.0
6.1/10 IMDB

At the turn of the 20th century, travelling salesman Virgil Smith journeys to Vienna in the hope he can sell a gramophone to Emperor Franz Joseph, whose purchase of the recent American invention could spur its popularity in Austria.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Joan Fontaine, Roland Culver, Lucile Watson, Richard Haydn, Harold Vermilyea, Sig Ruman, Julia Dean, Bert Prival, Alma Macrorie ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1948-06-07
Best Music Movies of 1948 : One Night with You
9.

One Night with You

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

Two strangers meet when they both miss their trains, and end up spending a penniless day and night together. An English version of 'It Happened One Night'.

Starring: Nino Martini, Patricia Roc, Bonar Colleano, Hugh Wakefield, Guy Middleton, Charles Goldner, Stanley Holloway, Christopher Lee, Willy Fueter, Ferdy Mayne ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1948-04-25
Best Music Movies of 1948 : Ladies of the Chorus
10.

Ladies of the Chorus

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Former burlesque star May and her daughter Peggy dance in the chorus. When May has a fight with featured dancer Bubbles, Bubbles leaves the show and Peggy takes her place. When Peggy falls in love with wealthy Randy, May fears class differences may lead to misery.

Starring: Adele Jergens, Marilyn Monroe, Rand Brooks, Nana Bryant, Dave Barry, Eddie Garr, Steven Geray, Gladys Blake, Chet Brandenburg, Paul E. Burns ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1948-12-30

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