Best Music Movies of 1949

1.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

The Wolves baseball team gets steamed when they find they've been inherited by one K.C. Higgins, a suspected "fathead" who intends to take an active interest in running the team. But K.C. turns outs to be a beautiful woman who really knows her baseball. Second baseman Dennis Ryan promptly falls in love. But his playboy roommate Eddie O'Brien has his own notions about how to treat the new lady owner and some unsavory gamblers have their own ideas about how to handle Eddie.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly, Betty Garrett, Edward Arnold, Jules Munshin, Richard Lane, Tom Dugan ..
Directed by: Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1949-03-09
2.

The Inspector General

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

An illiterate stooge in a traveling medicine show wanders into a strange town and is picked up on a vagrancy charge. The town's corrupt officials mistake him for the inspector general whom they think is traveling in disguise. Fearing he will discover they've been pocketing tax money, they make several bungled attempts to kill him.

Starring: Danny Kaye, Walter Slezak, Barbara Bates, Elsa Lanchester, Gene Lockhart, Alan Hale, Walter Catlett, Rhys Williams, Benny Baker, Leonard Bremen ..
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1949-12-31
3.

My Dream Is Yours

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Conceited singer Garry Mitchell refuses to renew his radio contract, so agent Doug Blake decides to find a new personality to replace Garry. In New York, he finds Martha Gibson, a single mother with a great voice. He arranges for her to move to Hollywood, but then has a problem trying to sell her to the show's sponsor. Doug tries every trick he can think of to make Martha a star, and as the two work more closely, he falls in love with her. Complicating matters further is when Martha meets and becomes attracted to Garry.

Starring: Jack Carson, Doris Day, Lee Bowman, Adolphe Menjou, Eve Arden, S.Z. Sakall, Selena Royle, Edgar Kennedy, Sheldon Leonard, Franklin Pangborn ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz, Friz Freleng
Release date: 1949-04-16
4.

Neptune's Daughter

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Scatterbrained Betty Barrett mistakes masseur Jack Spratt for Jose O'Rourke, the captain of the South American polo team. Spratt goes along with the charade, but the situation becomes more complicated when they fall in love. Meanwhile, Betty's sensible older sister Eve fears Betty's heart will be broken when Jose returns to South America. She arranges to meet with the real O'Rourke and love soon blossoms between them as well.

Starring: Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalban, Betty Garrett, Keenan Wynn, Xavier Cugat, Ted de Corsia, Mike Mazurki, Mel Blanc, George Mann ..
Directed by: Edward Buzzell
Release date: 1949-06-10
5.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

A bump on the head sends Hank Martin, 1912 mechanic, to Arthurian Britain, 528 A.D., where he is befriended by Sir Sagramore le Desirous and gains power by judicious use of technology. He and Alisande, the King's niece, fall in love at first sight, which draws unwelcome attention from her fiancée Sir Lancelot; but worse trouble befalls when Hank meddles in the kingdom's politics.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Cedric Hardwicke, William Bendix, Murvyn Vye, Virginia Field, Joseph Vitale, Henry Wilcoxon, Richard Webb, Alan Napier ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1949-04-22
6.

Pacific 231

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

An engine moves from the roundhouse to a track where it couples with several passenger cars. At 2:10 in the afternoon, it starts a trip out of the station through the countryside to its destination. The film consists of a montage of shots, some close up, of the engine and its gears and wheels. With the accompanying ambient sounds and an orchestral score, the emphasis is on the engine's power and speed. Parallel lines of multiple tracks, telephone wires, and trees confirm a careful composition.

Directed by: Jean Mitry
Release date: 1949-09-01
Best Music Movies of 1949 : Slightly French
7.

Slightly French

2.9
6.3/10 IMDB

A film director, in bad standing with his studio, tries to turn a local carnival dancer into a "French" movie star and pass her off as his big new discovery

Starring: Dorothy Lamour, Don Ameche, Janis Carter, Willard Parker, Adele Jergens, Jeanne Manet, Patricia Barry, William Bishop, Symona Boniface, Paul Bradley ..
Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Release date: 1949-02-02
Best Music Movies of 1949 : The Golden Stallion
8.

The Golden Stallion

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Diamonds are being smuggled across the border from Mexico in a specially made shoe of a palomino mare. One of the smugglers is killed when the mare runs off. The sheriff blames Trigger for the death. To keep his horse from being destroyed, Roy confesses and goes to jail. The smugglers buy Trigger and put him to work smuggling diamonds. The mare, who had earlier heard a trist with Trigger, foals Trigger, Jr. who Roy, finally out of jail, uses to help capture the smugglers.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Dale Evans, Estelita Rodriguez, Pat Brady, Douglas Evans, Frank Fenton, Greg McClure, Dale van Sickel, Clarence Straight ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1949-11-15
9.

Jolson Sings Again

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

In this sequel to The Jolson Story, we pick up the singer's career just as he has returned to the stage after a premature retirement. But his wife has left him and the appeal of the spotlight isn't what it used to be. This time Jolson trades in the stage for life in the fast lane: women, horses, travel. It takes the death of Moma Yoelson and World War II to bring Jolson back to earth - and to the stage. Once again teamed with manager Steve Martin, Jolson travels the world entertaining troops everywhere from Alaska to Africa. When he finally collapses from exhaustion it takes young, pretty nurse Ellen Clark to show him there's more to life than "just rushing around".

Starring: Larry Parks, Barbara Hale, William Demarest, Ludwig Donath, Bill Goodwin, Myron McCormick, Tamara Shayne, Bing Crosby, Al Jolson, Nelson Leigh ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1949-08-17
Best Music Movies of 1949 : Maytime in Mayfair
10.

Maytime in Mayfair

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

Penniless man-about-town Michael Gore-Brown is delighted to hear he has been left a high-class Mayfair fashion salon. His intention is to sell it as quickly as possible, but on meeting Ellen, chief designer and manager, he quickly changes his mind and turns his attention to courting her.

Starring: Anna Neagle, Michael Wilding, Peter Graves, Tom Walls, Thora Hird, Nicholas Phipps, Michael Shepley, Mona Washbourne, Max Kirby, Desmond Walter-Ellis ..
Directed by: Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1949-05-24

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