Best Music Movies of 1951

1.

An American in Paris

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Jerry Mulligan is an exuberant American expatriate in Paris trying to make a reputation as a painter. His friend Adam is a struggling concert pianist who's a long time associate of a famous French singer, Henri Baurel. A lonely society woman, Milo Roberts, takes Jerry under her wing and supports him, but is interested in more than his art.

Starring: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, Nina Foch, Anna Q. Nilsson, John Eldredge, Hayden Rorke, Dudley Field Malone, Ann Codee ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1951-09-26
2.

The Tales of Hoffmann

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

In this film adaptation of the Offenbach opera, a young poet named Hoffman broods over his failed romances. First, his affair with the beautiful Olympia is shattered when he realizes that she is really a mechanical woman designed by a scientist. Next, he believes that a striking prostitute loves him, only to find out she was hired to fake her affections by the dastardly Dapertutto. Lastly, a magic spell claims the life of his final lover.

Starring: Moira Shearer, Ludmilla Tchérina, Pamela Brown, Léonide Massine, Ann Ayars, Robert Helpmann, Frederick Ashton, Robert Rounseville, Mogens Wieth, Lionel Harris ..
Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Release date: 1951-04-04
Best Music Movies of 1951 : The Lemon Drop Kid
3.

The Lemon Drop Kid

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

When the Lemon Drop Kid accidentally cheats gangster Moose Moran (Fred Clark) out of his track winnings, the Kid promises to repay Moose the money by Christmas. Creating a fake charity for "Apple Annie" Nellie Thursday, the Kid tricks his gang into donning Santa suits and "collecting dough for old dolls" like Nellie who have nowhere to live. Radio personality Marilyn Maxwell assists as the Kid's girlfriend, while William Frawley and Jay C. Flippen play the lovable, gruff crooks that fall for the Kid's Santa scam.

Starring: Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Darwell, Andrea King, Fred Clark, Jay C. Flippen, William Frawley, Harry Bellaver, Sid Melton ..
Directed by: Sidney Lanfield
Release date: 1951-04-02
4.

On Moonlight Bay

3.5
7.1/10 IMDB

The Winfield family moves into a new house in a small town in Indiana. Tomboy Marjorie Winfield begins a romance with William Sherman who lives across the street. Marjorie has to learn how to dance and act like a proper young lady. Unfortunately William Sherman has unconventional ideas for the time. His ideas include not believing in marriage or money, which causes friction with Marjorie's father, who is the local bank vice president

Starring: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Leon Ames, Rosemary DeCamp, Mary Wickes, Jack Smith, Ellen Corby, Billy Gray, Jeffrey Stevens, Eddie Marr ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1951-07-26
5.

Royal Wedding

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Tom and Ellen are asked to perform as a dance team in England at the time of Princess Elizabeth's wedding. As brother and sister, each develops a British love interest, Ellen with Lord John Brindale and Tom with dancer Anne Ashmond.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford, Sarah Churchill, Keenan Wynn, Henri Letondal, Albert Sharpe, Viola Roache, Bess Flowers, Mae Clarke ..
Directed by: Stanley Donen
Release date: 1951-03-08
6.

The Great Caruso

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

Loosely traces the life of tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). He loves Musetta, in his home town of Naples, and then Dorothy, the daughter of one of the Metropolitan Opera's patrons. Caruso is unacceptable to both women's fathers: to one, because he sings; to Dorothy's, because he is a peasant. To New York patricians, Caruso is short, barrel chested, loud, emotional, unrefined. Their appreciation comes slowly. The film depicts Caruso's lament that "the man does not have the voice, the voice has the man": he cannot be places he wants to be, because he must be elsewhere singing, including the day his mother dies. Throughout, Mario Lanza and stars from the Met sing.

Starring: Mario Lanza, Ann Blyth, Dorothy Kirsten, Jarmila Novotna, Richard Hageman, Carl Benton Reid, Eduard Franz, Ludwig Donath, Alan Napier, Blanche Thebom ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1951-04-16
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Suzy Snowflake
7.

Suzy Snowflake

2.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Based on the hit 1951 jingle, this stop-motion animated short briefly follows the titular Suzy Snowflake as she brings joyful snowfall with her, heralding people to play with her before the chance is gone.

Starring: Norma Zimmer, The Three Rhythm Kings, Dorothy Compton, Anna Mae Fritz, Alberta Perkins, Cora Hunter Parks, Margaret Lawrence, The Sportsmen Quartet, The Welshon Choir, The Starlighters ..
Release date: 1951-12-22
8.

Rooty Toot Toot

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

The story of Frankie and Johnny: Frankie walks into a bar, where she catches her boyfriend Johnny with the sensuous Nelly Bly and kills him in a fit of jealousy.

Starring: Thurl Ravenscroft, Annette Warren ..
Directed by: John Hubley
Release date: 1951-11-15
Best Music Movies of 1951 : On the Riviera
9.

On the Riviera

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

In this fast-paced remake of the Muarice Chavlier vehicle Folies Bergere, talented Danny Kaye plays both a performer and a heroic French military pilot.

Starring: Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney, Corinne Calvet, Marcel Dalio, Jean Murat, Henri Letondal, Clinton Sundberg, Sig Ruman, Joyce Mackenzie, Monique Chantal ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1951-04-20
10.

Happy Go Lovely

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

B.G. Bruno, a rich bachelor, the head of a successful greeting-card company in Scotland, is essentially a kind man but respectable to the point of stodginess and extreme stuffiness. An American troupe visiting Edinburgh wants to produce a musical in town but has trouble getting backers. Bruno meets several of the leading ladies of the show; through a misunderstanding he doesn't correct they think that he's a newspaper reporter. He falls in love with one of the women, who reciprocates; he grows more lively and friendly, to the surprise of his employees. After a series of mishaps and comic incidents comes a happy ending: a successful show and true love.

Starring: David Niven, Vera-Ellen, Cesar Romero, Gordon Jackson, Bobby Howes, Diane Hart, Barbara Couper, Henry Hewitt, Gladys Henson ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1951-03-06

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