Best Music Movies of 1951


An American in Paris

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

The Tales of Hoffmann

7.2/10 IMDB

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

The Lemon Drop Kid

7.0/10 IMDB

When the Lemon Drop Kid accidentally cheats gangster Moose Moran 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.

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

Show Boat

6.9/10 IMDB

A dashing Mississippi river gambler wins the affections of the daughter of the owner of the Show Boat.

Starring: Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Joe E. Brown, Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Robert Sterling, Agnes Moorehead, Bess Flowers, Leif Erickson ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1951-07-19
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Amahl and the Night Visitors

Amahl and the Night Visitors

8.8/10 IMDB

The historic, original, live airing of what would become an annual Christmas tradition throughout the 1950s, this opera tells the story of Amahl, a crippled shepherd boy, and his destitute mother, who provide temporary shelter to three men who are following a star to the newly-born Christ child.

Starring: Chet Allen, Rosemary Kuhlmann, Andrew McKinley, David Aiken, Leon Lishner, Francis Monachino, Melissa Hayden, Nicholas Magallanes, Glen Tetley, Melissa Hayden ..
Directed by: Gian Carlo Menotti, Kirk Browning
Release date: 1951-12-24

On Moonlight Bay

6.9/10 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

Royal Wedding

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
Best Music Movies of 1951 : On the Riviera

On the Riviera

6.3/10 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

Lullaby of Broadway

6.7/10 IMDB

Pretty Melinda Howard has been abroad singing with a musical troupe. She decides to return home to surprise her mother whom she thinks is a successful Broadway star with a mansion in Manhattan. She doesn't know that her mother is actually a burnt-out cabaret singer with a love for whiskey. When she arrives at the mansion, she is taken in by the two servants who are friends of her mother's. The house actually belongs to Adolph Hubbell, a kind-hearted Broadway producer who also gets drawn into the charade. Hubbell takes a shine to Melinda and agrees to star her in his next show. Melinda also finds romance with a handsome hoofer who's also in the show. All is going well for Melinda except that she wants to see her mother who keeps putting off their reunion.

Starring: Doris Day, Gene Nelson, S.Z. Sakall, Billy De Wolfe, Gladys George, Florence Bates, Anne Triola, Hanley Stafford, Murray Alper, Bess Flowers ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1951-03-26
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Comin' Round the Mountain

Comin' Round the Mountain

6.3/10 IMDB

Al Stewart and Wilbert are magicians doing a stage act when they run into Wilbert's cousin, Dorothy McCoy. They find out that Wilbert's grandfather, Squeeze-box McCoy, had treasure hidden in the hills of Kentucky, which they go to find.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dorothy Shay, Kirby Grant, Joe Sawyer, Glenn Strange, Ida Moore, Shaye Cogan, Margaret Hamilton, Guy Wilkerson ..
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1951-07-26

The Great Caruso

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 Novotná, Richard Hageman, Carl Benton Reid, Eduard Franz, Ludwig Donath, Alan Napier, Blanche Thebom ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1951-04-16

I'll See You in My Dreams

6.8/10 IMDB

Songwriter Gus Kahn fights to make his name, then has to fight again to survive the Depression.

Starring: Doris Day, Danny Thomas, Frank Lovejoy, Patrice Wymore, James Gleason, Mary Wickes, Julie Oshins, Jim Backus, Minna Gombell, Harry Antrim ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1951-12-06

Here Comes the Groom

6.3/10 IMDB

Foreign correspondent Pete Garvey has 5 days to win back his former fiancée, or he'll lose the orphans he adopted.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Alexis Smith, Franchot Tone, James Barton, Robert Keith, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Connie Gilchrist, Jacky Gencel, Charles Lane ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1951-09-20
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Suzy Snowflake

Suzy Snowflake

7.2/10 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
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Rooty Toot Toot

Rooty Toot Toot

6.8/10 IMDB

The story of Frankie and Johnny: Frankie walks into a bar, where she catches her boyfriend Johnny with the sensuous Nellie 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 : Kentucky Jubilee

Kentucky Jubilee

5.6/10 IMDB

A film director travels to Kentucky to seek out local talent for a hillbilly musical film. There, he gets kidnapped.

Starring: James Ellison, Jean Porter, Jerry Colonna, Fritz Feld, Raymond Hatton, Vince Barnett, Chester Clute, Michael Whalen, Margia Dean, Russell Hicks ..
Directed by: Ron Ormond
Release date: 1951-05-18
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Call Me Mister

Call Me Mister

5.7/10 IMDB

A G.I. in occupied Japan tries to re-woo his old love, who's putting on a show for the troops.

Starring: Betty Grable, Dan Dailey, Danny Thomas, Dale Robertson, Benay Venuta, Richard Boone, Jeffrey Hunter, Maylia, Lovyss Bradley, Dorinda Clifton ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1951-02-01

The Singing Street

6.5/10 IMDB

Short film documenting children's street games and songs in 1950s Edinburgh.

Directed by: Nigel McIsaac, James Ritchie, Raymond Townsend
Release date: 1951-01-01

Happy Go Lovely

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

Double Dynamite

5.9/10 IMDB

An innocent bank teller, suspected of embezzlement, is aided by an eccentric, wisecracking waiter.

Starring: Jane Russell, Groucho Marx, Frank Sinatra, Don McGuire, Howard Freeman, Nestor Paiva, Frank Orth, Harry Hayden, William Edmunds, Russell Thorson ..
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Release date: 1951-12-25
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Ensemble for Somnambulists

Ensemble for Somnambulists

6.1/10 IMDB

Ensemble for Somnambulists was a film Maya Deren made while teaching a workshop at the Toronto Film Society. It was never completed, and is officially "unpublished," but this title has been restored and it screens occasionally along with her other films. It is sort of a preliminary sketch for The Very Eye of Night. ~ David Lewis, Rovi

Starring: Cynthia Barrett, Terry Chapman, Frank Ionson, Hanna Winer, Brian MacDonald ..
Directed by: Maya Deren
Release date: 1951-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Starlift


5.8/10 IMDB

To impress a movie star, a U.S. Air Force crewman pretends he is soon to see combat. When his lie gets out, chaos ensues.

Starring: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Virginia Mayo, Gene Nelson, Ruth Roman, Janice Rule, Dick Wesson, Ron Hagerthy, Richard Webb, Hayden Rorke ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1951-12-14

Rich, Young and Pretty

5.8/10 IMDB

A rancher's daughter visits Paris to meet her mother and find love.

Starring: Jane Powell, Wendell Corey, Danielle Darrieux, Vic Damone, Una Merkel, Fernando Lamas, Hans Conried, Marcel Dalio, Richard Anderson, Jean Murat ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1951-07-09
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Celery Stalks at Midnight

Celery Stalks at Midnight

5.9/10 IMDB

Early 'visual music' film by John Whitney.

Directed by: John Whitney Sr.
Release date: 1951-01-01

Meet Me After the Show

6.2/10 IMDB

A Broadway star devises a scheme to win back her husband when she suspects he's being unfaithful.

Starring: Betty Grable, Macdonald Carey, Rory Calhoun, Eddie Albert, Fred Clark, Irene Ryan, Lois Andrews, Harry Antrim, Bess Flowers, 'Snub' Pollard ..
Directed by: Richard Sale
Release date: 1951-08-15
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Painting The Clouds With Sunshine

Painting The Clouds With Sunshine

5.9/10 IMDB

The story of three gold-digging ladies searching for millionaires. A loose remake of Gold Diggers of 1933.

Starring: Dennis Morgan, Virginia Mayo, Gene Nelson, Lucille Norman, Virginia Gibson, Tom Conway, S.Z. Sakall, Wallace Ford ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1951-10-10
Best Music Movies of 1951 : The Medium

The Medium

6.3/10 IMDB

Madame Flora is terrified when she perceives a supernatural presence during one of her fraudulent séances...

Starring: Marie Powers, Leopoldo Savona, Belva Kibler, Beverly Dame, Donald Morgan, Anna Maria Alberghetti ..
Directed by: Gian Carlo Menotti
Release date: 1951-09-04
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Two on the Tiles

Two on the Tiles

4.6/10 IMDB

A married couple both face temptations while separated for a few days. The husband meets an attractive female fellow traveler in Paris while the wife accidentally spends a night aboard a Royal Navy ship with a male friend after she is stranded following a party. Despite knowing the essential innocence of both husband and wife, their sinister new butler uses information about their discretions to demand blackmail payments.

Starring: Herbert Lom, Hugh McDermott, Brenda Bruce, Humphrey Lestocq, Ingeborg von Kusserow, Armand Guinl, Basil Dignam, Armand Guinle ..
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1951-09-01
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Mr. Imperium

Mr. Imperium

5.0/10 IMDB

A pretty singer/dancer is becoming an actress whereas the playboy crown prince is becoming a monarch. The both will have their clandestine romance interfered with by their changing circumstances.

Starring: Lana Turner, Ezio Pinza, Marjorie Main, Barry Sullivan, Debbie Reynolds, Cedric Hardwicke, Ann Codee ..
Directed by: Don Hartman
Release date: 1951-03-02
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Grounds for Marriage

Grounds for Marriage

5.8/10 IMDB

Opera singer Ina Massine tries to win back former husband Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett.

Starring: Van Johnson, Kathryn Grayson, Paula Raymond, Barry Sullivan, Reginald Owen, Lewis Stone, Richard Hageman, Richard Anderson, Theresa Harris, Milton Cross ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1951-01-12

Texas Carnival

5.5/10 IMDB

A Texas carnival showmen team is mistaken for a cattle baron and his sister.

Starring: Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Paula Raymond, Keenan Wynn, Tom Tully, Glenn Strange, Dick Wessel, Donald MacBride ..
Directed by: Charles Walters
Release date: 1951-10-05

Two Tickets to Broadway

5.5/10 IMDB

A young woman (Janet Leigh) leaves her small hometown in Vermont and travels to New York City with hopes of becoming a Broadway star.

Starring: Tony Martin, Janet Leigh, Gloria DeHaven, Eddie Bracken, Ann Miller, Barbara Lawrence, Bob Crosby, Charles Dale, Joe Smith, John Gallaudet ..
Directed by: James V. Kern
Release date: 1951-11-20
Best Music Movies of 1951 : The Pennywhistle Blues

The Pennywhistle Blues

8.6/10 IMDB

In a black township in South Africa, a stolen treasure chest passes from hand to hand until it is finally returned to its original owner.

Starring: Tommi Ramokgopa, Harriet Qubeka, Joseph Motuba, David Mnkwanazi, Victor Cwai, Dolly Rathebe, Grinsell Nogauza ..
Directed by: Donald Swanson
Release date: 1951-03-05
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Of Men and Music

Of Men and Music

7.6/10 IMDB

A documentary featuring musicians including Artur Rubinstein, Jan Peerce-Nadine Conner, and Jascha Heifetz.

Starring: Deems Taylor, Artur Rubinstein, Jan Peerce, Nadine Conner, Jascha Heifetz, Dimitri Mitropoulos, New York Philharmonic, Victor Young, Emanuel Bay, Arthur Rubinstein ..
Directed by: Alexander Hammid, Irving Reis
Release date: 1951-02-14

'Sugar Chile' Robinson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and His Sextet

6.8/10 IMDB

Short film featuring performances by Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson, Billie Holiday and Count Basie and his sextet. From the Cinema Apart Collection.

Starring: Frank 'Sugar Chile' Robinson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie ..
Directed by: Will Cowan
Release date: 1951-01-03
Best Music Movies of 1951 : G.I. Jane

G.I. Jane

6.6/10 IMDB

A civilian, ordered to report to his draft board, slips off into a dream about the army life ahead of him. He is assigned to a remote desert post where the soldiers crave female companionship. He forges orders that brings a platoon of WACs who are forbidden to fraternize with the soldiers.

Starring: Jean Porter, Tom Neal, Iris Adrian, Jimmie Dodd, Jean Mahoney, Jimmy Lloyd, Mara Lynn, Michael Whalen, Bobby Watson ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1951-07-06
Best Music Movies of 1951 : South of Caliente

South of Caliente

6.5/10 IMDB

"King of the Cowboys" Roy Rogers stars with his real-life wife, Dale Evans, in this Western about a hardworking farmer who helps a struggling rancher by transporting her prize horse to Mexico. A fortuitous meeting with a fortune-teller (Charlita) -- who specializes in dire predictions -- sets the tone for their adventures. Burlesque comic Pinky Lee co-stars, playing himself.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Dale Evans, Pinky Lee, Douglas Fowley, Ric Roman, Leonard Penn, Willie Best, Lillian Molieri, Charlita ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1951-10-15
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire

5.8/10 IMDB

An outcast gambler hijacks a wagon train of eligible women taken west by a mayor.

Starring: Gene Autry, Champion, Gail Davis, Russell Hayden, Christine Larson, Harry Lauter, Terry Frost, Barbara Stanley, Teddy Infuhr, Margie Liszt ..
Directed by: John English
Release date: 1951-11-20
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Yes Sir, Mr. Bones

Yes Sir, Mr. Bones

5.3/10 IMDB

A young boy finds himself in a home for retired minstrel acts. He's anxious to find out as much as he can about them, and flashbacks show what it was like back in the days of the minstrel shows.

Starring: Scatman Crothers, Cotton Watts, Chick Watts, Ches Davis, F.E. Miller, Archie Twitchell, Jester Hairston ..
Directed by: Ron Ormond
Release date: 1951-07-13
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Footlight Varieties

Footlight Varieties

5.0/10 IMDB

A compilation of scenes and acts from various comedy and musical shorts over the years.

Starring: Jack Paar, Leon Errol, The Sportsmen Quartet, Liberace, The Harmonicats, Jerry Murad, Red Buttons, Dorothy Granger, Mamie Van Doren, Bess Flowers ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith, Benjamin Stoloff, Hal Yates
Release date: 1951-01-01

The Pearl Harbor Hula

0.0/10 IMDB

Doris Ake provides the title dance.

Starring: Doris Ake ..
Release date: 1951-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Disc Jockey

Disc Jockey

0.0/10 IMDB

National DJs help a promoter make an unknown girl a star, to prove the power of radio over TV.

Starring: Michael O'Shea, Ginny Simms, Tom Drake, Jane Nigh, Russ Morgan, Jerome Cowan, Herb Jeffries, Lenny Kent, Tommy Dorsey, George Shearing ..
Directed by: Will Jason
Release date: 1951-09-30
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 6: Weber, Brahms

Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 6: Weber, Brahms

0.0/10 IMDB

The historic Toscanini television concerts with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Broadcast #6 was of a concert on November 3, 1951 from Carnegie Hall, featuring the Overture to Carl Maria von Weber's Euryanthe and Brahms's Symphony No. 1 in C minor op68. (Concerts #6 and #7 were released as "Vol. 4" in the DVD series.)

Starring: Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra ..
Directed by: Kirk Browning
Release date: 1951-11-03
Best Music Movies of 1951 : Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 7: Wagner

Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 7: Wagner

0.0/10 IMDB

The historic Toscanini television concerts with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Broadcast #7 was of a concert on December 29, 1951 from Carnegie Hall, featuring music from Wagner's operas. (Concerts #6 and #7 were released as "Vol. 4" in the DVD series.)

Starring: Arturo Toscanini ..
Directed by: Kirk Browning
Release date: 1951-12-29

Talent Showcase

0.0/10 IMDB

It's a talent showcase for a singer.

Directed by: Sydney Newman, Roger Blais, Douglas Tunstell
Release date: 1951-01-10

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