Best Music Movies of 1952

1.

Singin' in the Rain

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

In 1927 Hollywood, a silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Starring: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse, Douglas Fowley, Rita Moreno, Mae Clarke, Bess Flowers ..
Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Release date: 1952-04-09
2.

Limelight

5.8
8.0/10 IMDB

A fading music hall comedian tries to help a despondent ballet dancer learn to walk and to again feel confident about life.

Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton, Sydney Chaplin, Norman Lloyd, Andre Eglevsky, Marjorie Bennett, Melissa Hayden, Wheeler Dryden ..
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1952-10-23
Best Music Movies of 1952 : Magical Maestro
3.

Magical Maestro

3.8
7.7/10 IMDB

After he is rejected by the Great Poochini as an opening act, Mysto the Magician gets his revenge by conducting his next operatic performance.

Starring: Daws Butler, Oscar Ramirez, Carlos Ramírez, Mary Kaye, Norman Kaye, Frank Ross, Paul Frees ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1952-02-09
Best Music Movies of 1952 : Trick or Treat
4.

Trick or Treat

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

When the nephews come to Donald's house in their Halloween costumes he dumps water on them and laughs at his trick. A witch sees this and decides to help the kids. By magic she gives Donald a bad time and the kids finally get their treats.

Starring: Clarence Nash, June Foray, Thurl Ravenscroft ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1952-10-10
5.

Moulin Rouge

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Starring: José Ferrer, Colette Marchand, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Suzanne Flon, Claude Nollier, Katherine Kath, Muriel Smith, Mary Clare, Walter Crisham, Harold Kasket ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1952-12-23
Best Music Movies of 1952 : Hans Christian Andersen
6.

Hans Christian Andersen

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

A small-town shoemaker with a knack for spinning yarns, Hans encounters happiness and heartbreak on his road to becoming a full-fledged writer.

Starring: Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire, Joseph Walsh, Philip Tonge, John Qualen, Erik Bruhn, Roland Petit, John Brown, Jeanne Lafayette ..
Directed by: Charles Vidor
Release date: 1952-12-19
7.

The Stooge

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Bill Miller is an unsuccessful Broadway performer until his handlers convince him to enhance his act with a stooge—Ted Rogers, a guy positioned in the audience to be the butt of Bill's jokes. After Ted begins to steal the show, Bill's girlfriend and his pals advise him to make Ted an equal partner.

Starring: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Polly Bergen, Marion Marshall, Eddie Mayehoff, Richard Erdman, Frances Bavier, Percy Helton, Oliver Blake, Danny Borzage ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1952-12-21
Best Music Movies of 1952 : With a Song in My Heart
8.

With a Song in My Heart

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Jane Froman (Susan Hayward), an aspiring songstress, lands a job in radio with help from pianist Don Ross (David Wayne), whom she later marries. Jane's popularity soars, and she leaves on a European tour... but her plane crashes in Lisbon, and she is partially crippled. Unable to walk without crutches, Jane nevertheless goes on to entertain the Allied troops in World War II.

Starring: Susan Hayward, Rory Calhoun, David Wayne, Thelma Ritter, Robert Wagner, Helen Westcott, Una Merkel, Richard Allan, Max Showalter, Leif Erickson ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1952-04-03
9.

Million Dollar Mermaid

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

After overcoming polio, Annette Kellerman achieves fame and creates a scandal when her one-piece bathing suit is considered indecent.

Starring: Esther Williams, Victor Mature, Walter Pidgeon, David Brian, Jesse White, Maria Tallchief, Donna Corcoran, Howard Freeman, Charles Watts, Wilton Graff ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1952-12-04
10.

The Belle of New York

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

In squeaky-clean New York at the turn of the century, playboy Charlie Hill falls so much in love that he can walk on air. The object of his affections is beautiful Angela Bonfils, a mission house worker in the Bowery. He promises to reform his dissolute life, even trying to do an honest day's work.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Marjorie Main, Keenan Wynn, Alice Pearce, Clinton Sundberg, Gale Robbins, Tom Dugan, Ed Haskett, Percy Helton ..
Directed by: Charles Walters
Release date: 1952-02-22
Best Music Movies of 1952 : Somebody Loves Me
11.

Somebody Loves Me

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

Backstage musical biography of nightclub star Blossom Seeley that charts her rocky relationship with vaudeville singer Benny Fields.

Starring: Betty Hutton, Ralph Meeker, Robert Keith, Billie Bird, Adele Jergens, Henry Slate, Sid Tomack, Jack Benny, Jeni Le Gon, Herb Vigran ..
Directed by: Irving Brecher
Release date: 1952-09-24
12.

April in Paris

3.1
5.9/10 IMDB

A series of misunderstandings leads to a chorus girl traveling to Paris to represent the American theater, where she falls in love with a befuddled bureaucrat.

Starring: Doris Day, Ray Bolger, Claude Dauphin, Eve Miller, George Givot, Paul Harvey, Herbert Farjeon, Wilson Millar, Raymond Largay, John Alvin ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1952-12-24
13.

Stars and Stripes Forever

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

Marine bandmaster John Philip Sousa (Clifton Webb) becomes famous for his marches and inspires the sousaphone.

Starring: Clifton Webb, Debra Paget, Robert Wagner, Ruth Hussey, Finlay Currie, Roy Roberts, Thomas Browne Henry, Helen Van Tuyl, Dorinda Clifton ..
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1952-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1952 : Abstronic
14.

Abstronic

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

A pioneer of visual music and electronic art, Mary Ellen Bute produced over a dozen short abstract animations between the 1930s and the 1950s. Set to classical music by the likes of Bach, Saint-Saëns, and Shoshtakovich, and replete with rapidly mutating geometries, Bute’s filmmaking is at once formally rigorous and energetically high-spirited, like a marriage of high modernism and Merrie Melodies. In the late 1940s, Lewis Jacobs observed that Bute’s films were “composed upon mathematical formulae depicting in ever-changing lights and shadows, growing lines and forms, deepening colors and tones, the tumbling, racing impressions evoked by the musical accompaniment.” Bute herself wrote that she sought to “bring to the eyes a combination of visual forms unfolding along with the thematic development and rhythmic cadences of music.”

Directed by: Mary Ellen Bute, Ted Nemeth
Release date: 1952-07-01
Best Music Movies of 1952 : Bloodhounds of Broadway
15.

Bloodhounds of Broadway

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

A musical comedy based on several Damon Runyon short stories. When a bookie on the run, Robert 'Numbers' Foster, falls for a pretty country songbird, Emily Ann Stackerlee , he'll do anything to help her make it big -- including a stint in jail to pay for his crimes. But will the tough guy's sacrifice of the heart pay off when it comes to his girlfriend's singing career?

Starring: Mitzi Gaynor, Scott Brady, Mitzi Green, Marguerite Chapman, Michael O'Shea, Wally Vernon, Henry Slate, George E. Stone, Edwin Max, Charles Bronson ..
Directed by: Harmon Jones
Release date: 1952-11-14
16.

Because You're Mine

2.8
6.0/10 IMDB

A famous opera singer (Mario Lanza) falls for his sergeant's (James Whitmore) sister (Doretta Morrow) at boot camp.

Starring: Mario Lanza, Doretta Morrow, James Whitmore, Dean Miller, Rita Corday, Jeff Donnell, Spring Byington, Curtis Cooksey, Don Porter, Eduard Franz ..
Directed by: Alexander Hall
Release date: 1952-10-01
17.

Lovely to Look At

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

Three broke Broadway producers are desperately looking for backers for a new show. When they are about to give up, one of them discovers that they are an heir to a Parisian dress salon. Off to Paris they go!

Starring: Kathryn Grayson, Red Skelton, Howard Keel, Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Ann Miller, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Kurt Kasznar, Marcel Dalio, Diane Cassidy ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1952-05-29
Best Music Movies of 1952 : Just for You
18.

Just for You

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Jordan Blake (a widower) is a successful Broadway Producer who has always been to busy for his children, Barbara and Jerry. Girlfriend, Carolina a musical comedy star, urges Jordan to take his kids on a vacation and get to know them before they are all grown up. Is Jordan already too late?

Starring: Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Ethel Barrymore, Natalie Wood, Robert Arthur, Cora Witherspoon, Regis Toomey, Ben Lessy, Art Smith, Willis Bouchey ..
Directed by: Elliott Nugent
Release date: 1952-09-27
19.

Love Moods

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

Reclining on her chaise lounge in a see-through robe, Lili St. Cyr decides she needs a wash. In a gilded tub fit for Marie Antoinette, she bares all that the law will allow. Then she squeezes into an evening gown and mink coat to paint the town red.

Starring: Lili St. Cyr ..
Directed by: Lillian Hunt
Release date: 1952-01-02
Best Music Movies of 1952 : Glory Alley
20.

Glory Alley

2.6
5.6/10 IMDB

A New Orleans boxer backs out of a bout and leaves his girlfriend for Korea.

Starring: Ralph Meeker, Leslie Caron, Kurt Kasznar, Gilbert Roland, John McIntire, Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, Dan Seymour, Eve Whitney, Larry Gates ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1952-06-06
21.

She's Working Her Way Through College

2.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Shapely burlesque dancer Hot Garters Gertie aka Angela Gardner meets her future drama professor. Her new landlady proves to be the professor's wife. Angela helps breath life into the annual school stage show...but someone has discovered her secret past.

Starring: Virginia Mayo, Ronald Reagan, Gene Nelson, Don DeFore, Phyllis Thaxter, Patrice Wymore, Roland Winters, Raymond Greenleaf, Ginger Crowley, Julie Newmar ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1952-07-09
Best Music Movies of 1952 : The Merry Widow
22.

The Merry Widow

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

Marshovia, a small European kingdom, is on the brink of bankruptcy but the country may be saved if the wealthy American Crystal Radek, widow of a Marshovian, can be convinced to part with her money and marry the king's nephew count Danilo. Arriving to Marshovia on a visit, Crystal Radek change places with her secretary Kitty. Following them to Paris, Danilo has a hard time wooing the widow after meeting an attractive young woman at a nightclub, the same Crystal Radek who presents herself as Fifi the chorus girl. Plot by Mattias Thuresson.

Starring: Lana Turner, Fernando Lamas, Una Merkel, Richard Haydn, Thomas Gomez, John Abbott, King Donovan, Robert Coote, Ludwig Stössel, Zina d'Harcourt ..
Directed by: Curtis Bernhardt
Release date: 1952-09-05
Best Music Movies of 1952 : The Firebird
23.

The Firebird

2.1
4.9/10 IMDB

Italian singer Mario Vanni visits the Royal Opera in Stockholm and fall in love with ballet dancer Linda Corina.

Starring: Tito Gobbi, Ellen Rasch, Eva Henning, Bengt Blomgren, Georg Rydeberg, Åke Falck, Märta Arbin, Alan Blair, Märta Dorff, Gull Natorp ..
Directed by: Hasse Ekman
Release date: 1952-08-11
Best Music Movies of 1952 : Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick
24.

Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick

2.0
5.2/10 IMDB

Shy farmboy loves his next-door neighbor, but she dreams of going to the big city. Then she gets mixed up with big-city gangsters.

Starring: Alan Young, Dinah Shore, Adele Jergens, Minerva Urecal, Fritz Feld, Martha Stewart, Veda Ann Borg, Robert Merrill, Chick Chandler ..
Directed by: Claude Binyon
Release date: 1952-04-01
Best Music Movies of 1952 : I Dream of Jeanie
25.

I Dream of Jeanie

2.0
6.0/10 IMDB

The life and career of famed American composer Stephen Foster.

Starring: Ray Middleton, Bill Shirley, Muriel Lawrence, Eileen Christy, Rex Allen, Lynn Bari, Dick Simmons, Scott Elliott, Andrew Tombes, James Dobson ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1952-06-15
Best Music Movies of 1952 : Tropical Heat Wave
26.

Tropical Heat Wave

1.6
7.2/10 IMDB

Story of staid college professor gathering data for a thesis in criminal psychology who becomes the object of a night-club singers affections.

Starring: Estelita Rodriguez, Robert Hutton, Grant Withers, Kristine Miller, Martín Garralaga, Earl Lee, Edwin Max, Lou Lubin, Leonard Bremen, Jack Kruschen ..
Directed by: R.G. Springsteen
Release date: 1952-10-01
Best Music Movies of 1952 : Where's Charley?
27.

Where's Charley?

1.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Musical version of the comedy by Brandon Thomas. As part of a simple enough ruse, a Cambridge student poses as his aunt but his scheme goes wrong, first when someone falls for the aunt, and then when the real aunt turns up.

Starring: Ray Bolger, Allyn Ann McLerie, Robert Shackleton, Mary Germaine, Horace Cooper, Margaretta Scott, Howard Marion-Crawford ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1952-05-20
28.

Meet Danny Wilson

1.5
6.3/10 IMDB

A lounge singer sees his career skyrocket after he signs a contract for a mobster nightclub owner.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Shelley Winters, Alex Nicol, Raymond Burr, Vaughn Taylor, Tommy Farrell, Donald MacBride, Barbara Knudson, Carl Sklover, Jeff Chandler ..
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Release date: 1952-02-08
Best Music Movies of 1952 : Barbed Wire
29.

Barbed Wire

1.4
5.9/10 IMDB

A cattle buyer (Gene Autry), a federal agent (Pat Buttram) and a newswoman (Anne James) snip a railroad plot.

Starring: Gene Autry, Champion, Anne James, William Fawcett, Leonard Penn, Michael Vallon, Pat Buttram, Al Bridge, Roy Bucko, Bob Burns ..
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1952-07-25
Best Music Movies of 1952 : Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder
30.

Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder

1.3
5.6/10 IMDB

Two singers step in to help an aspiring actress whose grandmother opposes her bid to launch a show-business career

Starring: Frankie Laine, Billy Daniels, Charlotte Austin, Arthur Franz, Ida Moore, Lloyd Corrigan, Barbara Whiting, Ross Ford, Arthur Space, Frank Wilcox ..
Directed by: Richard Quine
Release date: 1952-03-01
Best Music Movies of 1952 : Hank Williams: Kate Smith TV Shows
31.

Hank Williams: Kate Smith TV Shows

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Hank Williams made two appearances on the Kate Smith TV Show in 1952, on 03/26/1952 and on 04/23/1952. The recordings from these two episodes provide us with with the only known available video of the legendary Hank Williams performing. Other guests on the show include Roy Acuff, June Carter and Anita Carter. Performances include Hey, Good Lookin', Cold Cold Heart, I Saw the Light, I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You) and Glory Bound Train.

Starring: Hank Williams, Roy Acuff, June Carter Cash ..
Release date: 1952-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1952 : The Owl And The Pussycat
32.

The Owl And The Pussycat

0.0
6.8/10 IMDB

A short animation based on the Edward Lear poem

Directed by: John Halas, Brian Borthwick
Release date: 1952-01-01
33.

Song of Africa

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

fantasy tale about a young Zulu who leaves his village to go to the city, falls in love with the new music he hears there, and returns home to form a Zulu jazz band. The South African production and distribution company African Films followed up the success of Zonk! with Song of Africa. This is a fantasy tale about a young Zulu who leaves his village to go to the city, falls in love with the new music he hears there, and returns home to form a Zulu jazz band – which then goes to the city to compete with other bands, and comes out on top. As in the earlier films, the impact of American jazz and popular music is enormous. Like African Jim and Zonk!, Song of Africa draws on the best talent from the townships. Director Emil Nofal and director of photography Dave Millin ensure high production values, making it an above-average B-movie.

Directed by: Emil Nofal
Release date: 1952-05-02
Best Music Movies of 1952 : Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 8: Franck, Sibelius, Debussy and Rossini
34.

Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 8: Franck, Sibelius, Debussy and Rossini

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The historic Toscanini television concerts with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Broadcast #8 was of a concert on March 15, 1952, at Carnegie Hall, featuring Sibelius's En Saga, two of Debussy's Nocturnes, and Franck's Redemption. (Concerts #8 and #9 were released on "Vol. 5" in the DVD series.)

Starring: Arturo Toscanini, Martin Bookspan, NBC Symphony Orchestra ..
Release date: 1952-03-15
Best Music Movies of 1952 : The Lady and the Rocket
35.

The Lady and the Rocket

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Romance, music, and 1952 Oldsmobiles.

Starring: Robert Nichols, John Dehner ..
Directed by: Derwin Abbe
Release date: 1952-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1952 : Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 9: Beethoven: Symphony No. 5/Respighi: The Pines of Rome
36.

Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 9: Beethoven: Symphony No. 5/Respighi: The Pines of Rome

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The historic Toscanini television concerts with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Broadcast #9 was of a concert on March 22, 1952, at Carnegie Hall, featuring Beethoven's 5th Symphony and Respighi's Pines of Rome. (Concerts #8 and #9 were released on "Vol. 5" in the DVD series.)

Starring: Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra ..
Release date: 1952-03-22

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