Best Music Movies of 1953


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

7.1/10 IMDB

Lorelei Lee is a beautiful showgirl engaged to be married to the wealthy Gus Esmond, much to the disapproval of Gus' rich father, Esmond Sr., who thinks that Lorelei is just after his money. When Lorelei goes on a cruise accompanied only by her best friend, Dorothy Shaw, Esmond Sr. hires Ernie Malone, a private detective, to follow her and report any questionable behavior that would disqualify her from the marriage.

Starring: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan, George Winslow, Marcel Dalio, Taylor Holmes, Norma Varden, Howard Wendell ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1953-07-14

The Band Wagon

7.4/10 IMDB

A Broadway artiste turns a faded film star's comeback vehicle into an artsy flop.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray, Jack Buchanan, Robert Gist, James Mitchell, Don Beddoe, Henry Corden, Steve Forrest ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1953-08-07

Calamity Jane

7.2/10 IMDB

Sharpshooter Calamity Jane takes it upon herself to recruit a famous actress and bring her back to the local saloon, but jealousy soon gets in the way.

Starring: Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie, Philip Carey, Dick Wesson, Paul Harvey, Chubby Johnson, Gale Robbins, Colin Kenny, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1953-11-04


7.3/10 IMDB

Members of a circus troupe "adopt" Lili Daurier when she finds herself stranded in a strange town. The magician who first comes to her rescue already has romantic entanglements and thinks of her as a little girl. Who can she turn to but the puppets, singing to them her troubles, forgetting that there are puppeteers? A crowd gathers around Lili as she sings. The circus has a new act. She now has a job. Will she get her heart's desire?

Starring: Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Kurt Kasznar, Amanda Blake, Alex Gerry, Ralph Dumke, Wilton Graff, George Baxter ..
Directed by: Charles Walters
Release date: 1953-03-10
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Johann Mouse

Johann Mouse

7.4/10 IMDB

At the home of Viennese composer Johann Strauss lived Johann Mouse. Whenever the composer played his waltzes, the mouse would dance to the music, unable to control himself. One day, when Strauss was away, the house cat played his master's music. When word got out about a piano-playing cat and a dancing mouse, they were commanded to perform for the emperor.

Starring: Hans Conried ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1953-03-21

Kiss Me Kate

7.0/10 IMDB

Fred and Lilli are a divorced pair of actors who are brought together by Cole Porter who has written a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. Of course, the couple seem to act a great deal like the characters they play. A fight on the opening night threatens the production, as well as two thugs who have the mistaken idea that Fred owes their boss money and insist on staying next to him all night.

Starring: Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn, Bobby Van, Tommy Rall, James Whitmore, Kurt Kasznar, Bob Fosse, Ron Randell ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1953-11-26
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Call Me Madam

Call Me Madam

6.8/10 IMDB

Washington hostess Sally Adams becomes a Truman-era US ambassador to a European grand duchy.

Starring: Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Vera-Ellen, George Sanders, Billy De Wolfe, Helmut Dantine, Walter Slezak, Steven Geray, Ludwig Stössel, Lilia Skala ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1953-03-25

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

6.7/10 IMDB

Young Bart Collins lives with his widowed mother Heloise. The major blight on Bart's existence is the hated piano lessons he is forced to endure under the tutelage of the autocratic Dr. Terwilliker. Bart feels that his mother has fallen under Terwilliker's sinister influence, and gripes to visiting plumber August Zabladowski, without much result. While grimly hammering away at his lessons, Bart dozes off and enters a fantastical musical dream.

Starring: Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, Hans Conried, Tommy Rettig, Tony Butala, Noel Cravat, Robert Heasley, Jack Heasley, Alan Aric, Henry Kulky ..
Directed by: Roy Rowland, Stanley Kramer
Release date: 1953-06-19
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Tonight We Sing

Tonight We Sing

6.0/10 IMDB

Tonight We Sing is a 1953 musical biopic film, directed by Mitchell Leisen, based on the life and career of the celebrated impresario Sol Hurok. It stars David Wayne and Ezio Pinza.

Starring: Ezio Pinza, David Wayne, Roberta Peters, Tamara Toumanova, Isaac Stern, Byron Palmer, Jan Peerce, Oskar Karlweis, Bess Flowers, Anne Bancroft ..
Directed by: Mitchell Leisen
Release date: 1953-01-26

By the Light of the Silvery Moon

7.0/10 IMDB

Marjorie Winfield's engagement to Bill Sherman, who has just arrived home from fighting in World War I, serves as the backdrop for the trials and tribulations of her family.

Starring: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Mary Wickes, Leon Ames, Rosemary DeCamp, Billy Gray, Russell Arms, Maria Palmer, Howard Wendell, Walter 'PeeWee' Flannery ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1953-03-26
Best Music Movies of 1953 : The Ford 50th Anniversary Show

The Ford 50th Anniversary Show

7.8/10 IMDB

The program was the first so-called "Television Spectacular". Ford presented the show without commercial interruption. It is believed to be the first time that Edward R. Murrow appeared on NBC in a professional capacity. Also, in 1953, it was necessary for Ford to buy time on two networks to ensure maximum coverage of US TV households - at the time, neither CBS nor NBC reached 100% of them. The famed 1953 television special celebrating the Ford Motor Company's 50th anniversary brought together two of the greatest leading ladies Broadway has ever known. The highlight of the program is Merman and Martin’s 13-minute duet medley, where they sing the songs that made them famous, plus much more. On their own, Merman sings “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and “Mademoiselle from Armetières” and Martin performs a brilliantly comic routine about changes in fashion over the first half of the 20th century.

Starring: Mary Martin, Ethel Merman ..
Directed by: Jerome Robbins
Release date: 1953-06-15

The Story of Three Loves

6.8/10 IMDB

Passengers on an ocean liner recall their greatest loves.

Starring: Pier Angeli, Ethel Barrymore, Leslie Caron, Kirk Douglas, Farley Granger, James Mason, Moira Shearer, Agnes Moorehead, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Richard Anderson ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli, Gottfried Reinhardt
Release date: 1953-03-26
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Main Street to Broadway

Main Street to Broadway

6.1/10 IMDB

In New York, a surly, down-on-his-heels playwright meets a country girl who's giving up trying to act and returning home. He goes with her for inspiration when his agent convinces a stage star to take his next effort. When he returns to Broadway, his girl stays behind and starts seeing a local businessman.

Starring: Tommy Morton, Mary Murphy, Agnes Moorehead, Herb Shriner, Rosemary DeCamp, Clinton Sundberg, Tallulah Bankhead, Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Gertrude Berg ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1953-10-12

Miss Sadie Thompson

5.9/10 IMDB

Sadie Thompson winds up stranded on an island and while her boat is being quarantined, she manages to stir up the blood of every marine on the base.

Starring: Rita Hayworth, José Ferrer, Aldo Ray, Russell Collins, Diosa Costello, Harry Bellaver, Wilton Graff, Peggy Converse, Henry Slate, Rudy Bond ..
Directed by: Curtis Bernhardt
Release date: 1953-12-23

I Love Melvin

6.6/10 IMDB

Melvin Hoover, a budding photographer for Look magazine, accidentally bumps into a young actress named Judy LeRoy in the park. They start to talk and Melvin soon offers to do a photo spread of her. His boss, however, has no intention of using the photos. Melvin wants to marry Judy, but her father would rather she marry dull and dependable Harry Black. As a last resort, Melvin promises to get Judy's photo on the cover of the next issue of Look, a task easier said than done.

Starring: Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Una Merkel, Richard Anderson, Allyn Joslyn, Les Tremayne, Noreen Corcoran, Jim Backus, Barbara Ruick, Nesdon Booth ..
Directed by: Don Weis
Release date: 1953-03-20

Easy to Love

6.2/10 IMDB

Two men vie for the heart of a Cypress Gardens swimming star.

Starring: Esther Williams, Van Johnson, Tony Martin, John Bromfield, Edna Skinner, King Donovan, Larri Thomas, Paul Bryar, Carroll Baker, Ed Oliver ..
Directed by: Charles Walters
Release date: 1953-11-26
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Meet Me at the Fair

Meet Me at the Fair

5.9/10 IMDB

In 1904, Doc Tilbee, medicine show huckster and champion tall-tale teller, gives a ride to a young boy escaped from an orphanage, where bad conditions (the result of political graft) are being investigated by new appointee Zerelda Wing, who doesn't know that her fiancée is one of the politicians responsible. Tad wants to stay with his new friend Doc, who is attracted to Zerelda, to the discomfiture of his old flame Clara...all amid nostalgic musical numbers.

Starring: Dan Dailey, Diana Lynn, Scatman Crothers, Chet Allen, Hugh O'Brian, Carole Mathews, Rhys Williams, Thomas E. Jackson, Russell Simpson, George Chandler ..
Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Release date: 1953-01-01

Bright Road

6.6/10 IMDB

Teachers at an all-black school fight to save a problem child.

Starring: Dorothy Dandridge, Philip Hepburn, Harry Belafonte, Barbara Randolph, Robert Horton, Maidie Norman, Rene Beard, Howard Louis McNeely, Robert McNeeley, Patti Marie Ellis ..
Directed by: Gerald Mayer
Release date: 1953-04-17
Best Music Movies of 1953 : The Desert Song

The Desert Song

6.1/10 IMDB

Shiek Yousseff, poses as a friend of the French while secretly plotting to overthrow them. Apposing Yousseff are the Riffs, whose secret leader, The Red Shadow, is Paul Bonnard, a professor who is studying the desert, and whose attacks on the supply trains intended for Yousseff keep the Riff villages in food. Foreign Legion General Birabeau arrives to conduct an investigation, accompanied by his daughter, Margot. Birabeau hires Bonnard to tutor her, and she is attracted to a Legionaire captain, Claud Fontaine. While the general, Bonnard and Fontaine pay a visit to Yousseff, an American newspaper man, Benji Kidd, discovers a secret way in and out of Yousseff's palace, with the aid of Azuri, a dancing girl in love with Bonnard. The latter is forced to resume his role as the Riffs leader, and kidnap Margot until he can convince her of Yousseff's treachery. But Yousseff's men attack the Riff camp and take Margot prisoner.

Starring: Kathryn Grayson, Gordon MacRae, Steve Cochran, Raymond Massey, Dick Wesson, Allyn Ann McLerie, Ray Collins, Paul Picerni, Frank De Kova, William Conrad ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1953-05-30
Best Music Movies of 1953 : The I Don't Care Girl

The I Don't Care Girl

6.1/10 IMDB

This semi-film within a film opens in the office of producer George Jessel, who never saw a camera he couldn't get in front of, who is holding a story conference to determine the screen treatment for the life of Eva Tanguay, and Jessel is unhappy with what the writers present him.He tells them to look up Eddie McCoy, Eva's one-time partner, for the real inside story on the lusty and vital Eva. Eddie's version is that he discovered her working as a waitress in an Indianapolis restaurant in 1912, wherein singer Larry Woods and his partner Charles Bennett get into a fight over her and both land in the hospital, and McCoy convinces the manager to put Eva on as a single to fill their spot. She flopped, but McCoy arranges for Bennett to be her accompanist, and she went out of his life. The writers look up Bennett, now head of a music publishing company, who says McCoy's story is phony, and it was Flo Zigfeld who discovered Eva for his Follies.

Starring: Mitzi Gaynor, David Wayne, Oscar Levant, Warren Stevens, Craig Hill, Hazel Brooks, Bob Graham, Gwen Verdon, Lovyss Bradley, Marjorie Holliday ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1953-01-14

The Affairs of Dobie Gillis

6.1/10 IMDB

Grainbelt University has one attraction for Dobie Gillis - women, especially Pansy Hammer. Pansy's father, even though and maybe because she says she's in dreamville, does not share her affection for Dobie. An English essay which almost revolutionizes English instruction, and Dobie's role in a chemistry lab explosion convinces Mr. Hammer he is right. Pansy is sent off broken-hearted to an Eastern school, but with the help of Happy Stella Kolawski's all-girl band, several hundred students and an enraged police force, Dobie secures Pansy's return to Grainbelt.

Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Bobby Van, Barbara Ruick, Bob Fosse, Hanley Stafford, Lurene Tuttle, Hans Conried, Charles Lane, Archer MacDonald, Kathleen Freeman ..
Directed by: Don Weis
Release date: 1953-08-14
Best Music Movies of 1953 : The Stars Are Singing

The Stars Are Singing

6.4/10 IMDB

After she enters the United States illegally, 15-year-old Polish singer Katri Walenska (Anna Maria Alberghetti) finds herself under the wing of aspiring singer Terry Brennan (Rosemary Clooney). Soon Terry has Katri booked on a TV talent show -- but her immigration status may cause a problem. This musical classic boasts a host of famous performers, including Metropolitan Opera star Lauritz Melchior. [netflix]

Starring: Rosemary Clooney, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Lauritz Melchior, Fred Clark, Lloyd Corrigan, John Archer, Don Wilson, Bob Williams ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1953-03-11
Best Music Movies of 1953 : The Beggar's Opera

The Beggar's Opera

6.1/10 IMDB

Adaptation of John Gay's 18th century opera, featuring Laurence Olivier as MacHeath and Hugh Griffith as the Beggar.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Hugh Griffith, George Rose, Stuart Burge, Cyril Conway, Gerald Lawson, Dorothy Tutin, George Devine, Mary Clare, Edward Pryor ..
Directed by: Peter Brook
Release date: 1953-10-05
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Remains to Be Seen

Remains to Be Seen

6.2/10 IMDB

A singer and her apartment manager get mixed up in a creepy Park Avenue murder and find themselves facing danger at every turn.

Starring: June Allyson, Van Johnson, Louis Calhern, Angela Lansbury, John Beal, Dorothy Dandridge, Barry Kelley, Sammy White, Kathryn Card, Paul Harvey ..
Directed by: Don Weis
Release date: 1953-05-15
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Dance in the Sun

Dance in the Sun

6.5/10 IMDB

Choreographer Daniel Nagrin performs in a studio and in the sun.

Starring: Daniel Nagrin, Sylvia Marshall ..
Directed by: Shirley Clarke
Release date: 1953-01-01

Dangerous When Wet

6.2/10 IMDB

The health conscious, dairy-farming Higgins family begin each day with an invigorating swim. One day, traveling health-tonic salesman, Windy Weebe, comes to town and suggests they could swim the English Channel. Sponsored by "Liquapep" and coached by Windy, the family arrive in Europe. There it is decided that daughter Katie is the only one strong enough to enter the contest. But while she should be focused on the difficult and risky task ahead, Katie is pursed by dashing Frenchman, André Lanet... This comedic musical is well remembered for the scene when Katie dreams she is swimming with cartoon characters Tom & Jerry!

Starring: Esther Williams, Fernando Lamas, Jack Carson, Charlotte Greenwood, Henri Letondal, Denise Darcel, William Demarest, Donna Corcoran, Barbara Whiting, Bunny Waters ..
Directed by: Charles Walters
Release date: 1953-06-18

Small Town Girl

6.4/10 IMDB

Rick Belrow Livingston, in love with Broadway star Lisa, is sentenced to 30 days in jail for speeding through a small town. He persuades the judge's daughter Cindy to let him leave for one night, so that he can visit Lisa on her birthday. After that he goes on the town with Cindy and she falls in love with him. But Dr. Schemmer wants his son to become her husband.

Starring: Jane Powell, Farley Granger, Ann Miller, S.Z. Sakall, Robert Keith, Bobby Van, Billie Burke, Fay Wray, Nat King Cole, Dean Miller ..
Directed by: László Kardos
Release date: 1953-04-10

Money from Home

6.1/10 IMDB

Herman owes a lot of gambling debts. To pay them off, he promises the mob he'll fix a horse, so that it does not run. He intends to trick his animal-loving cousin Virgil, an apprentice veterinarian, into helping him. Of course, he doesn't tell Virgil what he is really up to. Mistaken identities are assumed, while along the way, Virgil meets a female vet and Herman falls for the owner of the horse.

Starring: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Marjie Millar, Pat Crowley, Richard Haydn, Gerald Mohr, Robert Strauss, Sheldon Leonard, Romo Vincent, Jack Kruschen ..
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1953-12-31

So This Is Love

6.1/10 IMDB

Film biography of opera star Grace Moore, released in 1953.

Starring: Kathryn Grayson, Merv Griffin, Joan Weldon, Walter Abel, Rosemary DeCamp, Jeff Donnell, Douglas Dick, Ann Doran, Mabel Albertson, Margaret Field ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1953-07-15

Give a Girl a Break

6.3/10 IMDB

When the temperamental star of a new Broadway musical revue in rehearsals walks out, director and choreographer Ted Sturgis suggests casting an unknown for the role. When it is announced in the newspapers, throngs of hopefuls show up. The revue's musical composer, Leo Belney, champions ballerina Joanna Moss, while gofer Bob Dowdy is enchanted by novice Suzy Doolittle. Then producer Felix Jordan persuades Ted's former dance partner, Madelyn Corlan, to come out of retirement to try out, much to Ted's great discomfort.

Starring: Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Debbie Reynolds, Dolly Sharp, Bob Fosse, Kurt Kasznar, Richard Anderson, William Ching, Lurene Tuttle, Larry Keating ..
Directed by: Stanley Donen
Release date: 1953-11-13

The Jazz Singer

5.7/10 IMDB

As Jerry Golding scales the heights of show business, he breaks the heart of his father, who'd hoped that Jerry would follow in his footsteps. Sorrowfully, Cantor Golding reads the Kaddish service, indicating that, so far as he is concerned, his son is dead. A tearful reconciliation occurs when Jerry dutifully returns to sing the "Kol Nidre" in his ailing father's absence.

Starring: Danny Thomas, Peggy Lee, Eduard Franz, Mildred Dunnock, Alex Gerry, Allyn Joslyn, Tom Tully, Harold Gordon, Hal Ross, Justin Smith ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1953-02-14
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor

Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor

6.2/10 IMDB

Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor [also known as The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture] is a 1953 American short musical film produced by Johnny Green. The film consists of the MGM Symphony Orchestra playing the Overture to Otto Nicolai's opera The Merry Wives of Windsor, also conducted by Johnny Green. It won an Oscar in 1954 for Best Short Subject, One-Reel.

Starring: Johnny Green ..
Directed by: Johnny Green
Release date: 1953-12-22

Half a Hero

5.7/10 IMDB

A man moves his family from the big city to the suburbs.

Starring: Red Skelton, Jean Hagen, Mary Wickes, Frank Cady, Dabbs Greer, Charles Dingle, Willard Waterman ..
Directed by: Don Weis
Release date: 1953-05-11
Best Music Movies of 1953 : The Eddie Cantor Story

The Eddie Cantor Story

5.6/10 IMDB

Film biography of entertainer Eddie Cantor, with Keefe Brasselle starring as the popular stage, radio and movie comic.

Starring: Keefe Brasselle, Marilyn Erskine, Aline MacMahon, Arthur Franz, Alex Gerry, Greta Granstedt, Gerald Mohr, William Forrest, Jackie Barnett, Richard Monda ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1953-12-25
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Here Come the Girls

Here Come the Girls

5.8/10 IMDB

Bob Hope stars as an inept member of the chorus boy in a turn of the century stage show. After being fired, he finds himself starring acting as a decoy when a killer goes after the real star.

Starring: Bob Hope, Tony Martin, Arlene Dahl, Rosemary Clooney, Millard Mitchell, William Demarest, Fred Clark, Robert Strauss, Zamah Cunningham, Frank Orth ..
Directed by: Claude Binyon
Release date: 1953-10-22
Best Music Movies of 1953 : The Girl Next Door

The Girl Next Door

6.3/10 IMDB

Stage-and-night club star Jeannie Laird buys her first home, and everyone who is anyone comes to her first garden party only to be blinded by smoke from next door. Jeannie charges next door to bawl out her new neighbor and meets comic-strip artist Bill Carter. Bill has devoted himself to his strip, and raising his ten-year-old son Joe since the death of his wife. Joe bases his strip on the everyday happenings of he and his son and is proud of keeping it scrupulously honest. When Jeannie and Bill fall in love, young Joe is hurt, especially when Bill starts using a lot of the father-son time to be with Jeannie. Bill cancels a father-son trip to Canada, and Joe decides to write a letter to Bill's syndicate pointing out that the current plot line of the script being set in Canada isn't honest, since they didn't go.

Starring: Dan Dailey, June Haver, Dennis Day, Billy Gray, Cara Williams, Natalie Schafer, Clinton Sundberg, Hayden Rorke, Mary Jane Saunders ..
Directed by: Richard Sale
Release date: 1953-05-13
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Let's Do It Again

Let's Do It Again

5.7/10 IMDB

Composer Gary Stuart (Ray Milland) and his wife, Connie (Jane Wyman), have an argument over her alleged affair with Courtney Craig (Tom Helmore). The Stuarts agree to get divorced, and each tries to move on to a new love: Gary with socialite Deborah Randolph (Karin Booth) and Connie with businessman Frank McGraw (Aldo Ray). However, they start to realize that they still have strong feelings for each other. The Stuarts must make a decision before their divorce is final.

Starring: Jane Wyman, Ray Milland, Aldo Ray, Leon Ames, Tom Helmore, Valerie Bettis, Karin Booth, Mary Treen, Kathryn Givney, Herbert Heyes ..
Directed by: Alexander Hall
Release date: 1953-06-16

The Hound of Heaven

8.9/10 IMDB

Recently drowned Hyder Simpson refuses to pass through the Pearly Gates if it means leaving his beloved, possum hunting hound Rip behind.

Starring: Kate Smith, John Carradine, Edgar Stehli, James Dean ..
Directed by: Alan Neuman
Release date: 1953-01-15
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Oss Oss Wee Oss

Oss Oss Wee Oss

7.6/10 IMDB

Padstow, a fishing village on the coast of Cornwall, celebrates May Day with an ancient custom: two osses (hobby-horses) dance through the town streets accompanied by drums and accordions. All Padstownians participate in the event, which has now become a tourist attraction drawing over tens of thousands of annual visitors. Folklorists Alan Lomax and Peter Kennedy and filmmaker George Pickow collected footage at the festival in 1951, producing a pioneering work in the use of sound, low-light photography, and conversational presentation of narrative. A favorite of Margaret Mead, who used it in her classes, the film circulated widely and continues to have influence today, especially in the neo-Pagan community.

Starring: Charlie Chilton, Charlie Bate ..
Directed by: Alan Lomax
Release date: 1953-01-02
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Capriccio Italien

Capriccio Italien

6.8/10 IMDB

Johnny Green conducts the MGM Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Tchaikovsky's "Capriccio Italien".

Starring: Johnny Green ..
Directed by: Paul Vogel
Release date: 1953-06-04
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Cruisin' Down the River

Cruisin' Down the River

6.7/10 IMDB

A New Yorker inherits an old river boat and decides to turn it into a night club while falling in love with Sally Jane, the granddaughter of his worse enemy.

Starring: Dick Haymes, Audrey Totter, Cecil Kellaway, Connie Russell, Douglas Fowley, Billy Daniels, Larry J. Blake, Johnny Downs, Byron Foulger, Bess Flowers ..
Directed by: Richard Quine
Release date: 1953-08-02
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Sweethearts on Parade

Sweethearts on Parade

6.7/10 IMDB

Cam Ellerby brings his traveling medicine show to town and it spells glamour and excitement to young Sylvia Townsend.

Starring: Ray Middleton, Lucille Norman, Eileen Christy, Bill Shirley, Clinton Sundberg, Harry Carey, Jr., Irving Bacon, Leon Tyler, Muriel Lawrence, Estelita Rodriguez ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1953-07-15
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Old Overland Trail

Old Overland Trail

6.2/10 IMDB

Anchor is building a railroad and to get cheap labor he gets Black Hawk's Indians to attack and burn the incoming wagon train. This forces the settlers to work for Anchor and he pays them in devalued scrip. When Rex figures out Anchor's swindle, Anchor gets Black Hawk to capture him. When Anchor turns on Black Hawk and shoots him, Black Hawk gets a chance to repay a debt to Rex.

Starring: Rex Allen, Koko, Slim Pickens, Roy Barcroft, Virginia Hall, Gil Herman, Leonard Nimoy, Wade Crosby, Zon Murray, Harry Harvey ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1953-02-25
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Walking My Baby Back Home

Walking My Baby Back Home

6.1/10 IMDB

A young man from a wealthy New York family pursues a career as the leader of a dance band. Musical.

Starring: Donald O'Connor, Janet Leigh, Buddy Hackett, Scatman Crothers, George Cleveland, Kathleen Lockhart, Lori Nelson, Walter Kingsford, Norman Abbott, Stuart Whitman ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1953-12-06
Best Music Movies of 1953 : The Farmer Takes a Wife

The Farmer Takes a Wife

5.2/10 IMDB

Erie Canal, N.Y., 1850: Molly Larkins, cook on Jotham Klore's canal boat, has a love-hate relationship with her boss. She hires handsome new haul-horse driver Dan Harrow and the inevitable triangle develops (complicated by Dan's desire to farm and Molly's to boat) against a background of the canalmen's fight against the encroaching railroad.

Starring: Betty Grable, Dale Robertson, Thelma Ritter, John Carroll, Eddie Foy Jr., Charlotte Austin, Kathleen Crowley, Merry Anders, May Wynn, Juanita Evers ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1953-06-12
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Melba


5.5/10 IMDB

Rural Australian Nellie Melba becomes an opera star in 1900s Europe and the United States.

Starring: Patrice Munsel, Robert Morley, John McCallum, John Justin, Alec Clunes, Martita Hunt, Sybil Thorndike, Joseph Tomelty, Beatrice Varley, Violetta Elvin ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1953-08-07
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Down Among the Sheltering Palms

Down Among the Sheltering Palms

5.6/10 IMDB

War-weary Captain Willoby and his men are the occupation force on an island of lovely women...and are forbidden to fraternize.

Starring: William Lundigan, Jane Greer, Mitzi Gaynor, David Wayne, Gloria DeHaven, Gene Lockhart, Jack Paar, Alvin Greenman, Billy Gilbert, Henry Kulky ..
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1953-03-01


5.4/10 IMDB

Directed by: Devendra Goel
Release date: 1953-11-11
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Stardust in Your Eyes

Stardust in Your Eyes

4.6/10 IMDB

Rockabilly singer Slick Slavin illustrates how popular screen stars will appear in new 3D technology.

Starring: Trustin Howard ..
Directed by: Phil Tucker
Release date: 1953-06-24
Best Music Movies of 1953 : A Bedroom Fantasy

A Bedroom Fantasy

0.0/10 IMDB

Lili St. Cyr is about ready for bedtime, which of course she does in the nude.

Starring: Lili St. Cyr, The Duponts, The Folliettes ..
Directed by: W. Merle Connell, Lillian Hunt
Release date: 1953-01-01

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