Best Music Movies of 1953

1.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

5.3
7.2/10 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
2.

The Band Wagon

5.3
7.5/10 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
3.

Calamity Jane

4.4
7.3/10 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
Best Music Movies of 1953 : Daybreak Express
4.

Daybreak Express

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Set to a classic Duke Ellington recording "Daybreak Express", this is a five-minute short of the soon-to-be-demolished Third Avenue elevated subway station in New York City.

Directed by: D. A. Pennebaker
Release date: 1953-01-01
5.

Lili

3.8
7.4/10 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
6.

Johann Mouse

3.7
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
7.

Kiss Me Kate

3.7
7.1/10 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
8.

Call Me Madam

3.5
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
9.

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

3.5
6.8/10 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
Release date: 1953-06-19
10.

The Story of Three Loves

3.4
6.9/10 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

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