Best Music Movies of 1954


A Star Is Born

7.5/10 IMDB

A movie star helps a young singer-actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

Starring: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford, Tommy Noonan, Lucy Marlow, Amanda Blake, Irving Bacon, Hazel Shermet, Lotus Robb ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1954-10-01

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

7.3/10 IMDB

In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

Starring: Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, Marc Platt, Jane Powell, Jacques d'Amboise, Julie Newmar, Matt Mattox, Nancy Kilgas ..
Directed by: Stanley Donen
Release date: 1954-07-22

White Christmas

7.5/10 IMDB

Two talented song-and-dance men team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. In time they befriend and become romantically involved with the beautiful Haynes sisters who comprise a sister act.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes, John Brascia, Anne Whitfield, Bea Allen, Glen Cargyle ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1954-10-14

River of No Return

6.6/10 IMDB

An itinerant farmer and his young son help a heart-of-gold saloon singer search for her estranged husband.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun, Tommy Rettig, Murvyn Vye, Douglas Spencer, Will Wright, Don Beddoe, Arthur Shields, John Doucette ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1954-04-30

The Glenn Miller Story

7.2/10 IMDB

A vibrant tribute to one of America's legendary bandleaders, charting Glenn Miller's rise from obscurity and poverty to fame and wealth in the early 1940s.

Starring: James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan, Charles Drake, George Tobias, Barton MacLane, Sig Ruman, Irving Bacon, James Bell, Kathleen Lockhart ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1954-01-04


6.8/10 IMDB

Americans Jeff and Tommy, hunting in Scotland, stumble upon a village - Brigadoon. They soon learn that the town appears once every 100 years in order to preserve its peace and special beauty. The citizens go to bed at night and when they wake up, it's 100 years later. Tommy falls in love with a beautiful young woman, Fiona, and is torn between staying or going back to his hectic life in New York.

Starring: Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse, Barry Jones, Elaine Stewart, Hugh Laing, Albert Sharpe, Virginia Bosler, Jimmy Thompson, Tudor Owen ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1954-09-08

The Country Girl

7.3/10 IMDB

An ex-theater actor is given one more chance to star in a musical yet his alcoholism may prevent it from happening.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden, Anthony Ross, Gene Reynolds, Jacqueline Fontaine, Eddie Ryder, Robert Kent, John W. Reynolds, George Chakiris ..
Directed by: George Seaton
Release date: 1954-12-15

Carmen Jones

6.7/10 IMDB

The tale of the cigarette-maker Carmen and the Spanish cavalry soldier Don Jose is translated into a modern-day story of a parachute factory worker and a stalwart GI named Joe who is about to go to flying school. Conflict arises when a prize-ring champ captures the heart of Carmen after she has seduced Joe and caused him to go AWOL.

Starring: Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Olga James, Pearl Bailey, Brock Peters, Roy Glenn, Diahann Carroll, Joe Adams, Nick Stewart, Le Vern Hutcherson ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1954-10-28

Living It Up

6.6/10 IMDB

Homer Flagg (Lewis) is a railroad worker in the small town of Desert Hole, New Mexico. One day he finds an abandoned automobile at an old atomic proving ground. His doctor and best friend, Steve Harris (Martin), diagnoses him with radiation poisoning and gives Homer three weeks to live. A reporter for a New York newspaper, hears of Homer's plight and convinces her editor, to provide an all-expenses paid trip to New York.

Starring: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Janet Leigh, Edward Arnold, Fred Clark, Sheree North, Sig Ruman, Richard Loo, Eduard Franz, Walter Baldwin ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1954-07-15

Young at Heart

6.7/10 IMDB

The lives and romances of three sisters in a musical family; the youngest daughter's life is complicated by the subsequent arrival of a charming composer and a cynical music arranger.

Starring: Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Gig Young, Ethel Barrymore, Dorothy Malone, Robert Keith, Elisabeth Fraser, Alan Hale Jr., Lonny Chapman, Frank Ferguson ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1954-12-01


6.2/10 IMDB

A rich, young beauty, Louise Durant, follows the man she loves and hopes to marry to Zurich where he studies violin at the conservatory. A piano student at the conservatory falls madly in love with Louise. The violinist loves his music first and Louise second. The pianist loves Louise first and his music second. Louise must ultimately choose which man she wants.

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Vittorio Gassman, John Ericson, Louis Calhern, Michael Chekhov, Barbara Bates, Richard Hageman, Richard Lupino, Celia Lovsky, Stuart Whitman ..
Directed by: Charles Vidor
Release date: 1954-04-16

There's No Business Like Show Business

6.4/10 IMDB

Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family act begins to fall apart.

Starring: Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, Mitzi Gaynor, Dan Dailey, Donald O'Connor, Johnnie Ray, Richard Eastham, Hugh O'Brian, Frank McHugh, Rhys Williams ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1954-12-16
Best Music Movies of 1954 : So This Is Paris

So This Is Paris

6.0/10 IMDB

Three sailors on leave head for Paris with one thing on their minds.

Starring: Tony Curtis, Gloria DeHaven, Gene Nelson, Corinne Calvet, Paul Gilbert, Mara Corday, Ann Codee, Arthur Gould-Porter, Roger Etienne, Allison Hayes ..
Directed by: Richard Quine
Release date: 1954-12-15
Best Music Movies of 1954 : Pigs Is Pigs

Pigs Is Pigs

7.0/10 IMDB

Flannery, a railway agent does everything by the book. He gets into a scrape with a customer, McMorehouse, who wants to pay 44 cents freight for two guinea pigs which he considers pets. Flannery, however, considers them pigs (freight 48 cents), a decision he begins to regret when the animals begin to reproduce.

Starring: Gary Owens, Bill Thompson, Bob Hamlin, Bill Lee, Thurl Ravenscroft, Max Smith ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1954-05-21

The Student Prince

6.5/10 IMDB

A prince has a romance with a barmaid before he must give up personal happiness for duty.

Starring: Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom, John Ericson, Louis Calhern, Edmund Gwenn, S.Z. Sakall, Betta St. John, John Williams, Evelyn Varden, John Hoyt ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1954-06-15

Deep in My Heart

6.3/10 IMDB

Biographic movie about the American composer Sigmund Romberg.

Starring: José Ferrer, Merle Oberon, Helen Traubel, Doe Avedon, Walter Pidgeon, Paul Henreid, Tamara Toumanova, Isobel Elsom, David Burns, Jim Backus ..
Directed by: Stanley Donen
Release date: 1954-12-09

Lucky Me

6.0/10 IMDB

Three struggling theatrical performers meet a famous songwriter who is trying to convince a wealthy oilman to finance a musical he is scripting, promising them stardom if it comes to fruition.

Starring: Doris Day, Robert Cummings, Phil Silvers, Eddie Foy Jr., Nancy Walker, Martha Hyer, Bill Goodwin, Marcel Dalio, Hayden Rorke, James Burke ..
Directed by: Jack Donohue
Release date: 1954-04-09

Babes in Toyland

7.4/10 IMDB

Based on the classic Broadway operetta by Victor Herbert and Glen MacDonough, this live television special became an annual Christmas tradition with rotating cast members.

Starring: Jo Sullivan, Dennis Day, Jack E. Leonard, Wally Cox, Dave Garroway, Bil Baird, Cora Baird, Rod Alexander, Ellen Barrie, Edward Brian ..
Directed by: Max Liebman
Release date: 1954-12-18
Best Music Movies of 1954 : New Faces

New Faces

5.4/10 IMDB

New Faces was a musical revue with songs and comedy skits tied together by a quirky plot. It ran on Broadway for nearly a year in 1952 and was then made into a motion picture in 1954. It helped jump start the careers of several young performers including Paul Lynde, Alice Ghostley, Eartha Kitt, Carol Lawrence, performer/writer Mel Brooks (as Melvin Brooks), and lyricist Sheldon Harnick. The film was basically a reproduction of the stage revue with a thin plot added. The plot involved a producer and performer (Ronny Graham) in financial trouble and is trying to stave off an angry creditor long enough to open his show. A wealthy Texan offers to help out, on the condition that his daughter be in the show.

Starring: Eartha Kitt, Ronny Graham, Robert Clary, Alice Ghostley, June Carroll, Virginia Wilson, Paul Lynde, Bill Mullikin, Rosemary O'Reilly, Allen Conroy ..
Directed by: Harry Horner, John Beal
Release date: 1954-02-19
Best Music Movies of 1954 : Anything Goes

Anything Goes

6.6/10 IMDB

On an ocean liner, a nightclub singer tries to help a fellow American romance an English heiress who is being forced to return home to marry a man she doesn't love. The American must avoid his boss who is traveling on the same vessel and disguises himself as a gangster traveling with a minister who is, in fact, a disguised gangster on the lam.

Starring: Ethel Merman, Frank Sinatra, Bert Lahr, Sheree North, Nestor Paiva, Arthur Gould-Porter, Barbara Morrison, Lou Krugman, Norman Abbott ..
Directed by: Sid Smith
Release date: 1954-02-28
Best Music Movies of 1954 : Jazz Dance

Jazz Dance

6.7/10 IMDB

Few films wield the awesome spiritual power of Jazz Dance, on which Leacock was one of two cameramen charting the slow, smoldering build of a Manhattan dance club from idle space to explosive, carnal bacchanal. Employing handheld cameras, limited light and sheer proximity, the film achieved an intimacy never before witnessed in a documentary.

Starring: Jimmy McPartland, Pee Wee Russell, Willie 'The Lion' Smith ..
Directed by: Roger Tilton
Release date: 1954-09-04
Best Music Movies of 1954 : A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

5.9/10 IMDB

A Christmas Carol was written in London by Charles Dickens in 1843. Since that time it has been the subject of countless adaptations for theatrical productions, radio, film, television, and even the opera! This musical version, adapted by Maxwell Anderson for the television show Shower of Stars, features Fredric March (The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit) as the misanthropic Ebenezer Scrooge, who's redemption comes after a ghostly night-time journey through his Christmas Past, Present and Future, and March received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal. The great Basil Rathbone (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) co-stars as the ghost of Scrooge's dead partner Jacob Marley, in what many consider to be the best and most chilling portrayal of Marley ever.

Starring: William Lundigan, Mary Costa, Fredric March, Basil Rathbone, Bob Sweeney, Christopher Cook, Craig Hill, Queenie Leonard, Rex Evans, Peter Miles ..
Directed by: Ralph Levy
Release date: 1954-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1954 : King Richard and the Crusaders

King Richard and the Crusaders

5.5/10 IMDB

Based on Sir Walter Scott's The Talisman, this is the story of the romantic adventures of Christians and Muslims during the battle for the Holy Land in the time of King Richard the Lionheart.

Starring: Rex Harrison, Virginia Mayo, George Sanders, Laurence Harvey, Robert Douglas, Michael Pate, Paula Raymond, Lester Matthews, Anthony Eustrel, Henry Corden ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1954-08-07
Best Music Movies of 1954 : Strauss Fantasy

Strauss Fantasy

7.0/10 IMDB

Johnny Green leads the MGM Symphony Orchestra in a medley of waltzes and other familiar pieces by three members of the Strauss family.

Starring: Johnny Green, John Dehner, The MGM Symphony Orchestra ..
Directed by: Johnny Green
Release date: 1954-06-15

Top Banana

5.5/10 IMDB

Jerry Biffle is the star of the Blendo Soap Program. He has been invited to participate in an autograph-signing party for his new book at an important department store. Jerry meets Sally Peters, one of the department store models, and makes her part of his TV troupe. As part of his campaign to court Sally, Jerry gets Cliff Lane, the tenor of his TV company, to sing to her over the phone. When Sally and Cliff meet, they fall in love, with Biffle ignorant of the complications.

Starring: Phil Silvers, Judy Lynne, Danny Scholl, Rose Marie, Jack Albertson, Bradford Hatton, Johnny Coy, Dick Dana, Joey Faye, Johnny Trama ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1954-02-22
Best Music Movies of 1954 : The First Piano Quartette

The First Piano Quartette

6.0/10 IMDB

The First Piano Quartette is a 1954 short documentary film directed by Otto Lang. It shows the First Piano Quartette composed of Adan Garner, Edward Edson, Frank Mittler and Glauco D'Attilli as they play Lecuona's "Malaguena," Debussy's "Clair de Lune," and John Phillip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever." The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Subject, One-Reel.

Directed by: Otto Lang
Release date: 1954-05-04

La Gazza Ladra Overture

6.8/10 IMDB

In this short, Johnny Green leads the MGM Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the overture to Rossini's "La Gazza Ladra".

Starring: Johnny Green ..
Release date: 1954-09-16
Best Music Movies of 1954 : Autumn in Rome

Autumn in Rome

7.1/10 IMDB

A lonely young woman sings two melancholy ballads in her Manhattan high rise apartment.

Starring: Patti Page ..
Directed by: William Cameron Menzies
Release date: 1954-05-10
Best Music Movies of 1954 : Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

6.5/10 IMDB

An "electronic puppet" version of the Humperdinck opera, adapted for children and using spoken dialogue as well as Humperdinck's music.

Starring: Anna Russell, Mildred Dunnock, Frank Rogier, Delbert Anderson, Helen Boatwright, Constance Brigham ..
Directed by: John Paul
Release date: 1954-10-09
Best Music Movies of 1954 : Satins and Spurs

Satins and Spurs

6.4/10 IMDB

A rodeo performer at a show in Madison Square Garden falls for a handsome photographer who's been assigned to do a story on the show for Life Magazine.

Starring: Betty Hutton, Kevin McCarthy, Guy Raymond, Genevieve, Mary Ellen Kay, Neva Patterson, Maggi McNellis, Edwin Phillips, Joe Ross, Mary Ellen Moylan ..
Directed by: Max Liebman, Charles O'Curran
Release date: 1954-09-12

Two for the Record

6.2/10 IMDB

Animated sequences are set to two Benny Goodman numbers.

Starring: Benny Goodman ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney, Joshua Meador
Release date: 1954-04-23
Best Music Movies of 1954 : The Man on the Flying Trapeze

The Man on the Flying Trapeze

5.6/10 IMDB

Sort of a cartoon version of "All About Eve" or people-using-people themes. It opens with a man singing the title song, accompanied by a pianist, a trumpeter and a trombonist. A flashback to the story of Fifi who leaves Waldo for Alonzo, and then leaves Alonzo for the circus owner. Back in the present it is shown that all three men are the musicians and they are almost run down by a limousine, occupied by Fifi, now a stage star.

Directed by: Ted Parmelee
Release date: 1954-04-07
Best Music Movies of 1954 : Harmony Lane

Harmony Lane

5.0/10 IMDB

The first British 3D short, this delightful 27 minute short is like spending a night at the Palladium with several variety acts. They include dancing by the Jack Billings Trio; a song by the Beverley Sisters; "Swan Lake" by Svetlana Beriosova and David Paltenghi of the Sadler's Wells Ballet; precision dancing by The Television Toppers and a comedy routine with Dora Bryan and Max Bygraves.

Starring: Svetlana Beriosova, The Beverley Sisters, Jack Billings Trio, Dora Bryan, Max Bygraves, David Paltenghi, The Television Toppers ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1954-11-20

Candy Cabaret

4.6/10 IMDB

Set in a nightclub in Sugarland---not the one in Texas---the bon-bons, lollipops, taffy and other sweet-and-sticky citizens perform in a musical show. The grand finale features the Sugar Lump Orchestra playing "Ain't She Sweet" while the bouncing-ball leads the theatre audience in a sing-along.

Starring: Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Dave Tendlar
Release date: 1954-06-11

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