Best Music Movies of 1956

1.

The King and I

5.4
7.4/10 IMDB

Widowed Welsh mother Anna Loenowens becomes a governess and English tutor to the wives and many children of the stubborn King Mongkut of Siam. Anna and the King have a clash of personalities as she works to teach the royal family about the English language, customs and etiquette, and rushes to prepare a party for a group of European diplomats who must change their opinions about the King.

Starring: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson, Terry Saunders, Rex Thompson, Carlos Rivas, Patrick Adiarte, Alan Mowbray, Geoffrey Toone ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1956-06-29
2.

High Society

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Childhood friends Tracy Lord and C.K. Dexter Haven got married and quickly divorced. Now Tracy is about to marry again, this time to a shrewd social-climbing businessman. C.K. still loves her. Spy magazine blackmails Tracy's family by threatening to reveal her playboy father's exploits if not allowed to cover the wedding.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm, John Lund, Louis Calhern, Sidney Blackmer, Louis Armstrong, Margalo Gillmore, Lydia Reed ..
Directed by: Charles Walters
Release date: 1956-07-17
Best Music Movies of 1956 : The Eddy Duchin Story
3.

The Eddy Duchin Story

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

The life story of the famous pianist and band-leader of the 1930s and 1940s.

Starring: Kim Novak, Tyrone Power, James Whitmore, Victoria Shaw, Rex Thompson, Shepperd Strudwick, Frieda Inescort, Gloria Holden, Larry Keating, Jack Albertson ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1956-05-02
4.

The Girl Can't Help It

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

A down-and-out gangster hires an alcoholic press agent to make his blonde bombshell girlfriend a recording star in 6 weeks. But what is he going to do when he finds out that she has no talent? And what is going to happen when the two fall in love?

Starring: Jayne Mansfield, Tom Ewell, Edmond O'Brien, Julie London, Ray Anthony, Barry Gordon, Henry Jones, John Emery, Juanita Moore, Fats Domino ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1956-12-01
5.

Love Me Tender

3.4
6.2/10 IMDB

At the end of the Civil War, a Confederate team is ordered to rob a Union payroll train but the war ends leaving these men with their Union loot, until the Feds come looking for it.

Starring: Richard Egan, Debra Paget, Elvis Presley, Robert Middleton, William Campbell, Neville Brand, Mildred Dunnock, Bruce Bennett, James Drury, Russ Conway ..
Directed by: Robert D. Webb
Release date: 1956-11-15
Best Music Movies of 1956 : Bundle of Joy
6.

Bundle of Joy

3.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Kitschy musical remake of "Bachelor Mother". Debbie Reynolds plays an over-eager clerk in a large department store and Eddie Fisher plays the boss' son. After getting fired from her job, she finds an adorable baby on the steps of the foundling home and the folks inside mistake her for the mother. Fisher, well-meaning, but obtuse, tries to help her out with the baby, and the buds of romance begin to appear. Meanwhile old Merlin, the owner of the store, thinks he just might be a grandfather...

Starring: Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Adolphe Menjou, Tommy Noonan, Nita Talbot, Una Merkel, Melville Cooper, Bill Goodwin, Howard McNear, Mary Treen ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1956-12-12
Best Music Movies of 1956 : Rock Around the Clock
7.

Rock Around the Clock

3.4
6.2/10 IMDB

A frustrated big-band promoter runs in to rock-and-rollers Bill Haley and the Comets at a small-town dance. He quickly becomes their manager and, with the help of Alan Freed, hopes to bring the new sound to the entire country. But will a conniving booking agent, with a personal ax to grind with the manager, conspire to keep the band from making the big time?

Starring: Johnny Johnston, Alix Talton, Lisa Gaye, John Archer, Henry Slate, Earl Barton, Bill Haley, Alan Freed, Freddie Bell, Tony Martinez ..
Directed by: Fred F. Sears
Release date: 1956-03-21
8.

Carousel

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Billy Bigelow has been dead for 15 years. Now outside the pearly gates, he long ago waived his right to go back to Earth for a day. He has heard that there is a problem with his family: namely with his wife Julie Bigelow, née Jordan, and his child he hasn't met. He would now like to head back to Earth to assist in rectifying the problem; but before he may go, he has to get permission from the gatekeeper by telling him his story. Adapted from the Rodgers and Hammerstein hit Broadway musical.

Starring: Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Ruick, Claramae Turner, Robert Rounseville, Gene Lockhart, Audrey Christie, Susan Luckey, William LeMassena ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1956-02-16
Best Music Movies of 1956 : The Benny Goodman Story
9.

The Benny Goodman Story

3.3
6.7/10 IMDB

Young Benny Goodman is taught clarinet by a music professor. He is advised to play whichever kind of music he likes best, but to make a living, Benny begins by joining the Ben Pollack traveling band.

Starring: Steve Allen, Donna Reed, Berta Gersten, Barry Truex, Herbert Anderson, Robert F. Simon, Hy Averback, Sammy Davis Sr., Dick Winslow, Shepard Menken ..
Directed by: Valentine Davies
Release date: 1956-02-02
10.

The Opposite Sex

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

Former radio singer Kay learns from her gossipy friends that her husband, Steve, has had an affair with chorus girl Crystal. Devastated, Kay tries to ignore the information, but when Crystal performs one of her musical numbers at a charity benefit, she breaks down and goes to Reno to file for divorce. However, when she hears that gold-digging Crystal is making Steve unhappy, Kay resolves to get her husband back.

Starring: June Allyson, Joan Collins, Dolores Gray, Leslie Nielsen, Ann Sheridan, Joan Blondell, Ann Miller, Jeff Richards, Agnes Moorehead, Charlotte Greenwood ..
Directed by: David Miller
Release date: 1956-11-15

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