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. Bing still loves her. Spy magazine blackmails Grace'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
3.

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
Best Music Movies of 1956 : The Eddy Duchin Story
4.

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
5.

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
6.

The Benny Goodman Story

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

The Benny Goodman Story is a biographical film starring Steve Allen and Donna Reed, directed by Valentine Davies and released by Universal Studios in 1956. The film is based on the life of famed clarinetist Benny Goodman, who recorded most of the clarinet solos used in the film. The film captures several major moments in Goodman's life but it has been described as less than accurate in details. Goodman's Jewish background is never explicitly mentioned, despite it playing a part in his artistic and personal endeavors for decades. In one scene, where his mother tries to talk him out of a romance with Alice Hammond, played by Donna Reed, whom Goodman eventually married, she says, "Bagels and caviar don't mix."

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: 1956-01-01
7.

The Opposite Sex

3.3
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: 1956-10-26
8.

Love Me Tender

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

Elvis Prestley's first film is a Civil War drama.

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 : High Tor
9.

High Tor

3.3
8.2/10 IMDB

High Tor is a 1936 play by Maxwell Anderson. Twenty years after the original production, Anderson adapted it into a television musical with Arthur Schwartz. Anderson first considered a musical adaptation of High Tor for television in 1949. He and John Monks Jr. adapted the play as a made-for-television musical fantasy in 1955, with music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Anderson. High Tor was filmed in November 1955 by Desilu Productions at the RKO-Pathé Studio and broadcast March 10, 1956 on the CBS television network, as a 90-minute episode of the series Ford Star Jubilee. Bing Crosby, Julie Andrews, Nancy Olson, Hans Conreid, and Keenan Wynn starred in the film, produced by Arthur Schwartz, and directed by James Neilson.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Julie Andrews, Nancy Olson, Everett Sloane, Lloyd Corrigan, Hans Conried ..
Directed by: James Neilson, Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1956-03-10
Best Music Movies of 1956 : Don't Knock The Rock
10.

Don't Knock The Rock

2.9
5.8/10 IMDB

Rock-and-roller Arnie Haynes returns to his hometown as a hero to the teenagers. However, the mayor and other concerned adults have banned him from performing in his hometown because they consider him and his music a negative influence on the youth. But with the help of disc jockey/publicist Alan Freed and fellow artists (including Bill Haley and the Comets and Little Richard), they hope to convince everyone that rock and roll is not as dangerous as the adults think.

Starring: Alan Freed, Little Richard, Bill Haley, Patricia Hardy, Alan Dale ..
Directed by: Fred F. Sears
Release date: 1956-12-14

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