Best Music Movies of 1957


What's Opera, Doc?

8.3/10 IMDB

Bugs is in drag as the Valkyrie Brunhilde, who is pursued by Elmer playing the demigod Siegfried.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1957-07-06

Funny Face

7.0/10 IMDB

A shy Greenwich Village book clerk is discovered by a fashion photographer and whisked off to Paris where she becomes a reluctant model.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, Robert Flemyng, Dovima, Suzy Parker, Sunny Hartnett, Jean Del Val, Virginia Gibson ..
Directed by: Stanley Donen
Release date: 1957-02-13

Jailhouse Rock

6.5/10 IMDB

After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Vaughn Taylor, Jennifer Holden, Dean Jones, Anne Neyland, Percy Helton, Tracey Morgan ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1957-11-08
Best Music Movies of 1957 : Daybreak Express

Daybreak Express

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: 1957-01-01


7.6/10 IMDB

Julie Andrews was nominated for an Emmy for portraying the titular scullery maid who finds true love with a prince in this legendary adaptation of one of the most famous fairy tales of all time. A musical, made-for-television, with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, it is the only of the legendary composing team's musicals created specifically for that medium. It was originally broadcast live on CBS on March 31, 1957, and was a phenomenal success, viewed by more than 107 million people. Though it originally aired in full color, only a black & white kinescope of the production has survived.

Starring: Julie Andrews, Ilka Chase, Kaye Ballard, Alice Ghostley, Edie Adams, Howard Lindsay, Howard Lindsay, David F. Perkins, Jon Cypher, George Hall ..
Directed by: Ralph Nelson
Release date: 1957-03-31

Silk Stockings

6.8/10 IMDB

After three bumbling Soviet agents fail in their mission to retrieve a straying Soviet composer from Paris, the beautiful, ultra-serious Ninotchka is sent to complete their mission and to retrieve them. She starts out condemning the decadent West, but gradually falls under its spell—with the help of an American movie producer. A remake of Ninotchka (1939).

Starring: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Janis Paige, Peter Lorre, George Tobias, Jules Munshin, Joseph Buloff, Wim Sonneveld, Barrie Chase, Tybee Brascia ..
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
Release date: 1957-06-28

Pal Joey

6.6/10 IMDB

An opportunistic singer woos a wealthy widow to boost his career.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Rita Hayworth, Barbara Nichols, Bobby Sherwood, Hank Henry, Elizabeth Patterson, Hermes Pan, John Alban, Franklyn Farnum ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1957-10-25

The Pajama Game

6.7/10 IMDB

An Iowa pajama factory worker falls in love with an affable superintendent who had been hired by the factory's boss to help oppose the workers' demand for a pay raise.

Starring: Doris Day, John Raitt, Carol Haney, Eddie Foy Jr., Reta Shaw, Barbara Nichols, Thelma Pelish, Jack Straw, Ralph Dunn, Larri Thomas ..
Directed by: George Abbott, Stanley Donen
Release date: 1957-08-29

Les Girls

6.6/10 IMDB

After writing a tell-all book about her days in the dance troupe "Barry Nichols and Les Girls", Sybil Wren is sued for libeling her fellow dancer Angele. A Rashômon style narrative presents the story from three points of view where Sybil accuses Angele of having an affair with Barry, while Angele insists that it was actually Sybil who was having the affair. Finally, Barry gives his side of the story.

Starring: Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall, Taina Elg, Jacques Bergerac, Leslie Phillips, Henry Daniell, Patrick Macnee, Stephen Vercoe, Philip Tonge ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1957-10-03

Loving You

6.5/10 IMDB

Deke Rivers is a delivery man who is discovered by publicist Glenda Markle and country-western musician Tex Warner who want to promote the talented newcomer to fame and fortune, giving him every break he deserves. Romantic complications arise as Susan, another singer in the group, offers him devoted admiration as Glenda leads him on with promises of a golden future.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Lizabeth Scott, Wendell Corey, Dolores Hart, James Gleason, Ralph Dumke, Paul Smith, Kenneth Becker, Jana Lund, Grace Hayle ..
Directed by: Hal Kanter
Release date: 1957-07-09
Best Music Movies of 1957 : Kelly and Me

Kelly and Me

5.8/10 IMDB

Failing vaudeville performer, Len, is taken under the wing of the German Shepherd wonder dog, Kelly, and a new act is born. Len hopes all his dreams are coming true when he finds himself in Hollywood ... but Kelly is the one in demand on the big screen.

Starring: Van Johnson, Piper Laurie, Martha Hyer, Onslow Stevens, Herbert Anderson, Douglas Fowley, Frank Wilcox, Gregory Gaye, Yvonne Peattie ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1957-04-10

The Square

5.8/10 IMDB

Old man of class and character living in a London square after both have suffered from time. Before his house is pulled down the residents surprise him with a party.

Starring: A.E. Matthews, John Kidd, Richard Coleman, Gabrielle Daye, Terry Walker, Josef Behrmann, Douglas Muir, Frederick Treves ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1957-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1957 : After the Ball

After the Ball

6.2/10 IMDB

The life and loves of Music hall singer Vesta Tilley, who married into the nobility

Starring: Pat Kirkwood, Laurence Harvey, Jerry Stovin, Jerry Verno, Clive Morton, Marjorie Rhodes, Marjorie Rhodes, Ballard Berkeley, Margaret Sawyer, Franklyn Scott ..
Directed by: Compton Bennett
Release date: 1957-08-13
Best Music Movies of 1957 : Annie Get Your Gun

Annie Get Your Gun

7.9/10 IMDB

A live television adaptation of the popular musical about sharpshooter Annie Oakley joining Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and falling in love with her co-star, Frank Butler.

Starring: Mary Martin, John Raitt, William O'Neal, Reta Shaw, Donald Burr, Norman Edwards, Susan Luckey, Zachary Charles, Robert Nash, Stuart Hodes ..
Directed by: Vincent J. Donehue
Release date: 1957-11-27
Best Music Movies of 1957 : A Dancer's World

A Dancer's World

6.5/10 IMDB

A glimpse into the world and methodology of dancer Martha Graham.

Starring: Lillian Biersteker, Robert Cohan, Miriam Cole, Martha Graham, Mary Hinkson, Gene McDonald, Helen McGehee, Bertram Ross, Ellen Siegel, Ethel Winter ..
Directed by: Peter Glushanok
Release date: 1957-12-31
Best Music Movies of 1957 : Pretty sky!

Pretty sky!

6.9/10 IMDB

Revolutionist and Army General compete for a woman

Starring: Rosita Quintana, Luis Aguilar, Carlos López Moctezuma, Pedro Galindo, Alfredo Varela, Miguel Manzano, Genaro de Alba, Luis Aragón, Amparo Arozamena, Alfonso Torres ..
Directed by: Miguel M. Delgado
Release date: 1957-11-25
Best Music Movies of 1957 : The Helen Morgan Story

The Helen Morgan Story

6.3/10 IMDB

Torch singer Helen Morgan rises from sordid beginnings to fame and fortune only to lose it all to alcohol and poor personal choices.

Starring: Ann Blyth, Paul Newman, Richard Carlson, Gene Evans, Alan King, Cara Williams, Virginia Vincent, Edward Platt, Bess Flowers, Walter Woolf King ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1957-10-02
Best Music Movies of 1957 : These Dangerous Years

These Dangerous Years

6.1/10 IMDB

A Liverpool gang member wins a singing contest is then called up for National Service where he clashes with another soldier.

Starring: Frankie Vaughan, George Baker, Carole Lesley, Jocelyn Lane, Katherine Kath, Thora Hird, Kenneth Cope, John Le Mesurier, Eddie Byrne, Robert Desmond ..
Directed by: Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1957-07-03
Best Music Movies of 1957 : Rock All Night

Rock All Night

5.7/10 IMDB

Cloud Nine, the local teen hangout, has been taken over by a pair of escaped killers, who hold the local teens hostage. The bartender realizes it's up to him to save the kids.

Starring: Dick Miller, Russell Johnson, Abby Dalton, Jeanne Cooper, Mel Welles, Jonathan Haze, Barboura Morris, Robin Morse, Richard H. Cutting, Chris Alcaide ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1957-04-01
Best Music Movies of 1957 : Let's Be Happy

Let's Be Happy

5.6/10 IMDB

On receiving an inheritance from her grandfather, Canadian Jeannie MacLean decides to visit the family's Scottish roots. On the plane she meets businessman Stanley Smith, and romance blossoms in Edinburgh. The complications begin when Stanley breaks a date with Jeannie to woo voluptuous redhead Helene, and Jeannie is flattered by the attentions of the impoverished Lord McNairn; he's heard about her good fortune, and gallantly offers to show her the city.

Starring: Vera-Ellen, Tony Martin, Robert Flemyng, Zena Marshall, Helen Horton, Beckett Bould, Alfred Burke, Vernon Greeves, Richard Molinas, Eugene Deckers ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1957-05-07
Best Music Movies of 1957 : Mister Rock and Roll

Mister Rock and Roll

5.6/10 IMDB

Alan Freed is "Mr. Rock and Roll" as he sets out to prove that rock 'n' roll doesn't cause juvenile delinquency. Terrific original rock 'n' roll legends perform their classics!

Starring: Alan Freed, Teddy Randazzo, Lois O'Brien, Rocky Graziano, Jay Barney, Lou Marks, Lionel Hampton, Little Richard, Brook Benton, Chuck Berry ..
Directed by: Charles S. Dubin
Release date: 1957-10-16

The Tommy Steele Story

5.6/10 IMDB

This is the story of the early life and rise to fame of Tommy Steele. His manager wanted him to be a tough rock'n'roller and so challenge Elvis Presley but Tommy is too nice.

Starring: Tommy Steele, Peter Lewiston, Patrick Westwood, John Boxer, Jill Carson, Tom Littlewood, Cyril Chamberlain, Hilda Fenemore, Tommy Eytle, Humphrey Lyttelton ..
Directed by: Gerard Bryant
Release date: 1957-06-01


5.1/10 IMDB

Jamboree adheres to the usual formula of late-1950s rock&roll films: A plethora of musical numbers linked together by the wispiest of plotlines. Kay Medford heads the cast as manipulative showbiz agent Grace Shaw. Hoping to land pop singer Pete Porter (Paul Carr), Grace connives to break up Pete's romance with female vocalist Honey Wynn (Freda Holloway). But who cares? The audience came to see such musical faves as Fats Domino, Count Basie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jodie Sands, Ron Coby, Slim Whitman, Carl Perkins, Frankie Avalon, Charlie Gracie and the Four Coins. As a promotional tie-in, Jamboree also features appearances by 21 of North America's top rock-and-roll deejays.

Starring: Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Bowen, Buddy Knox, Frankie Avalon, Connie Francis, Cauby Peixoto, Kay Medford, Paul Carr, Freda Holloway ..
Directed by: Roy Lockwood
Release date: 1957-12-07
Best Music Movies of 1957 : Bop Girl Goes Calypso

Bop Girl Goes Calypso

5.2/10 IMDB

Bop Girl Goes Calypso is a 1957 American United Artists film directed by Howard W. Koch and starring Judy Tyler. It featured Calypso music, and music by the Bobby Troup Trio and bassist Jim Aton. The calypso craze of the late 1950s drives this fun musical about grad student Bob Hilton (Bobby Troup), who sets out to prove that rock 'n' roll and bop are going the way of the dinosaur, to be replaced by the refreshing rhythms of calypso.

Starring: Judy Tyler, Bobby Troup, Margo Woode, Mary Kaye, The Goofers, The Goofers, Lord Flea, Nino Tempo, Lucien Littlefield, George O'Hanlon ..
Directed by: Howard W. Koch
Release date: 1957-07-01

To the Beat of Rock and Roll

5.1/10 IMDB

When a romantic orchestra won't change their boring style into something more modern to get gigs, their girlfriends split and form a rock and roll orchestra that quickly becomes talk of the town. The guys are furious since they are relegated to their opening act as a comical number, but when the League of Virtue protests against the new satanic music, the old-fashioned music seems to win the day.

Starring: Joaquín Cordero, Martha Roth, Rosita Arenas, Carlos Agostí, Leonor Llausás, Fernando Soto, Joaquín García Vargas, Vicky Villa ..
Directed by: José Díaz Morales
Release date: 1957-05-23

Untamed Youth

4.1/10 IMDB

Sisters Jane and Penny are arrested for hitchhiking on their way to Los Angeles when they stop for a quick skinny dip in a rural town. Local agricultural magnate Tropp is a sponsor for a local prison work program and the women get put in the fields to work off their sentence. Tropp is dating the widowed judge in order to ensure a stable supply of cheap labor in order to undercut his competition. The prisoners suffer ill treatment, but the judge's son has signed on as a hired hand and begins to figure out the scam as he begins falling in love with Jane, and Penny dreams of making it big in showbiz.

Starring: Mamie Van Doren, Lori Nelson, John Russell, Don Burnett, Lurene Tuttle, Jeanne Carmen, Yvonne Lime, Robert Foulk, Glenn Dixon, Eddie Cochran ..
Directed by: Howard W. Koch
Release date: 1957-03-15

Carnival Rock

4.7/10 IMDB

An ocean-side nightclub owner loves a singer who only has eyes for a gambler.

Starring: Susan Cabot, Brian G. Hutton, David J. Stewart, Dick Miller, Iris Adrian, Jonathan Haze, Ed Nelson, Bruno VeSota, Chris Alcaide, Frank Ray Perilli ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1957-09-01
Best Music Movies of 1957 : Satchmo the Great

Satchmo the Great

8.5/10 IMDB

In this 1957 biography film of the jazz-great Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, he and his band tour the world as American good-will ambassadors bring jazz at its best to the people of the world. Within the film, the life of Louis Armstrong is portrayed through the music. One of the outstanding scenes in this "biography/docudrama" shows blind songwriter W. C. Handy, with tears streaming down his face, as Armstrong, backed by Leonard Bernstein leading the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, play Handy's immortal "St. Louis Blues."

Starring: Louis Armstrong, Leonard Bernstein, Edward R. Murrow ..
Release date: 1957-10-04
Best Music Movies of 1957 : Rock You Sinners

Rock You Sinners

4.2/10 IMDB

In the early days of rock and roll, a disc jockey and his friend, a writer, want to put a rock show on TV.

Starring: Philip Gilbert, Adrienne Scott, Colin Croft, Jackie Collins, Michael Duffield, Beckett Bould, Tony Crombie, Art Baxter, Joan Small, Dickie Bennett ..
Directed by: Denis Kavanagh
Release date: 1957-05-23
Best Music Movies of 1957 : The Edsel Show

The Edsel Show

8.0/10 IMDB

Starring: Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Louis Armstrong, Lindsay Crosby, Glen A. Larson, Ed Cobb, Bruce Belland, Don Clarke ..
Directed by: Seymour Berns
Release date: 1957-10-13
Best Music Movies of 1957 : Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank

Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank

7.9/10 IMDB

Two of the biggest musical celebrities of the 20th century come together with Christmas songs old and new in this classic holiday special from 1957.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby ..
Directed by: Frank Sinatra
Release date: 1957-12-20
Best Music Movies of 1957 : Eurovision Song Contest 1957

Eurovision Song Contest 1957

7.3/10 IMDB

The Eurovision Song Contest 1957 was the second edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Frankfurt-am-Main, West Germany and was held at the Großer Sendesaal des hessischen Rundfunks on Sunday 3 March 1957. The show was hosted by German actress Anaid Iplicjian.

Directed by: Ederhard Beckmann
Release date: 1957-03-03
Best Music Movies of 1957 : Eurovision Song Contest 1957

Eurovision Song Contest 1957

7.3/10 IMDB

The Eurovision Song Contest 1957 was the second edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Frankfurt-am-Main, West Germany and was organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Deutsches Fernsehen (ARD). The contest was held at the Großer Sendesaal des hessischen Rundfunks on Sunday 3 March 1957 and was hosted by German actress Anaid Iplicjian. Like the first edition, the competition was still mainly a radio programme, but there was a noticeable increase in the number of people with televisions this year.

Starring: Anaid Iplicjian ..
Directed by: Michael Kehlmann
Release date: 1957-03-03
Best Music Movies of 1957 : The Bolshoi Ballet

The Bolshoi Ballet

7.2/10 IMDB

Paul Czinner recorded, using a multiple cameras technique, the performance of prima ballerina Galina Ulanova of the Russian Bolshoi, doing "Giselle, " while the troupe was on tour in England in 1956.

Starring: Galina Ulanova, Raisa Struchkova, Nikolai Fedeychev ..
Directed by: Paul Czinner
Release date: 1957-08-25
Best Music Movies of 1957 : Pinocchio


8.0/10 IMDB

Pinocchio is a 1957 TV musical broadcast shown live on NBC, directed and choreographed by Hanya Holm. This version features songs by Alec Wilder.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Walter Slezak, Fran Allison ..
Directed by: Paul Bogart
Release date: 1957-10-13
Best Music Movies of 1957 : All Souls Carnival

All Souls Carnival

6.6/10 IMDB

Len Lye usually timed his films with great care to match their soundtracks, but for All Souls Carnival, he and composer Henry Brant worked separately, preferring to see if the score and visual track would synchronise by chance. Lye also experimented with a new Direct Film technique, drenching the filmstrip in colourful paint and marker pen.

Directed by: Len Lye
Release date: 1957-03-03
Best Music Movies of 1957 : Rockabilly Baby

Rockabilly Baby

6.4/10 IMDB

The mysterious Mrs. Eleanor Carter moves to Springville with her two teenage children Jimmy and Cathy. Eleanor makes friends with the town's social leader Mrs. Wellington, who supports her idea for a town youth center, and she is aided by Tom Griffith, the high school principal. At the town's annual picnic, to which Eleanor has bought a band, the town busy-body Eunice reveals what she had learned from Eleanor's past.

Starring: Virginia Field, Douglas Kennedy, Les Brown, Irene Ryan, Ellen Corby, Judy Busch, Marlene Willis, Gary Vinson, Luis Amando, Frank Sully ..
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Release date: 1957-10-30
Best Music Movies of 1957 : The Good Companions

The Good Companions

5.7/10 IMDB

The story revolves around the Dinky Doos, a provincial musical troupe living from hand to mouth.

Starring: Eric Portman, Celia Johnson, Janette Scott, Hugh Griffith, John Fraser, Joyce Grenfell, Bobby Howes, Rachel Roberts, John Salew, Mona Washbourne ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1957-04-22

Calypso Heat Wave

5.5/10 IMDB

A jukebox operator helps promote a calypso craze.

Starring: Johnny Desmond, Merry Anders, Meg Myles, Joel Grey, George E. Stone, Maya Angelou, Darla Hood ..
Directed by: Fred F. Sears
Release date: 1957-09-22
Best Music Movies of 1957 : Calypso Joe

Calypso Joe

5.7/10 IMDB

Juile, an airline hostess, has her mind made up to marry South American millionaire Rico Vargas, in spite of the efforts made by her former boyfriend, Lee Darling, a television star, to win her back. Rico's sister, Astra, makes a play for Lee, who only responds to make Julie jealous. As the plane bearing Juile and others (includng all the credited musicians and bands) is about to depart, Herb Jefferies smuggles Lee on board so he can have a chance to dissuade Julie.

Starring: Herb Jeffries, Angie Dickinson, Ed Kemmer, Stephen Bekassy, Laurie Mitchell, Claudia Drake, Murray Alper, Linda Terrace, Charles Keane, Genie Stone ..
Directed by: Edward Dein
Release date: 1957-06-08
Best Music Movies of 1957 : Outlaw Queen

Outlaw Queen

5.7/10 IMDB

Christina, the daughter of a Greek-immigrant family who does not share their belief that a woman's place is with her husband at the fireside, is a trick-shot artist. With her Uncle Jim, a strolling troubadour, and his sidekick Andy, a mandolin player, heads west to make her fortune.

Starring: Andrea King, Harry James, Robert Clarke, James Harakas, Andy Ladas, Kenne Duncan, I. Stanford Jolley, William Murphy, Vince Barnett, Harold Peary ..
Directed by: Herbert S. Greene
Release date: 1957-04-27

Mr. B Natural

2.4/10 IMDB

A young boy is sitting in a room one day, bored, when suddenly a leotard-clad woman calling herself Mr. B Natural appears in his room. Mr. B Natural describes to the boy the wonder and beauty of music, and tells him that if he learns to play an instrument, he can be "a happy king!" The boy decides to take Mr. B Natural's advice.

Starring: Betty Luster, Bruce Podewell, James Andelin, Les Podewell ..
Directed by: Phil Patton
Release date: 1957-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1957 : The sound of Jazz

The sound of Jazz

0.0/10 IMDB

"The Sound of Jazz" is an historic episode from the "The Seven Lively Arts" anthology series featuring jazz greats in concert. Hosted by John Crosby, it offers some fascinating performances from Count Basie, Billie Holliday, Thelonious Monk and many more. This 58-minute program is a truly original and unique broadcast from CBS Studio 58 in New York on December 8, 1957.

Starring: Coleman Hawkins, Danny Barker, Jimmy Rushing, Jo Jones, John Crosby, Milt Hinton, Nat Pierce, Pee Wee Russell, Red Allen, Vic Dickenson ..
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1957-12-08
Best Music Movies of 1957 : A Visit with Pablo Casals

A Visit with Pablo Casals

0.0/10 IMDB

Robert Snyder's acclaimed 26-minute short following Pablo Casals in Prades during his self-imposed exile from Franco's dictatorship in Spain. In this film, Casals performs his only solo recording of the Bach Suite No. 1. The film was recorded in 1955 and beautifully filmed in 35mm black and white within the walls of the town's abbey.

Starring: Pablo Casals ..
Directed by: Robert Snyder
Release date: 1957-01-01

Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank

0.0/10 IMDB

Two of the biggest musical celebrities of the 20th century come together with Christmas songs old and new in this classic holiday special from 1957, filmed in colour. As Frank Sinatra casually trims his Christmas tree on a very hip, fashionable bachelor apartment stage set, his good friend Bing Crosby drops by, bearing an armful of gifts. They go on to perform their favourite Christmas songs, among them Jingle Bells, Sinatra's version of Mistletoe and Holly and Crosby's famed White Christmas.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby ..
Directed by: Frank Sinatra
Release date: 1957-12-20

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