Best Music Movies of 1959


Some Like It Hot

8.2/10 IMDB

Two musicians witness a mob hit and struggle to find a way out of the city before they are found by the gangsters. Their only opportunity is to join an all-girl band as they leave on a tour. To make their getaway they must first disguise themselves as women, then keep their identities secret and deal with the problems this brings - such as an attractive bandmate and a very determined suitor.

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O’Brien, Joe E. Brown, Nehemiah Persoff, Joan Shawlee, Billy Gray, George E. Stone ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1959-03-19

The Five Pennies

7.1/10 IMDB

Dixieland cornetist Red Nichols runs into opposition to his sound, but breaks through to success. He marries a warm, patient woman and even finds time to raise a family. Then tragedy strikes when their daughter contracts polio.

Starring: Danny Kaye, Barbara Bel Geddes, Louis Armstrong, Harry Guardino, Bob Crosby, Bobby Troup, Susan Gordon, Tuesday Weld, Ray Anthony, Shelly Manne ..
Directed by: Melville Shavelson
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1959 : Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess

7.0/10 IMDB

Set in the early 1900s in the fictional Catfish Row section of Charleston, South Carolina, which serves as home to a black fishing community, the story focuses on the titular characters, crippled beggar Porgy, who travels about in a goat-drawn cart, and the drug-addicted Bess, who lives with stevedore Crown, the local bully.

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey, Brock Peters, Diahann Carroll, Leslie Scott, Ruth Attaway, Claude Akins, Clarence Muse ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1959-06-24
Best Music Movies of 1959 : Li'l Abner

Li'l Abner

6.7/10 IMDB

A comedy musical based on the comic strip charcters created by Al Capp. When residents of Dogpatch, USA are notified by the government that they must evacuate because of atomic bomb testing, they try to persuade the government that their town is worth saving. Meanwhile, Earthquake McGoon wants to marry Daisy Mae; Daisy Mae wants to marry Li'l Abner, and Li'l Abner just wants to go fishing.

Starring: Peter Palmer, Leslie Parrish, Stubby Kaye, Julie Newmar, Billie Hayes, Joe E. Marks, Stella Stevens, Bernd Hoffmann, Howard St. John, Al Nesor ..
Directed by: Melvin Frank
Release date: 1959-12-11

A Hole in the Head

6.2/10 IMDB

An impractical widower tries to hang onto his Miami hotel and his 12-year-old son.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter, Keenan Wynn, Joi Lansing, Connie Sawyer, James Komack, Eddie Hodges ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1959-09-15

Juke Box Rhythm

5.2/10 IMDB

An European princess visiting America helps a record producer organize a big concert.

Starring: Jo Morrow, Jack Jones, Brian Donlevy, Hans Conried, Marjorie Reynolds, George Jessel, Karin Booth, Frieda Inescort, Edgar Barrier, Fritz Feld ..
Directed by: Arthur Dreifuss
Release date: 1959-08-01
Best Music Movies of 1959 : Five Golden Flowers

Five Golden Flowers

7.1/10 IMDB

A Peng meets a girl named Jinhua at a festival and they agree to meet the next year but she fails to turn up. He searches for her and finds other girls named Jinhua.

Starring: Yang Likun, Mo Zhijiang, Wang Suya, Zhu Yijing, Tan Yaozhong, Sun Jingzhen, Huang Zhong, Yan Jie, Zhang Xiong, Li Wenwei ..
Directed by: Wang Jiayi
Release date: 1959-10-01
Best Music Movies of 1959 : The Peter Tchaikovsky Story

The Peter Tchaikovsky Story

6.8/10 IMDB

The story of young Tchaikovsky through the premiere of his "Sleeping Beauty" ballet.

Starring: Grant Williams, Rex Hill, Leon Askin, Lilyan Chauvin, Narda Onyx, John Banner ..
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1959-06-29
Best Music Movies of 1959 : The Lady is a Square

The Lady is a Square

5.9/10 IMDB

Neagle stars a Frances Baring, a socialite widow attempting to keep her late husband's symphony orchestra going. Reluctantly she enlists the help of a young pop singer (Frankie Vaughan) who has fallen for Baring's daughter Joanna, played by a young Janette Scott.

Starring: Anna Neagle, Frankie Vaughan, Janette Scott, Anthony Newley, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Christopher Rhodes, Kenneth Cope, Josephine Fitzgerald, Harold Kasket, John Le Mesurier ..
Directed by: Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1959-02-03
Best Music Movies of 1959 : The Cry of Jazz

The Cry of Jazz

6.2/10 IMDB

Filmed in Chicago & finished in 1959, The Cry of Jazz is filmmaker, composer and arranger Edward O. Bland's polemical essay on the politics of music and race - a forecast of what he called "the death of jazz." A landmark moment in black film, foreseeing the civil unrest of subsequent decades, it also features the only known footage of visionary pianist Sun Ra from his beloved Chicago period. Featured are ample images of tenor saxophonist John Gilmore and the rest of Ra's Arkestra in Windy City nightclubs, all shot in glorious black & white.

Starring: George Waller, Dorothea Horton, Melinda Dillon, Andrew Duncan, Leroy Inman, James Miller, Gavin McFadyan, Carl Dupree, Goldina Rojas, Alan Leavitt ..
Directed by: Edward Bland
Release date: 1959-03-22

Go, Johnny, Go!

5.7/10 IMDB

Rock-n-roll promoter Alan Freed holds a talent search to develop a new rock star, then must find the elusive, mystery contestant (Jimmy Clanton) who doesn't know he has won.

Starring: Alan Freed, Jimmy Clanton, Sandy Stewart, Chuck Berry, Jackie Wilson, Ritchie Valens, William Fawcett, Robert Foulk, Frank Wilcox, Barbara Woodell ..
Directed by: Paul Landres
Release date: 1959-06-01
Best Music Movies of 1959 : Say One for Me

Say One for Me

5.4/10 IMDB

Father Conroy has a parish which serves the acting and performance community. When one of his parishioners gets too sick to work, his daughter Holly finds a job working for a dance club of questionable character, which is run by Tony Vincent. Vincent never made the big time, and Father Conroy tries to look after Holly.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, Ray Walston, Les Tremayne, Connie Gilchrist, Frank McHugh, Joe Besser, Alena Murray, Stella Stevens ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1959-06-19
Best Music Movies of 1959 : The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: An Afternoon with Frank Sinatra

The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: An Afternoon with Frank Sinatra

7.2/10 IMDB

At the beginning of the program, Peter Lawford explains that Frank Sinatra's plans to film his TV special outdoors in sunny Palm Springs have foundered because an extended rainstorm has turned their desert location into a morass of mud. The company is forced to move inside a stark studio instead and delivers their songs with a minimum of props but a maximum of verve.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Hermione Gingold, Juliet Prowse ..
Directed by: Bill Colleran
Release date: 1959-12-13
Best Music Movies of 1959 : Eurovision Song Contest 1959

Eurovision Song Contest 1959

7.1/10 IMDB

The Eurovision Song Contest 1959 was the fourth edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in the French seaside city of Cannes. It was the first time France hosted the event. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (RTF), the contest was held at Palais des Festivals et des Congrès on Wednesday 11 March 1959. It was the first Eurovision Song Contest held in a coastal town and in the Mediterranean Basin.

Starring: Jacqueline Joubert ..
Directed by: Franck Pourcel
Release date: 1959-03-11
Best Music Movies of 1959 : A Private's Affair

A Private's Affair

5.4/10 IMDB

Luigi, Jerry, and Mike are in boot camp when they are presented with a chance to represent their unit in competition on a national television show. The three guys are up to the challenge, which begins a chain of unusual circumstances that not only have them singing and dancing at the proper times, but also running into a trio of alluring young women.

Starring: Sal Mineo, Christine Carère, Barbara Eden, Barry Coe, Gary Crosby, Jessie Royce Landis, Jim Backus, Terry Moore, Alan Hewitt, Bob Denver ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1959-08-14
Best Music Movies of 1959 : Hey Boy! Hey Girl!

Hey Boy! Hey Girl!

6.0/10 IMDB

Meant primarily as TV fare, this standard, song-filled romantic drama stars Louis Prima as himself, and his real-life wife Keely Smith as Dorothy Spencer, a devout woman with a good singing voice. Dorothy is active in her local parish which like all parishes, is constantly thinking of ways to raise funds. One of the needy projects is a boys' camp, so when Dorothy is approached by Louis Prima to sing with his band she agrees only on one condition -- that he perform a concert benefit for the parish church and boys' camp. The interactions between Dorothy and Prima lead toward romance and a happy ending, as well as a popular album with the same title song featured in this film. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi (NY Times Review).

Starring: Louis Prima, Keely Smith, James Gregory, Sam Butera, Henry Slate, Henry Slate, Kim Charney, Barbara Heller, Asa Maynor, Barbara Heller ..
Directed by: David Lowell Rich
Release date: 1959-08-05
Best Music Movies of 1959 : The Frank Sinatra Timex Show

The Frank Sinatra Timex Show

0.0/10 IMDB

The first Timex Show from Frank Sinatra with friends Dean Martin, Bing Crosby and others.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Mitzi Gaynor, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante ..
Directed by: Bill Colleran
Release date: 1959-10-19

Man of Music

6.2/10 IMDB

A film profile of Healey Willan, composer, conductor, choirmaster, organist and teacher. In this film you see Dr. Willan at his favourite organ in the church where he is choirmaster, at work in his study, and dropping in for a visit with students at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Directed by: Roger Blais
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1959 : Meet Me in St. Louis

Meet Me in St. Louis

7.1/10 IMDB

This adaptation of the classic 1944 film musical explores the lives of the close-knit Smith family -- mother, father, grandfather, and five children -- who live in St. Louis in the year 1903.

Starring: Tab Hunter, Jane Powell, Walter Pidgeon, Jeanne Crain, Reta Shaw, Ed Wynn, Myrna Loy, Patty Duke, Kelly Brown, Donald Symington ..
Directed by: George Schaefer
Release date: 1959-04-26

Princess Cheung Ping

6.8/10 IMDB

A Chinese screen opera

Starring: Yam Kim-Fai ..
Directed by: Tso Kea, Lung To
Release date: 1959-10-10

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