Best Music Movies of 1959

1.

The Five Pennies

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

The musical biopic of jazz great Red Nichols features a healthy dose of melodrama along with the melodies. As the famed Dixieland cornetist, he runs into opposition to his sound, but breaks through to success. He marries a warm, patient woman (Bel Geddes) and even finds time to raise a family. Then tragedy strikes when their daughter contracts polio. The jazzman puts down his horn to stand by her.

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
2.

Porgy and Bess

3.6
7.1/10 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
3.

A Hole in the Head

3.3
6.3/10 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 ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1959-09-15
4.

Juke Box Rhythm

3.0
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 : The Lady is a Square
5.

The Lady is a Square

2.7
6.0/10 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
6.

Go, Johnny, Go!

2.4
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 ..
Directed by: Paul Landres
Release date: 1959-06-01
Best Music Movies of 1959 : Say One for Me
7.

Say One for Me

2.3
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 : Meet Me in St. Louis
8.

Meet Me in St. Louis

1.7
7.2/10 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
Best Music Movies of 1959 : Hey Boy! Hey Girl!
9.

Hey Boy! Hey Girl!

1.4
5.9/10 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 ..
Directed by: David Lowell Rich
Release date: 1959-08-05
10.

Man of Music

0.0
0.0/10 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

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