Best Music Movies of 1959

1.

Some Like It Hot

6.7
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
2.

The Five Pennies

3.8
7.2/10 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
3.

Porgy and Bess

3.7
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
Best Music Movies of 1959 : Li'l Abner
4.

Li'l Abner

3.4
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
5.

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
6.

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
7.

The Lady is a Square

2.6
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
Best Music Movies of 1959 : The Cry of Jazz
8.

The Cry of Jazz

2.6
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
9.

Go, Johnny, Go!

2.5
5.8/10 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 Wooddell ..
Directed by: Paul Landres
Release date: 1959-06-01
Best Music Movies of 1959 : Say One for Me
10.

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

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