Best Music Movies of 1960


Ocean's Eleven

6.5/10 IMDB

Danny Ocean and his gang attempt to rob the five biggest casinos in Las Vegas in one night.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Angie Dickinson, Richard Conte, Cesar Romero, Patrice Wymore, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis Jr., Henry Silva ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1960-08-10

Jazz on a Summer's Day

8.0/10 IMDB

Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience. The film progresses from day to night and from improvisational music to Gospel. It's a concert film that suggests peace and leisure, jazz at a particular time and place.

Starring: Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Gerry Mulligan, Dinah Washington, Chico Hamilton, Anita O'Day, George Shearing, Jimmy Giuffre, Chuck Berry, Jack Teagarden ..
Directed by: Bert Stern, Aram Avakian
Release date: 1960-03-28

Let's Make Love

6.4/10 IMDB

When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell.

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall, Frankie Vaughan, Wilfrid Hyde-White, David Burns, Michael David, Mara Lynn, Dennis King Jr., Joe Besser ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1960-09-08

Peter Pan

7.4/10 IMDB

In this magical tale about the boy who refuses to grow up, Peter Pan and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of Wendy, Michael and John Darling. With a sprinkling of pixie dust, Peter and his new friends fly out the nursery window and over London to Never-Never Land. The children experience many wonderful and exciting adventures with the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily's Indian tribe, and Peter's arch enemy the dastardly pirate Captain Hook.

Starring: Cyril Ritchard, Mary Martin, Lynn Fontanne, Maureen Bailey, Margalo Gillmore, Sondra Lee, Joe E. Marks, Norman Shelly, Joey Trent, Kent Fletcher ..
Directed by: Vincent J. Donehue
Release date: 1960-12-08

Bells Are Ringing

6.9/10 IMDB

Ella Peterson works in the basement office of Susanswerphone, a telephone answering service. She listens in on others' lives and adds some interest to her own humdrum existence by adopting different identities for her clients. They include an out-of-work Method actor, a dentist with musical yearnings, and in particular playwright Jeffrey Moss, who is suffering from writer's block and desperately needs a muse.

Starring: Judy Holliday, Dean Martin, Fred Clark, Eddie Foy Jr., Jean Stapleton, Ruth Storey, Dort Clark, Bernie West, Frank Gorshin, Jimmy Ames ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1960-06-23

The Entertainer

7.1/10 IMDB

Archie Rice, an old-time British vaudeville performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Brenda De Banzie, Roger Livesey, Joan Plowright, Alan Bates, Daniel Massey, Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Thora Hird, Miriam Karlin ..
Directed by: Tony Richardson
Release date: 1960-07-25


6.3/10 IMDB

Parisian nightclub owner Simone Pistache is known for her performances of the can-can, which attracts the ire of the self-righteous Judge Philipe Forrestier. He hatches a plot to photograph her in the act but ends up falling for her — much to the chagrin of her boyfriend, lawyer François Durnais.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Juliet Prowse, Marcel Dalio, Leon Belasco, Nestor Paiva, John A. Neris, Jean Del Val ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1960-03-09

The 3 Worlds of Gulliver

6.4/10 IMDB

Doctor Gulliver is poor, so nothing - not even his charming fiancée Elisabeth - keeps him in the town he lives. He signs on to a ship to India, but in a storm he's washed off the ship and ends up on an island, which is inhibitated by very tiny people. After he managed to convince them he's harmless and is accepted as one of their citizens, their king wants to use him in war against a people of giants. Compared to them, even Gulliver is a gnome.

Starring: Kerwin Mathews, June Thorburn, Jo Morrow, Lee Patterson, Grégoire Aslan, Basil Sydney, Charles Lloyd Pack, Martin Benson, Mary Ellis, Marian Spencer ..
Directed by: Jack Sher
Release date: 1960-11-30


5.9/10 IMDB

When his father dies, poor Fella is left at the mercy of his snobbish stepmother and her two no-good sons Maximilian and Rupert. As he slaves away for his nasty step-family, Maximilian and Rupert attempt to find a treasure Fella's father has supposedly hidden on the estate. Hoping to restore her dwindling fortunes, the stepmother plans a fancy ball in honor of the visiting Princess Charmein whom she hopes will marry Rupert. Eventually, Fella's Fairy Godfather shows up to convince him that he has a shot at winning the Princess himself.

Starring: Jerry Lewis, Ed Wynn, Judith Anderson, Henry Silva, Robert Hutton, Count Basie, Joe Williams, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Nola Thorp ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1960-12-18

G.I. Blues

6.1/10 IMDB

Stationed in West Germany, soldier Tulsa McLean hopes to open up a nightclub when he gets out of the army. Tulsa may lack the capital for such a venture, but a chance to raise the cash comes his way through a friendly wager. Local dancer Lili (Juliet Prowse) is a notorious ice queen, and Tulsa bets everything he has that a friend of his can earn her affections. But, when that friend is dispatched to Alaska, it's up to Tulsa to melt Lili's heart.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, Robert Ivers, James Douglas, Letícia Román, Sigrid Maier, Arch Johnson, Mickey Knox, John Hudson, Jeremy Slate ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1960-11-23
Best Music Movies of 1960 : Pepe


5.4/10 IMDB

Mario "Cantinflas" Moreno is a hired hand, Pepe, employed on a ranch. A boozing Hollywood director buys a white stallion that belongs to Pepe's boss. Pepe, determined to get the horse back (as he considers it his family), decides to take off to Hollywood. There he meets film stars including Jimmy Durante, Frank Sinatra, Zsa Zsa Gabór, Bing Crosby, Maurice Chevalier and Jack Lemmon in drag as Daphne from Some Like It Hot. He is also surprised by things that were new in America at the time, such as automatic swinging doors. When he finally reaches the man who bought the horse, he is led to believe there is no hope of getting it back. However, the last scene shows both him and the stallion back at the ranch with several foals.

Starring: Cantinflas, Dan Dailey, Shirley Jones, Carlos Montalbán, Vickie Trickett, Matt Mattox, Hank Henry, Suzanne Lloyd, Carlos Rivas, Maurice Chevalier ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1960-12-21
Best Music Movies of 1960 : High Note

High Note

7.4/10 IMDB

The sheet music for Johann Strauss' "The Blue Danube" is constructed by moving musical symbols. A baton-toting conductor note tries to direct his fellow notes in performing this musical piece, but finds that one of the notes has become drunk after being inside the sheet music for "Little Brown Jug". The drunken note staggers goofily on the staves for the music of "The Blue Danube" and is chased by the conductor.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1960-12-03
Best Music Movies of 1960 : All the Fine Young Cannibals

All the Fine Young Cannibals

6.0/10 IMDB

An ambitious farm girl rushes into marriage with a rich man, almost destroying four lives in the process.

Starring: Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Susan Kohner, George Hamilton, Pearl Bailey, Jack Mullaney, Onslow Stevens, Anne Seymour, Virginia Gregg, Mabel Albertson ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1960-09-15
Best Music Movies of 1960 : Night Journey

Night Journey

6.3/10 IMDB

Night Journey, the dance, had its premiere only two and a half years after Appalachian Spring, and it is a close cousin. It too has a stream-of-consciousness narration: Jocasta, as she is about to kill herself, remembering what has happened to her. It too contains soul-delving solos, broken up by ensemble dances. Here, however, the ensemble is a darker element. As the story was taken from Greek tragedy, so the corps is the equivalent of Greek tragedy’s chorus. They tell us how to feel: afraid mostly. In this piece Graham pushed her habitual economy to its limits.

Starring: Martha Graham, Bertram Ross, Paul Taylor, Helen McGehee, Ethel Winter, Mary Hinkson, Linda Hodes, Akiko Kanda, Carol Payne, Bette Shaler ..
Directed by: Alexander Hammid
Release date: 1960-01-01

Climb Up The Wall

4.0/10 IMDB

Musical and variety show.

Starring: Jack Jackson, Glen Mason, Russ Conway, Craig Douglas ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1960-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1960 : The Frank Sinatra Timex Show - To the Ladies

The Frank Sinatra Timex Show - To the Ladies

9.0/10 IMDB

Surrounded by a mix of talented ladies, host Frank Sinatra does his thing.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Mary Costa, Barbara Heller, Juliet Prowse, Eleanor Roosevelt ..
Directed by: Richard Dunlap
Release date: 1960-02-15

The Royal Ballet

8.4/10 IMDB

Filmed on the stage of London's Covent Garden. Includes extracts from Swan lake, Ondine & The Firebird.

Starring: Michael Somes, Margot Fonteyn, Brian Ashbridge, Rosemary Lindsay, Julia Farron, Leslie Edwards, Alexander Grant, Pirmin Trecu, Franklin White ..
Directed by: Paul Czinner
Release date: 1960-10-03
Best Music Movies of 1960 : Eurovision Song Contest 1960

Eurovision Song Contest 1960

7.6/10 IMDB

The Eurovision Song Contest 1960 was the fifth edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest and took place in London, United Kingdom. It was the first time that the United Kingdom had hosted the contest and was organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), who agreed to stage the event after the Netherlands, having won the 1959 contest, declined to host another contest so soon, having hosted the 1958 edition. The contest was held at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 29 March 1960 and was hosted by British television presenter Catherine Boyle, who would go on to be the host for the contest 3 more times. It was also the first Eurovision Song Contest held in a capital city, as well as the first one held in the British Isles and in the English-speaking world.

Starring: Katie Boyle ..
Directed by: Innes Lloyd
Release date: 1960-03-29

The Fabulous Fifties

7.7/10 IMDB

The Fabulous Fifties, CBS, combines style, humor, and imagination. It was rich in touches of quality showmanship and equally rich in the memories of a decade which it revived. In recognition, the Peabody Television Award for entertainment is presented to The Fabulous Fifties, with a special word of praise for producer Leland Hayward and the top talent which appeared in this memorable entertainment special*. *The two-hour special featured comic takes and commentary about the previous decade by, among others, Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews, Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Dick Van Dyke, Shelley Berman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Jackie Gleason, Eric Severeid and Henry Fonda.

Starring: Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, Elaine May, Mike Nichols, Dick Van Dyke, Shelley Berman, Henry Fonda, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jackie Gleason ..
Directed by: Norman Jewison, Charles Eames, Ray Eames
Release date: 1960-01-22
Best Music Movies of 1960 : Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley

Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley

7.4/10 IMDB

Two of entertainment history's biggest stars were united in this special 1960 television broadcast. Signaling the end of a string of shows hosted by Frank Sinatra, ABC pulled out all the stops when it booked the king of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley, to be the final guest. Presley's versions of "Fame and Fortune" and "Stuck on You" are terrific, but the duets between Sinatra and Presley, "Witchcraft" and "Love Me Tender," truly steal the show.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis Jr. ..
Directed by: Richard Dunlap
Release date: 1960-05-12
Best Music Movies of 1960 : Chartroose Caboose

Chartroose Caboose

6.9/10 IMDB

Doris and Dub are a young couple with the usual ups and down life. They unexpectedly find friendship and good advice from curmudgeonly Woody Watts, a railroad man who was recently forced to retire.

Starring: Molly Bee, Edgar Buchanan, Ben Cooper, Michael McGreevey, O.Z. Whitehead, Slim Pickens, Kay Bartels, Winslow Cuthbert, Mack Williams, Gilbert Reynolds ..
Directed by: William 'Red' Reynolds
Release date: 1960-12-28
Best Music Movies of 1960 : Ella Fitzgerald Live in Australia

Ella Fitzgerald Live in Australia

0.0/10 IMDB

Ella Fitzgerald visited Australia back in 1960. Gracefully stepping up to the microphone for the celebrated television event 'The BP Super Show', hosted by musician and entertainer Horrie Dargie, Fitzgerald delivered a mellifluous set of legendary songs in an intimate concert setting at The Embers Nightclub in Toorak Road, South Yarra Victoria. This rarely seen B&W television treat is considered to be one of the earliest audio-visual recordings of the 'First Lady of Song', backed by the smooth sounds of the Lou Levy Quartet. Beside Fitzgerald's performance of 14 memorable Jazz and Blues classics, the program also contains original BP musical interludes and jingles from the Horrie Dargie Quartet.

Starring: Ella Fitzgerald, Horrie Dargie, Lou Levy ..
Release date: 1960-12-04
Best Music Movies of 1960 : Vasarely


0.0/10 IMDB

In 1960, Xenakis composed the music NEG-ALE for P. Kassovitz's "Vasarely", an abstract film on the artwork of Op-Art master Victor Vasarely.

Directed by: Peter Kassovitz
Release date: 1960-01-01

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