Best Music Movies of 1961


Blue Hawaii

6.1/10 IMDB

Chad Gates has just been discharged from the Army, and is happy to be back in Hawaii with his surf-board, his beach buddies and his girlfriend.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury, Nancy Walters, Roland Winters, John Archer, Howard McNear, Steve Brodie, Christian Kay, Jenny Maxwell ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1961-11-22

Paris Blues

6.7/10 IMDB

Ram Bowen and Eddie Cook are two expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris where, unlike America at the time, Jazz musicians are celebrated and racism is a non-issue. When they meet and fall in love with two young American girls, Lillian and Connie, who are vacationing in France, Ram and Eddie must decide whether they should move back to America with them, or stay in Paris for the freedom it allows them. Ram, who wants to be a serious composer, finds Paris more exciting than America and is reluctant to give up his music for a relationship, and Eddie wants to stay for the city's more tolerant racial atmosphere.

Starring: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier, Louis Armstrong, Diahann Carroll, Barbara Laage, André Luguet, Marie Versini, Serge Reggiani, Moustache ..
Directed by: Martin Ritt
Release date: 1961-09-27

Flower Drum Song

6.9/10 IMDB

A young woman arrives in San Francisco's Chinatown from Hong Kong with the intention of marrying a rakish nightclub owner, unaware he is involved with one of his singers.

Starring: Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Benson Fong, Jack Soo, Juanita Hall, Reiko Sato, Patrick Adiarte, Kam Tong, Victor Sen Yung, Soo Yong ..
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1961-11-09

Babes in Toyland

6.1/10 IMDB

All roads lead to magical, merry Toyland as Mary Contrary and Tom Piper prepare for their wedding! But villainous Barnaby wants Mary for himself, so he kidnaps Tom, setting off a series of comic chases, searches, and double-crosses! The "March Of The Wooden Soldiers" helps put Barnaby in his place, and ensures a "happily ever after" for Tom and Mary!

Starring: Annette Funicello, Ray Bolger, Tommy Sands, Ed Wynn, Bess Flowers, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Henry Calvin, Gene Sheldon, Ann Jillian ..
Directed by: Jack Donohue, Austen Jewell
Release date: 1961-12-14
Best Music Movies of 1961 : Nelly's Folly

Nelly's Folly

6.7/10 IMDB

Nelly the Giraffe is discovered in Africa and leaves to begin a singing career, but finds that chasing fame brings her nothing but unhappiness.

Starring: Gloria Wood, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1961-12-30

Gidget Goes Hawaiian

5.7/10 IMDB

Francis is desperate: her parents want to force her to come with them on vacation to Hawaii - just during the two weeks when her beloved "Moondoggy" is home from College. When he suggests her to go for it, she's even more in panic - doesn't he care to be with her? So she sets out for Hawaii in the worst mood. On the plane she meets the sociable Abby, who gives her the advice to forget about Jeff - and regrets it shortly after, when Francis follows the advice and steals her boyfriend Eddie, a famous dancer. But then Jeff discovers he's missing Francis...

Starring: Deborah Walley, James Darren, Michael Callan, Carl Reiner, Peggy Cass, Eddie Foy Jr., Jeff Donnell, Vicki Trickett, Joby Baker, Don Edmonds ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1961-06-02
Best Music Movies of 1961 : The Young Ones

The Young Ones

5.8/10 IMDB

Nicky and his friends find that their youth club is in danger of being flattened to make way for a new office block unless they can come up with £1500 to pay the new owner, the ruthless property tycoon Hamilton Black. To help raise the cash, Nicky records a song and his friends broadcast it via a pirate radio station, touting him as "The Mystery Singer" - the plan works and interest in their up and coming show is heightened by this new but unknown heart-throb. But Nicky has an even bigger secret and one that he cannot share, even with his girlfriend Toni... Hamilton Black is his father.

Starring: Cliff Richard, Robert Morley, Carole Gray, Jet Harris, Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, Teddy Green, Richard O'Sullivan, Melvyn Hayes, Annette Robertson ..
Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
Release date: 1961-12-19
Best Music Movies of 1961 : Botón de ancla

Botón de ancla

3.6/10 IMDB

Three midshipmen students from the Naval Academy, founded the anchor button Trinca, which have the commitment to help one another whenever any of them need it. However, jeopardize their close friendship because of a misunderstanding ... Remake of the movie of the same name directed in 1948 by Ramón Torrado.

Starring: Manuel Gil, Ramón Arcusa, Manuel de la Calva, María del Sol Arce, Vicente Haro ..
Directed by: Miguel Lluch
Release date: 1961-01-27
Best Music Movies of 1961 : Dondi


3.5/10 IMDB

World War II GIs adopt an Italian war orphan.

Starring: David Janssen, Patti Page, Walter Winchell, Mickey Shaughnessy, Robert Strauss, Arnold Stang, Louis Quinn, Gale Gordon, Dick Patterson, David Kory ..
Directed by: Albert Zugsmith
Release date: 1961-03-26
Best Music Movies of 1961 : Twist Around The Clock

Twist Around The Clock

4.8/10 IMDB

The plot is virtually identical to the plot of the earlier film "Rock Around the Clock." A struggling manager visits a hayseed town and discovers a new dance craze, and hopes to turn it into a overnight nationwide sensation. Features performances by Chubby Checker and Dion.

Starring: Chubby Checker, Dion DiMucci, Vicki Spencer, John Cronin, Mary Mitchel, Renee Aubry ..
Directed by: Oscar Rudolph
Release date: 1961-12-30
Best Music Movies of 1961 : Eurovision Song Contest 1961

Eurovision Song Contest 1961

8.1/10 IMDB

The Eurovision Song Contest 1961 was the 6th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. Once again, the contest was held in the French seaside city of Cannes, having already hosted the 1959 edition. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (RTF), the contest was held again at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès on 18 March 1961 and was the first to take place on a Saturday evening, a tradition that has continued into the present day. The show was hosted by Jacqueline Joubert, who also hosted in 1959.

Starring: Jacqueline Joubert ..
Directed by: Maurice Barry
Release date: 1961-03-18
Best Music Movies of 1961 : All Hands on Deck

All Hands on Deck

5.6/10 IMDB

The admiral is coming, so a sailor and his buddy hide their girlfriend and pet turkey.

Starring: Pat Boone, Buddy Hackett, Dennis O'Keefe, Barbara Eden, Warren Berlinger, Gale Gordon, Ann B. Davis, Joe E. Ross, Jody McCrea ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1961-03-30
Best Music Movies of 1961 : The Continental Twist

The Continental Twist

5.4/10 IMDB

Sam Butera and the Witnesses perform several Twist numbers to save a small New Orleans nightclub and raise the bail to get Louis Prima out of jail.

Starring: Louis Prima, June Wilkinson, Sam Butera, Gertrude Michael, David Whorf, Hal Torey, Ty Perry, Fred Sherman, Dick Winslow ..
Directed by: William J. Hole Jr., Allan David
Release date: 1961-12-12

Teenage Millionaire

5.4/10 IMDB

A teenager whose father is a millionaire radio station owner secretly records a song and plays it on one of his father's stations. It becomes a hit.

Starring: Jimmy Clanton, Rocky Graziano, Zasu Pitts, Diane Jergens, Joan Tabor, Sid Gould, Maurice Gosfield, Chubby Checker, Jackie Wilson, Bess Flowers ..
Directed by: Lawrence Doheny
Release date: 1961-08-01

Hey, Let's Twist!

4.6/10 IMDB

Film about the creation of New York's famous Peppermint Lounge, where the Twist became a dance craze.

Starring: Joey Dee, Teddy Randazzo, Zohra Lampert, Dino Di Luca, Kay Armen, Jo-Ann Campbell, Hope Hampton, Richard Dickens, Joe Pesci, Allan Arbus ..
Directed by: Greg Garrison
Release date: 1961-12-31
Best Music Movies of 1961 : David


0.0/10 IMDB

During the fertile early years of Drew Associates following the breakthrough of Primary, came this seldom-seen portrait of David Allen, a jazz trumpeter struggling in the Santa Monica drug rehabilitation center Synanon House. Pennebaker’s love of music drew him to David and the film prefigures later portraits such as Dont Look Back. He teamed with Life photographer William Ray and producer Gregory Shuker.

Directed by: D. A. Pennebaker, Gregory Shuker, William Ray
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1961 : Show Girl

Show Girl

0.0/10 IMDB

A live recording of Carol Channing's revue on Broadway, filmed for early Canadian pay-TV.

Starring: Carol Channing, Jules Munshin, Raoul Curet, Georges Denis, André Fuma, Roger Lagier ..
Directed by: William A. Graham
Release date: 1961-04-02

Revelation in the Courthouse Park

0.0/10 IMDB

A daring fusion of current (circa 1960) pop idolatry with parallel (only a little more sinister) scenes of Ancient Greece. Based on the 'Bacchae of Euripides'.

Release date: 1961-01-01

After Hours

7.5/10 IMDB

Documentary short showcasing the genius of jazz greats Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Cozy Cole, and Milt Hinton, among others.

Starring: Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Cozy Cole, Milt Hinton, Johnny Guarnieri, Carol Stevens, Barry Galbraith, William D. Williams, Meredith Gaynes, Albert Minns ..
Directed by: Shepard Traube
Release date: 1961-01-01

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