Best Music Movies of 1962


The Music Man

7.8/10 IMDB

A con man comes to an Iowa town with a scam using a boy's marching band program, but things don't go according to plan.

Starring: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Ron Howard, Hermione Gingold, Paul Ford, Pert Kelton, Timmy Everett, Susan Luckey, Peggy Mondo ..
Directed by: Morton DaCosta
Release date: 1962-06-19
Best Music Movies of 1962 : Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol

Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol

7.6/10 IMDB

In this animated musical version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", Ebenezer Scrooge - via Mr. Magoo's starring performance in a stage production of the classic - doesn't have a ghost of a chance unless he learns the true meaning of Christmas from the three spirits who haunt him one Christmas Eve.

Starring: Jim Backus, Morey Amsterdam, Jack Cassidy, Royal Dano, Paul Frees, Joan Gardner, Jane Kean, Marie Matthews, Laura Olsher, Les Tremayne ..
Directed by: Abe Levitow
Release date: 1962-12-18
Best Music Movies of 1962 : Maria Callas: At Covent Garden, 1962 and 1964

Maria Callas: At Covent Garden, 1962 and 1964

9.0/10 IMDB

Maria Callas’ legendary live performances from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, from 1962 and 1964 celebrate her triumphant return to the Covent Garden stage. Repertoire from these performances include Verdi: Tu che le vanità (Don Carlo), Bizet: Habanera & Séguedille (Carmen) and Puccini: Tosca (Act II complete). Her vivid portrayals of the tragic Elisabeth de Valois, the tantalising Carmen, and her vulnerable Tosca (directed by Franco Zeffirelli) captured the hearts of the London audiences. This is Maria Callas as the world remembers her. Renato Cioni, Tito Gobbi, Robert Bowman, Dennis Wicks Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden- Conducted by Georges Prêtre & Carlo Felice Cillario.

Starring: María Callas, Renato Cioni, Tito Gobbi, Robert Bowman, Dennis Wicks ..
Directed by: Carlo Felice Cillario, Georges Prêtre, Franco Zeffirelli
Release date: 1962-11-04

All Night Long

7.0/10 IMDB

Over the course of one eventful evening, the anniversary celebration of the musical and romantic partners Aurelius Rex and Delia Lane, a jealous, ambitious drummer, Johnny Cousin, attempts to tear the interracial couple apart.

Starring: Patrick McGoohan, Keith Michell, Betsy Blair, Paul Harris, Marti Stevens, Richard Attenborough, Bernard Braden, Harry Towb, María Velasco, Dave Brubeck ..
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1962-02-06


7.1/10 IMDB

Mama Rose lives to see her daughter June succeed on Broadway by way of vaudeville. When June marries and leaves, Rose turns her hope and attention to her elder, less obviously talented, daughter Louise. However, having her headlining as a stripper at Minsky's Burlesque is not what she initially has in mind.

Starring: Natalie Wood, Rosalind Russell, Karl Malden, Parley Baer, Morgan Brittany, Ann Jillian, Harry Shannon, Faith Dane, Betty Bruce, Paul Wallace ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1962-12-01
Best Music Movies of 1962 : Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall

Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall

9.1/10 IMDB

Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall is an American musical comedy television showcase starring Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett, broadcast on CBS on June 11, 1962. The special was produced by Bob Banner and directed by Joe Hamilton. Banner came up with the idea in the Fall of 1961. Burnett was then a regular on The Garry Moore Show and Andrews had appeared as a guest twice, performing the song "Big D" from the musical The Most Happy Fella in the first appearance; and in the show's 1961 Christmas special, she did a number with Burnett and fellow guest Gwen Verdon plus an early performance of "My Favorite Things" (three years before she performed it as Maria while filming The Sound of Music). Mike Nichols wrote the script and co-wrote the song "You're So London" with Ken Welch. Writing began in February 1962 and the stars rehearsed for two weeks before the March 5 taping

Starring: Julie Andrews, Carol Burnett, Randy Doney, George Fenneman ..
Directed by: Joe Hamilton
Release date: 1962-06-10

Gay Purr-ee

6.6/10 IMDB

Mewsette is a starry-eyed cat who grows weary of life on a French farm and heads for the excitement of 1890s Paris. Her tomcat suitor, Jaune-Tom, and his furry cohort, Robespierre, chase after Mewsette, but she's already fallen under the spell of a feline modeling-school racket run by Madame Rubens-Chatte and her slimy assistant, Meowrice.

Starring: Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Red Buttons, Paul Frees, Mel Blanc, Hermione Gingold, Morey Amsterdam, Joan Gardner, Julie Bennett ..
Directed by: Abe Levitow, William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1962-10-24

In Search of the Castaways

6.5/10 IMDB

Two teenagers, Mary (Hayley Mills) and Robert (Keith Hamshere) are lead by Professor Paganel (Maurice Chevalier) on a search expedition for the children's shipwrecked sea captain father. This Disney film was based upon Jules Verne's 1868 adventure novel Captain Grant's Children.

Starring: Maurice Chevalier, Hayley Mills, George Sanders, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Michael Anderson Jr., Antonio Cifariello, Wilfrid Brambell, Jack Gwillim, Ronald Fraser, Norman Bird ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1962-12-01
Best Music Movies of 1962 : Follow That Dream

Follow That Dream

6.5/10 IMDB

When the Kwimper family car runs out of fuel on a new Florida highway and an officious state supervisor tries to run them off, Pop Kwimper digs in his heels and decides to do a little homesteading. He and his son Toby and their 'adopted' children—Holly, Ariadne, and the twins—start their own little community along a strip of the roadside.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Arthur O'Connell, Anne Helm, Joanna Moore, Jack Kruschen, Simon Oakland, Roland Winters, Alan Hewitt, Howard McNear, Frank De Kova ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1962-04-11

Kid Galahad

6.1/10 IMDB

After completing his military service, Walter Gulick takes a job as a sparring partner at a gym, the owner of which sees potential in Walter as a professional fighter—and takes him under his wing.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Gig Young, Lola Albright, Joan Blackman, Charles Bronson, Robert Emhardt, Liam Redmond, Judson Pratt, Ned Glass, David Lewis ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1962-11-29
Best Music Movies of 1962 : Elgar: Portrait of a Composer

Elgar: Portrait of a Composer

7.8/10 IMDB

A partly dramatised account of the life of classical composer Sir Edward Elgar. An episode of the BBC arts series Monitor.

Starring: Huw Wheldon, Peter Brett, Rowena Gregory, George McGrath ..
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1962-11-11

Billy Rose's Jumbo

6.1/10 IMDB

The daughter of a circus owner fights to save her father from a takeover spearheaded by the man she loves.

Starring: Doris Day, Stephen Boyd, Jimmy Durante, Martha Raye, Dean Jagger, Joseph Waring, Lynn Wood, Charles Watts, James Chandler, Robert Burton ..
Directed by: Charles Walters
Release date: 1962-12-06
Best Music Movies of 1962 : State Fair

State Fair

5.9/10 IMDB

Texan farmers the Frake family head for the Texas State Fair in Dallas. The parents are focused on winning the competitions for livestock and cooking. However, their restless daughter Margy and her brother Wayne meet attractive new love interests.

Starring: Pat Boone, Bobby Darin, Pamela Tiffin, Ann-Margret, Tom Ewell, Alice Faye, Wally Cox, Jack Carr, Meat Loaf ..
Directed by: José Ferrer
Release date: 1962-03-09
Best Music Movies of 1962 : Band of Thieves

Band of Thieves

5.5/10 IMDB

A group of prisoners are encouraged to form a jazz band and vow to go straight when they are released to tour the country. However, the trumpets and clarinets are just a cover for a series of robberies. Musical comedy, starring British jazz star Acker Bilk as himself, alongside Jimmy Thompson and Jennifer Jayne.

Starring: Acker Bilk, Colin Smith, Jonathan Mortimer, Ronald McKay, Roy James, Stan Greig, Ernest Price, Geoffrey Sumner, Jimmy Thompson, Jennifer Jayne ..
Directed by: Peter Bezencenet
Release date: 1962-08-30
Best Music Movies of 1962 : Cosmic Ray

Cosmic Ray

7.0/10 IMDB

Experimental short uses Ray Charles' “What'd I Say” as accompaniment to constantly shifting collage of female nude, cartoons, and newsreels of atomic bomb explosions.

Starring: Beth Pewther, Joan Brown ..
Directed by: Bruce Conner
Release date: 1962-03-01

Girls! Girls! Girls!

5.5/10 IMDB

When he finds out his boss is retiring to Arizona, a sailor, Ross Carpenter, has to find a way to buy the Westwind, a boat that he and his father built. He is also caught between two women: insensitive club singer Robin and sweet Laurel.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Stella Stevens, Jeremy Slate, Laurel Goodwin, Benson Fong, Robert Strauss, Guy Lee, Frank Puglia, Lily Valenty, Beulah Quo ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1962-11-21

Some People

6.3/10 IMDB

Four teen-aged Teds are persuaded to form a rock group and undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to keep them out of trouble.

Starring: Ray Brooks, Kenneth More, Anneke Wills, Angela Douglas, David Hemmings, Harry H. Corbett, Fanny Carby, Richard Davies, Frankie Dymon, Fred Ferris ..
Directed by: Clive Donner
Release date: 1962-05-31

Almost Angels

6.4/10 IMDB

Supported avidly by his mother and more reluctantly at first by his father, a working-class Austrian boy joins the Vienna Choirboys, where he proves to be unusually talented.

Starring: Vincent Winter, Peter Weck, Hans Holt, Bruni Löbel, Fritz Eckhardt, Gunther Philipp, Walter Regelsberger, Sean Scully, Denis Gilmore, Hennie Scott ..
Directed by: Steve Previn
Release date: 1962-11-15
Best Music Movies of 1962 : Play It Cool

Play It Cool

5.6/10 IMDB

A struggling singer and his band befriend an heiress who, against the wishes of her father, is searching for the lover who she has been forbidden to see and with whom she is hoping to elope.

Starring: Billy Fury, Michael Anderson Jr., Dennis Price, Richard Wattis, Helen Shapiro, Bobby Vee, Lionel Blair, Marianne Stone, Anna Palk, Maurice Kaufmann ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1962-03-01
Best Music Movies of 1962 : A Symposium on Popular Songs

A Symposium on Popular Songs

6.6/10 IMDB

Professor Ludwig von Drake plays a variety of popular music, all of which he wrote. First, ragtime: the Rutabaga Rag, with vegetables dancing in stop-motion. Next, the Charleston, with cut-out animation of a singer and dancers. Dixieland and more cut-out animation; the crooner/love ballad; 50's doo-wop; and finally, rockabilly.

Starring: Paul Frees, Gloria Wood, Billy Storm, Skip Farrell, Ray Bauduc ..
Directed by: Bill Justice
Release date: 1962-12-19

It's Trad, Dad!

5.8/10 IMDB

The hero and heroine want to popularize a trad jazz in their town. Some older people feel displeased about a trad jazz, and prevent their trying. The hero and heroine go to London television studio to ask trad jazz musician to support their trial.

Starring: Helen Shapiro, Craig Douglas, John Leyton, The Brook Brothers, Chubby Checker, Del Shannon, Gary U.S. Bonds, Felix Felton, Arthur Mullard, Timothy Bateson ..
Directed by: Richard Lester
Release date: 1962-03-30
Best Music Movies of 1962 : Black Tights

Black Tights

5.9/10 IMDB

Lively scenes of Paris, all narrated by Maurice Chevalier, link together four dramatic ballet choreographies by Roland Petit: La Croqueuse de diamants (The Gold Digger), Cyrano de Bergerac, Deuil en 24 heures (A Merry Mourning), and Carmen.

Starring: Maurice Chevalier, Zizi Jeanmaire, Roland Petit, Moira Shearer, Cyd Charisse, Georges Reich, Hans van Manen, Henning Kronstam, Gérard Lemaître ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1962-02-20
Best Music Movies of 1962 : Two Tickets to Paris

Two Tickets to Paris

6.0/10 IMDB

In this musical, fairly light movie, two young people, Joey and Piper are in love. They embark on a cruise to Paris to get married, with the acerbic but kind Aggie as a chaperon. Along the way, their sweet innocent romance runs into trouble when Coco, a french dancer uses Joey to make her straying boyfriend jealous.

Starring: Joey Dee, Gary Crosby, Kay Medford, Jeri Lynn Frazer, Lisa James, Charles Nelson Reilly, Richard Dickens ..
Directed by: Greg Garrison
Release date: 1962-11-28
Best Music Movies of 1962 : Don't Knock the Twist

Don't Knock the Twist

5.1/10 IMDB

A TV executive tries to create a musical special to save his network.

Starring: Chubby Checker, Gene Chandler, Vic Dana, Linda Scott, Mari Blanchard, Lang Jeffries, Nydia Westman, Frank Albertson, Georgine Darcy, Stephen Preston ..
Directed by: Oscar Rudolph
Release date: 1962-04-13

Wild Guitar

4.6/10 IMDB

A young rock & roll hopeful is given a shot at the big time by the unscrupulous owner of a small record company.

Starring: Arch Hall Jr., Nancy Czar, Arch Hall Sr., Ray Dennis Steckler, Marie Denn, Robert Crumb, Al Scott, Lloyd Williams, Paul Voorhees, Denise Lynn ..
Directed by: Ray Dennis Steckler
Release date: 1962-12-01
Best Music Movies of 1962 : Maria Callas: In Concert - Hamburg (1959 & 1962)

Maria Callas: In Concert - Hamburg (1959 & 1962)

9.0/10 IMDB

The 1959 concert finds Callas just 1 year before the loss of her voice and although her voice is not what it was in 1952 you can still hear the Vocal Miracle. The repertoire interchanges between heavy dramatic soprano (Lady Macbeth, Elisabetta), to soprano coloratura (Rosina) and to soprano dramatico d'agilita (Imogene in Pirata, Gulia). The maturity of the interpretation regarding the legatti, the phrasing is astounding and Callas dominates each aria singing them in the only possible way. "Tu che invoco" appears as a cataract of dramatic phrases in a fine classical style of this classical period opera, then Lady Macbeth appears diabolical & dark although she avoids keeping her voice in the high C, her Rosina is sparkling and facile in the coloratura as if it is a natural way of speaking and Elisabetta is where time stops: the drama in this aria holds a metaphysical aura. Finally her entire Mad Scene from Pirata shows all her talent as an actress and bel canto singer.

Starring: María Callas, Nicola Rescigno, Georges Prêtre ..
Directed by: Georges Prêtre, Nicola Rescigno
Release date: 1962-03-16
Best Music Movies of 1962 : The Broadway of Lerner and Loewe

The Broadway of Lerner and Loewe

8.4/10 IMDB

A musical special celebrating the fruitful collaboration of Broadway lyricist/librettist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe. Stars from the current Broadway hit "Camelot" and from past triumphs such as "My Fair Lady," and the film "Gigi" perform the romantic, sophisticated songs of Lerner and Loewe.

Starring: Julie Andrews, Richard Burton, Robert Goulet, Stanley Holloway, Maurice Chevalier ..
Directed by: Norman Jewison
Release date: 1962-02-11
Best Music Movies of 1962 : The Little Humpbacked Horse

The Little Humpbacked Horse

8.1/10 IMDB

The Bolshoi Ballet performs the Russian fairy tale of a Queen Maiden (Maya Plisetskaya), a stableboy (Vladimir Vasiliev) and a lucky horse (Alla Shcherbinina).

Starring: Maya Plisetskaya, Vladimir Vasilev, Alla Shcherbinina ..
Directed by: Aleksandr Radunsky
Release date: 1962-10-06
Best Music Movies of 1962 : Eurovision Song Contest 1962

Eurovision Song Contest 1962

7.8/10 IMDB

The Eurovision Song Contest 1962 was the 7th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. The contest was organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (CLT), and was held at the Villa Louvigny on Sunday 18 March 1962. The host was the Luxembourgish speaker Mireille Delannoy.

Starring: Mireille Delanoy ..
Directed by: Rene Steichen, Jos Pauly
Release date: 1962-03-18


7.5/10 IMDB

Pakistan's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1963

Starring: Santosh Kumar, Nayyar Sultana ..
Directed by: Khurshid Anwar
Release date: 1962-11-03

Pink Swine!

6.1/10 IMDB

One of Lawrence Jordan's earliest animated films, PINK SWINE is an energetic and playful mix of various animation styles. Described as "an anti-art dada collage film," this free-form short presents cut-out images animated across old photos (a style picked up by Terry Gilliam a few years later) and found objects that dance to the beat of the rock-and-roll soundtrack. He produced this short during a summer spent with Joseph Cornell and Jordan edited the film entirely in camera, making the upbeat visual rhythm of this delightful lark even more impressive. –Sean Axmaker

Directed by: Lawrence Jordan
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1962 : The Night Rider

The Night Rider

6.6/10 IMDB

Originally a pilot for a series called "Gallaway House" that was never picked up. The patrons of a late-19th Century America theater flock to see the latest production, a Western tale of redemption. Johnny Laredo, a middle-aged gunfighter fleeing his many enemies by traveling at night, stops briefly at the campfire of Tim Dawson's team of cattle drivers for a cup of coffee and a bit of human companionship. Dawson offers Laredo a job, but Laredo is afraid to return to Wyoming where he killed a number of men. Stopping in a small Texas town for supplies before heading across the Mexican border, the gunfighter is forced to fight a inexperienced youngster trying to make a reputation and kills him. Even though he is acquitted, the gunfighter has had enough and returns to Dawson, accepts the job, and hopefully, the opportunity for redemption.

Starring: Johnny Cash, Johnny Western, Merle Travis, Dickie Jones, Michael Hinn, Whitey Hughes ..
Directed by: Michael Hinn
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1962 : Verdi Otello

Verdi Otello

0.0/10 IMDB

Desdemona in Verdi's Otello was a career role for soprano Renata Tebaldi, from her first operatic performance outside of Italy to her final appearance on the opera stage. Between those landmarks she performed the role nearly 100 times all over the world and made studio audio recordings that became reference recordings for the role. This 1962 production with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Giuseppe Patane was planned as a media event from the outset and blessedly captures a consummate artist in a signature role at the peak of her gifts.

Starring: Renata Tebaldi, Hans Beirer, William Dooley, Mario Ferrara, Karl-Ernst Mercker, Sieglinde Wagner, Ivan Sardi, Pecca Salomaa, Hans-Dietrich Pohl, Giuseppe Patanè ..
Directed by: Hans-Peter Lehmann
Release date: 1962-02-01
Best Music Movies of 1962 : This is Sinatra

This is Sinatra

0.0/10 IMDB

1962 charity concert by The Chairman of The Board, in London.

Starring: Frank Sinatra ..
Directed by: Philip Jones
Release date: 1962-06-02
Best Music Movies of 1962 : The Flood

The Flood

0.0/10 IMDB

Stravinsky and Balanchine's take on the apocalyptic Biblical tale. An opera composed for video.

Starring: Sebastian Cabot, Elsa Lanchester, Laurence Harvey ..
Directed by: Kirk Browning
Release date: 1962-05-05

The Golden Horseshoe Revue

0.0/10 IMDB

The 10,000th performance of Disneyland's venerable "Golden Horseshoe Revue," featuring special guest stars.

Starring: Annette Funicello, Gene Sheldon, Wally Boag, Betty Taylor, Ed Wynn, Walt Disney, Fulton Burley ..
Directed by: Ron Miller
Release date: 1962-09-23
Best Music Movies of 1962 : Michelangeli Plays Chopin

Michelangeli Plays Chopin

0.0/10 IMDB

The legendary Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920 - 1995), playing at the height of his powers, performs Chopin's Sonata in B flat minor and other music by one of the instrument's most brilliant and idiomatic writers, in the famously rare 1962 RAI television recording, newly restored and remastered for this release. Michelangeli's fine control and perfect clarity - always present in his playing - have positioned him among the most outstanding recording artists of any generation. ""His fingers can no more hit a wrong note or smudge a passage than a bullet can be veered off course once it has been fired...""

Starring: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli ..
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1962 : A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

6.4/10 IMDB

Opera version of the novella by Charles Dickens.

Starring: Stephen Manton, Trevor Anthony, Christopher Brett, Edward Morgan, Derick Davies, David Hillman, Marion Lowe, Edmund Donlevy, Andrew Clarke, Rhys McConnochie ..
Release date: 1962-12-24

Love Never Ceases

0.0/10 IMDB

Mr. Hong, a talented music teacher, arrives at a betel nut producing village in southern Taiwan. He meets the beautiful Yue-Hsia and they fall in love. However, Yue-Hsia's father wants to marry her off to a rich businessman.

Starring: Yi-Feng Hung, Yung Pai, Tsing Tien, Li-Ching Wang ..
Directed by: Shao Lo-Hui
Release date: 1962-06-20

The Royal Society

0.0/10 IMDB

A Taiwanese opera (koa-á-hì) tiayupian by Lee Hsing

Directed by: Lee Hsing
Release date: 1962-12-21

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