Best Music Movies of 1963


Summer Magic


Disney musical about Mother Carey, a Bostonian widow and her three children who move to Maine. Postmaster Osh Popham helps them move into a run-down old house and fixes it up for them. It's not entirely uninhabited, though; the owner, a Mr. Hamilton, is a mysterious character away in Europe, but Osh assures them he won't mind their living there, since he won't be coming home for a long time yet. The children and a cousin who comes to live with them have various adventures before an unexpected visitor shows up

Starring: Hayley Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Burl Ives, Deborah Walley, Eddie Hodges
Directed by: James Neilson
Release date: 1963-07-07

I Could Go on Singing


Jenny Bowman is a successful singer who, while on an engagement at the London Palladium, visits David Donne to see her son Matt again, spending a few glorious days with him while his father is away in Rome in an attempt to attain the family that she never had. When David returns, Matt is torn between his loyalty to his father and his affection for Jenny.

Starring: Judy Garland, Dirk Bogarde, Jack Klugman, Aline MacMahon, Gregory Phillips
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1963-03-07

Bye Bye Birdie


A singer goes to a small town for a performance before he is drafted.

Starring: Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Maureen Stapleton, Bobby Rydell
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1963-04-04

Beach Party


Anthropology Professor Robert Orwell Sutwell and his secretary Marianne are studying the sex habits of teenagers. The surfing teens led by Frankie and Dee Dee don't have much sex but they sing, battle the motorcycle rats and mice led by Eric Von Zipper and dance to Dick Dale and the Del Tones.

Starring: Robert Cummings, Dorothy Malone, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Harvey Lembeck
Directed by: William Asher
Release date: 1963-08-07

It Happened at the World's Fair


Mike and Danny fly a cropduster, but because of Danny's gambling debts, a local sheriff takes custody of it. Trying to earn money, they hitch-hike to the World's Fair in Seattle. While Danny tries to earn money playing poker, Mike takes care of a small girl, Sue-Lin, whose father has disappeared. Being a ladies' man, he also finds the time to court a young nurse, Diane.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Joan O'Brien, Gary Lockwood, Vicky Tiu, H.M. Wynant
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1963-04-03

Summer Holiday

Summer Holiday
1960s musical showcasing Cliff Richard. Four bus mechanics working for London Transport strike up a deal with the company: they do up a one of the company's legendary red double decker buses and take it to southern Europe as a mobile hotel. If it succeeds, they will be put in charge of a whole fleet. While on the road in France they pick up three young British ladies whose car breaks down and offer to take them to their next singing job in Athens. They also pick up a stowaway, who hides the fact that she's a famous American pop star on the run, chased by the media and her parents.
Starring: Cliff Richard, Lauri Peters, Melvyn Hayes, Una Stubbs, Teddy Green
Directed by: Peter Yates
Release date: 1963-02-18

Live It Up!

Live It Up!
A young postman, who fronts a pop group, dreams of being bigger than The Beatles. They record a demo tape, but things seem to be going pear shaped when he loses the tape. There is also his father to contend with who thinks he's wasting his time with all that pop music nonsense.
Starring: David Hemmings, Veronica Hurst, Kenny Ball, Jennifer Moss, Heinz Burt
Directed by: Lance Comfort
Release date: 1963-11-29

Goldilocks and the Three Bares

Goldilocks and the Three Bares
Nightclub singer Eddie and comedian Tommy, working in a roaring twenties style club, meet and being dating publicist Allison and photographer Cynthia, respectively. They soon discover that the women spend weekends at a nudist club which the guys disapprove.
Starring: Rex Marlow, Allison Louise Downe, William Kerwin, Netta Mallina, Gene Berk
Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Release date: 1963-09-06

Because of Her

Because of Her
Li Meixin rejects Du Ziping's marriage proposal on the eve of Du's departure to further his studies in Japan. Li joins a travelling troupe under Jin Shiming and becomes a success overnight. While performing in Singapore, Li discovers she is pregnant. For the sake of Li and the unborn child, Jin marries Li. Due to financial losses, Jin's troupe is disbanded. Du returns from Japan and is invited to play the male lead opposite Li in a new troupe. Caught in a dilemma, Li dies in a fall while running away from Du.
Starring: Grace Chang, Kelly Lai Chen, Cheung Kwong-Chiu, Kuang Chao Chiang, Roy Chiao
Directed by: Wong Tin-Lam, Evan Yang
Release date: 1963-07-30

Just for Fun

Just for Fun
When the government cuts the quota of musical programs permitted on television, teenagers Mark and Cherry lead others youngsters in forming their own political party.
Starring: Mark Wynter, Cherry Roland, Richard Vernon, Reginald Beckwith, Jeremy Lloyd
Directed by: Gordon Flemyng
Release date: 1963-02-01

The Cool Mikado

The Cool Mikado
In this musical, the Gilbert and Sullivan classic is updated and set in post-war Japan. This time, the trouble begins when a soldier, the son of a Yankee judge, falls in love with a Japanese girl. This enrages her Yakuza fiancé who kidnaps him.
Starring: Frankie Howerd, Stubby Kaye, Mike Winters, Bernie Winters, Tommy Cooper
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1963-01-07

The Young Swingers

The Young Swingers
Singing teenagers rally to keep open their local nightclub.
Starring: Molly Bee, Rod Lauren, Jack Larson, Gene McDaniels, Karen Gunderson
Directed by: Maury Dexter
Release date: 1963-09-01

The Judy Garland Christmas Show

The Judy Garland Christmas Show
1963 Christmas show of the short-lived The Judy Garland Show
Starring: Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, Jack Jones, Mel Tormé
Directed by: Dean Whitmore
Release date: 1963-12-13

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