Best Music Movies of 1963


Scorpio Rising

6.8/10 IMDB

A gang of Nazi bikers prepares for a race as sexual, sadistic, and occult images are cut together.

Starring: Bruce Byron, Bruce Byron, Ernie Allo, Steve Crandell, Johnny Dodds, Bill Dorfman, Nelson Leigh, Ernie Allo, Bruce Byron, Frank Carifi ..
Directed by: Kenneth Anger
Release date: 1963-10-07

Summer Magic

6.9/10 IMDB

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, Una Merkel, James Mathers, Peter Brown, Wendy Turner, James Stacy ..
Directed by: James Neilson
Release date: 1963-07-07

I Could Go on Singing

6.9/10 IMDB

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, Pauline Jameson, Russell Waters, Lorna Luft, Joey Luft ..
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1963-03-07
Best Music Movies of 1963 : Judy Garland, Robert Goulet & Phil Silvers Special

Judy Garland, Robert Goulet & Phil Silvers Special

8.5/10 IMDB

This very special television event that aired February 1963 helped launch the famed Judy Garland Show which captivated TV audiences throughout 1963 and 1964. Along with co-stars Robert Goulet (who was at the time reeling from the Broadway success of Camelot) and Phil Silvers (enjoying similar success due to popular performances in TV's Sgt. Bilko) join Judy at her entertaining best for song dance and brilliant comedy.

Starring: Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Phil Silvers ..
Directed by: Charles S. Dubin
Release date: 1963-03-19

Bye Bye Birdie

6.6/10 IMDB

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, Jesse Pearson, Paul Lynde, Mary LaRoche, Michael Evans, Robert Paige ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1963-04-04
Best Music Movies of 1963 : Beach Party

Beach Party

5.7/10 IMDB

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, Dick Dale, Vincent Price, Eva Six, Delores Wells, Candy Johnson ..
Directed by: William Asher
Release date: 1963-08-07
Best Music Movies of 1963 : Summer Holiday

Summer Holiday

6.0/10 IMDB

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, Pamela Hart, Jeremy Bulloch, Jacqueline Daryl, Madge Ryan, Lionel Murton ..
Directed by: Peter Yates
Release date: 1963-02-18

Fun in Acapulco

5.8/10 IMDB

Mike works on a boat in Acapulco. When the bratty daughter of the boat owner gets him fired, Mike must find new work. Little boy Rauol helps him get a job as a lifeguard and singer at a local hotel. Clashes abound when Mike runs into the rival lifeguard, who is the champion diver of Mexico.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Ursula Andress, Elsa Cárdenas, Paul Lukas, Larry Domasin, Alejandro Rey, Robert Carricart, Teri Hope, Teri Garr, Charles Evans ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1963-11-27

It Happened at the World's Fair

6.0/10 IMDB

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 and, while Danny tries to earn money playing poker, Mike takes care of a small girl whose father has disappeared. Being a ladies' man, he also finds the time to court a young nurse.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Joan O'Brien, Gary Lockwood, Vicky Tiu, H.M. Wynant, Edith Atwater, Guy Raymond, Dorothy Green, Kam Tong, Yvonne Craig ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1963-04-03

What a Crazy World

5.7/10 IMDB

Unemployed East End lad Alf Hitchens has an on-off relationship with his girlfriend Marilyn and a dream of hitting the big time in the music business. Cheerful pop musical with a working-class background which uses a number of genuine London locations.

Starring: Harry H. Corbett, Marty Wilde, Michael Ripper, Joe Brown, Michael Goodman, Susan Maughan, Grazina Frame, David Nott, Barry Bethel, Alan Klein ..
Directed by: Michael Carreras
Release date: 1963-07-02
Best Music Movies of 1963 : Live It Up!

Live It Up!

5.6/10 IMDB

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, Joan Newell, Steve Marriott, David Bauer, Patsy Ann Noble, Gene Vincent ..
Directed by: Lance Comfort
Release date: 1963-11-29

It's All Happening

5.5/10 IMDB

Tommy Steele stars as a talent-spotter at a recording company who determines to organize a concert featuring all the most up-to-date singers and bands, in order that the orphanage where he was brought up be saved from closing.

Starring: Tommy Steele, Angela Douglas, Janet Henfrey, Richard Goolden, Barbara Clegg, Anthony Dawes, Abril Ward, Michael Medwin, Jean Harvey, Bernard Bresslaw ..
Directed by: Don Sharp
Release date: 1963-08-01
Best Music Movies of 1963 : Follow the Boys

Follow the Boys

5.3/10 IMDB

Four women create mayhem as they follow their Navy partners around the Riviera.

Starring: Connie Francis, Paula Prentiss, Dany Robin, Janis Paige, Russ Tamblyn, Richard Long, Ron Randell, Roger Perry, David Summer, Eric Pohlmann ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1963-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1963 : An Evening with Nat King Cole

An Evening with Nat King Cole

8.3/10 IMDB

Broadcast on the BBC in 1961, this performance by legendary vocalist Nat King Cole features many of his greatest hits, including "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Unforgettable," "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer," "Mona Lisa" and "Sweet Lorraine." Missing for more than three decades, this incredibly rare concert program presents 14 classic songs and is one of the few Cole performances filmed in color.

Starring: Nat King Cole ..
Directed by: Yvonne Littlewood
Release date: 1963-09-21
Best Music Movies of 1963 : Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane

8.0/10 IMDB

A Wild West cow town is starving for entertainment and it falls upon Calamity Jane, a rowdy, gun-toting tomboy, to go to Chicago to bring back a famed stage actress. She brings instead the star's maid, who settles in the town, but Jane's "Secret Love" falls for her. This television special was based on a stage adaptation of the film that was playing regional circuits at the time it aired.

Starring: Carol Burnett, Art Lund, Don Chastain, Cathryn Damon, Bernie West, Mark Harris, Beryl Towbin, Bob L. Harris, Don Crichton, Randy Doney ..
Directed by: Dick Altman
Release date: 1963-11-12
Best Music Movies of 1963 : Eurovision Song Contest 1963

Eurovision Song Contest 1963

7.9/10 IMDB

The Eurovision Song Contest 1963 was the eighth edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest and took place in London, United Kingdom. It was organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), who agreed to stage the event after France, who had won the 1962 edition, declined to host it due to financial shortcomings, also having hosted the competition in 1959 and 1961. The contest was held at the BBC Television Centre on Saturday 23 March 1963 and was hosted by Katie Boyle for a second time.

Starring: Catherine Boyle ..
Directed by: Yvonne Littlewood
Release date: 1963-03-23
Best Music Movies of 1963 : Beat City

Beat City

8.0/10 IMDB

Intrepid reporter Daniel Farson makes the journey from London to Liverpool to discover why this “hard-drinking, hard-fighting” northern enclave has become the epicentre of the 1960s music scene. His whistle-stop tour takes in all the Merseybeat landmarks, most notably the celebrated Cavern club where youngsters twist and swoon to the likes of Gerry and the Pacemakers and Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. Close-up shots of the musicians and revellers together with evocative street scenes, courtesy of cameramen Ron Osborn and Peter Povey, capture the vitality of this defining moment in Liverpool’s cultural history.

Starring: Daniel Farson ..
Directed by: Charles Squires
Release date: 1963-12-24
Best Music Movies of 1963 : Teuf-teuf


7.5/10 IMDB

An automobile tribute

Starring: Jacques Charon, Françoise Dorléac, Charles Aznavour, Maurice Biraud, Dalida, Sophie Desmarets, Raymond Devos, Pierre Doris, Serge Gainsbourg, Gillian Hills ..
Directed by: Georges Folgoas
Release date: 1963-10-05
Best Music Movies of 1963 : Just for Fun

Just for Fun

5.8/10 IMDB

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, Harry Fowler, Alan Caddy, John Wood, Edwin Richfield, Alan Freeman ..
Directed by: Gordon Flemyng
Release date: 1963-02-01
Best Music Movies of 1963 : Goldilocks and the Three Bares

Goldilocks and the Three Bares

3.2/10 IMDB

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, Judy Parsons, Craig Maudslay Jr., William R. Johnson, Joey Maxim, Mal Arnold ..
Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Release date: 1963-09-06

Hootenanny Hoot

5.0/10 IMDB

The marriage of television director Ted Glover and television producer A.G. Bannister has gone on the rocks because she has permitted her career to take precedence over romance.

Starring: Peter Breck, Ruta Lee, Joby Baker, Pamela Austin, Johnny Cash, Sheb Wooley, Judy Henske ..
Directed by: Gene Nelson
Release date: 1963-08-01
Best Music Movies of 1963 : The Young Swingers

The Young Swingers

4.1/10 IMDB

Singing teenagers rally to keep open their local nightclub.

Starring: Molly Bee, Rod Lauren, Jack Larson, Gene McDaniels, Karen Gunderson, Jo Helton, John Merritt, Justin Matthew Smith, Justin Smith ..
Directed by: Maury Dexter
Release date: 1963-09-01
Best Music Movies of 1963 : The Cool Mikado

The Cool Mikado

3.6/10 IMDB

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, Dennis Price, Marianne Stone, Yvonne Shima ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1963-01-07

Tribute to Lester Horton

0.0/10 IMDB

A dance performance salute to choreographer-dancer Lester Horton with Alvin Ailey, Carmen de Lavallade and James Truitte, all former members of his company. They perform various works by Horton.

Starring: Alvin Ailey, Carmen De Lavallade, James Truitte ..
Directed by: Nick Havinga
Release date: 1963-07-28
Best Music Movies of 1963 : The Judy Garland Christmas Show

The Judy Garland Christmas Show

0.0/10 IMDB

1963 Christmas show of the short-lived The Judy Garland Show

Starring: Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, Jack Jones, Mel Tormé, Joey Luft ..
Directed by: Dean Whitmore
Release date: 1963-12-13
Best Music Movies of 1963 : Gay/Britten:  The Beggar's Opera

Gay/Britten: The Beggar's Opera

0.0/10 IMDB

A huge success at its first performance in 1728 John Gay's The Beggar's Opera satirized the conventions of Italian opera, using popular tunes to tell the story of rogues and criminals. With his distinctive musical arrangements at its heart, Britten's 1948 adaptation was a significant revision, amounting to a new twentieth-century opera. The BBC film, originally broadcast in 1963, feature a superb cast of English singers..

Starring: Rogers Jerome, David Hartley, Brian Handley, David Kelly, Bernard Dickerson, Anna Pollak, Janet Baker, Kenneth McKellar, Bryan Drake, Heather Harper ..
Release date: 1963-02-28

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