The Firefly (1937) Robert Z. Leonard, Jeanette MacDonald, Allan Jones, Warren William, History, Musical, Romance
Nina Maria Azara is the beautiful and alluring singing spy for Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. Her mission is to seduce French Officers, in order for them to reveal Napolean’s intentions toward Spain. She is sent to Bayonne, France to gather military secrets. Prior to this, she meets, Don Diego while performing at a club. Unknown to her, Don Diego is actually Captain Andre, who is sent to Spain to spy on her. While in France, Nina discovers Diego’s true identity, only after she has fallen in love with him. Nina Maria outwits her potential captors and returns to Spain, and goes into hiding. Napoleon’s troops invade Spain, resulting in Nina’s capture. In a strange twist of fate, Nina and Captain Andre are reunited, but, the 2 nations are now at war…
Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962) Charles Walters, Doris Day, Jimmy Durante, Stephen Boyd, Comedy, Musical, Romance
It’s the early 1900’s. The Wonder Circus is a traveling circus owned and operated by Anthony Wonder – who performs as a clown – and his daughter Kitty Wonder – who performs as an aerialist and trick rider. Although Kitty loves her Pop as she and all the other circus performers call her father, she hates his gambling addiction which is placing the circus deep in debt. They and their employees treat the circus like one big family, especially Lulu the fortune teller who wants to be Mrs. Wonder, but the employees may only be so loyal if they aren’t getting paid. As such, many of the performers leave or threaten to leave to join the Wonder Circus’ main competitor, the Noble Circus owned by the power and money hungry John Noble. Although Pop and Kitty don’t want anyone to leave their employ, the only act that they will never let go is Jumbo, their trained elephant, who Noble had tried to buy in the past. As many performers leave, into their midst comes circus Jack-of-all-trades Sam Rawlins…
Honeymoon for Three (1935) Leo Mittler, Stanley Lupino, Aileen Marson, Jack Melford, Comedy, Musical
When the Boys Meet the Girls (1965) Alvin Ganzer, Connie Francis, Harve Presnell, Peter Noone, Musical
Danny Churchill is a young heir who tries to help Ginger, an attractive postal worker in rural Nevada, save her father’s ranch from closing due to being heavily in debt with some Reno gangster types for her father’s compulsive gambling. Danny, with his college friends help, turn Ginger and her father’s ranch into a motel for impending divorcees in order to get out of debit, while Danny courts Ginger, but tries to keep his past reputation a secret when his former girlfriend Tess, a spitefull gold-digger, relentlessly pursues him and his wealth.
Meghe Dhaka Tara / The Cloud-Caped Star (1990) Ritwik Ghatak, Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Drama, Musical
“Meghe Dhaka Tara” tells the tragic story of the beautiful daughter of a middle-class refugee family from East Pakistan, living in the outskirts of Calcutta under modest circumstances. Neeta sacrifices everything for her family, including her personal happiness, her money, and her health, while her achievements are hardly ever recognized by the people around her.
The Opposite Sex (1956) David Miller, June Allyson, Joan Collins, Dolores Gray, Comedy, Musical, Romance
Shortly after their tenth wedding anniversary, New York theater producer Steven Hilliard and his wife, former popular radio singer Kay Hilliard née Ashley, are getting a Kay-initiated Reno divorce after Kay finds out about a marital indiscretion he had with Crystal Allen, a gold digging chorus girl in one of his shows. News of the indiscretion made its way to Kay indirectly by her catty friend, Sylvia Fowler. In Kay getting the divorce, Kay’s best friend, playwright Amanda Penrose believes Kay is playing right into the wants of Crystal, whose main goal is not to be happily married to Steven, but to get what such a marriage can bring to her in material wealth and comfort. Amanda does not believe Steven loves Crystal and that he still really does love Kay. And Kay does proceed with the divorce despite believing theirs was a happy and loving marriage before she learned of the indiscretion, and despite having an adolescent daughter, Debbie, to consider. But when Kay learns some …
Music for Millions (1944) Henry Koster, Margaret O’Brien, José Iturbi, June Allyson, Comedy, Drama, Music
“Mike” goes to live with her pregnant older sister, Babs, who plays string bass in Iturbi’s orchestra. And the orchestra is rapidly turning completely female, what with the draft. As the orchestra travels around the country, Babs’ fellow orchestra members intercept and hide her War Office telegram, to protect the baby.
Lovely to Look at (1952) Mervyn LeRoy, Kathryn Grayson, Red Skelton, Howard Keel, Comedy, Musical, Romance
Al Marsh, Tony Naylor and Jerry Ralby, Broadway producers, are desperately looking for backers. Al is one of the heirs of a dress salon in Paris, but this is almost bankrupt. The two other heiresses, Stephanie and Clarisse and the three producers are able to convince the creditors to back a fashion show there. Things become complicated, when Al and Tony fall in love with Stephanie and Al’s New York girl friend Bubbles arrives.