Musical

Moonlight Murder (1936) Edwin L. Marin, Chester Morris, Madge Evans, Leo Carrillo, Crime, Music, Mystery

Moonlight Murder (1936)
Opera star Gino D’Acosta (Leo Carrillo), due to perform in the open air of the Hollywood Bowl, is warned by a Swami (Pedro de Cordoba)that he will die if he sings. That warning comes to pass and his death proves to be murder. Police detective Steve Farrell (Chester Morris) works backstage to sort out the clues pointing to the identity of the killer. Suspects include a primma donna, her conductor husband, an insane composer, an ambitious singer and a dancer and her husband partner.
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The Time, the Place and the Girl (1946) David Butler, Dennis Morgan, Martha Vickers, Jack Carson, Musical, Comedy, Romance

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The stuffy manager of lovely opera singer Vicki Cassel and her uncle, a classical conductor, is determined to close down the noisy nightclub that’s next door to the Cassels’ home. The club’s owners–Steve, a handsome ladies man, Jeff, his clownish sidekick–hatch a plan to keep the club open. Steve arranges to meet–and woo–Vicki and then invite her and her uncle to the club. When Vicki’s snobbish aunt and the manager discover that Vicki now favors popular music to the classics, they arrange to get the club closed. But that doesn’t keep Steve and Jeff down. Instead they decide to put on a Broadway show if they can get a backer. They find their “angel” in Vicki’s uncle who agrees to finance the show only if Vicki is the leading lady. But once again, Vicki’s aunt and manager may be the spoiler in everyone’s plans.
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The Hoodlum Saint (1946) Norman Taurog, William Powell, Esther Williams, Angela Lansbury, Drama, Music

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A former reporter comes back home after serving in the army during World War I and finds that it’s much more difficult to find work than he expected. Desperate, one day he crashes a wedding attended by many of the city’s rich and powerful, meets a beautiful girl named Kay who turns out to be his ticket to meeting those rich and powerful people, and he soon manages to land a job on a newspaper. He gets caught up in the “make money at all costs” game, but receives a rude awakening when the stock market crashes in 1929.
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Une chambre en ville / A Room in Town (1982) Jacques Demy, Dominique Sanda, Danielle Darrieux, Richard Berry, Drama, Musical

Une chambre en ville (1982)
A film musical in which every line is sung. The frame is about workers during a strike. They also prepare and perform a demonstration. Two personal relations develop against this background. François abandons his pregnant girlfriend Violette. She feels treated even more unjust when he tries to defend and excuse his behaviour. He had met a very beautiful over-class girl, Edith, and both were immediately overwhelmed by genuine and reciprocal passion. Edith lived in a very unsatisfactory marriage. She was the daughter of the widow from which François rented his room. Nevertheless, he met her in the street, where she just opened her fur coat and was starch naked under it. They will be together in great passion for just one night and day. At the demonstration François is shot by the police and dies in Edith’s arms. – The music is closer to opera than in any other film musical by Jacques Demy. But the greatest difference is that he has devoted much more effort to the task of instructing the…
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Ziegfeld Girl (1941) Robert Z. Leonard, Busby Berkeley, James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, Drama, Musical, Romance

Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
Discovery by Flo Ziegfeld changes a girl’s life but not necessarily for the better, as three beautiful women find out when they join the spectacle on Broadway: Susan, the singer who must leave behind her ageing vaudevillian father; vulnerable Sheila, the working girl pursued both by a millionaire and by her loyal boyfriend from Flatbush; and the mysterious European beauty Sandra, whose concert violinist husband cannot endure the thought of their escaping from poverty by promenading her glamor in skimpy costumes.
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The Five Pennies (1959) Melville Shavelson, Danny Kaye, Barbara Bel Geddes, Louis Armstrong, Biography, Drama, Music

The Five Pennies (Melville Shavelson, 1959)
Loring “Red” Nichols is a cornet-playing country boy who goes to New York in the 1920s full of musical ambition and principles. He gets a job playing in Wil Paradise’s band, but quits to pursue his dream of playing Dixieland jazz. He forms the “Five Pennies” which features his wife, Bobbie, as vocalist. At the peak of his fame, Red and Bobbie’s daughter, Dorothy, develops polio. Red quits the music business to move to Los Angeles where the climate is better for Dorothy. As Dorothy becomes a young teen, she learns of her father’s musical past, and he is persuaded to open a small nightclub which is failing until some noted names from his past come to help out.
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Sweet and Lowdown (1999) Woody Allen, Sean Penn, Samantha Morton, Comedy, Drama, Music

Sweet and Lowdown (Woody Allen, 1999)
A comedic biopic focused on the life of fictional jazz guitarist Emmett Ray. Ray was an irresponsible, free-spending, arrogant, obnoxious, alcohol-abusing, miserable human being, who was also arguably the best guitarist in the world. We follow Ray’s life: bouts of getting drunk, his bizzare hobbies of shooting rats and watching passing trains, his dreams of fame and fortune, his strange obsession with the better-known guitarist Django Reinhardt, and of course, playing his beautiful music.
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Sokout / The Silence (1998) Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Tahmineh Normatova, Nadereh Abdelahyeva, Goibibi Ziadolahyeva, Drama, Music

Sokout (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1998)
Because of his special gift in identifying objects by the sounds they make, a blind young boy is employed as a string instrument tuner in a small village in Tajikistan. He may be blind but that does not mean he cannot see. On his way to work, he could tell the quality of the bread the young girls along the streets are peddling by simply touching their ware. His world is made more colorful and quaint because of his sensitivity to his surroundings. The only problem is that he is easily “tempted” by street musicians’ performances and arrives late at work.
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