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Musicals

As soon as sound was introduced to the movies, the movie musical was born. The musical was one of the most popular movie entertainments from the 1930s through to the 50s, before falling out of favour at the end of the 60s for audiences now being weened on Vietnam, race riots, political assassinations, flower power and psychedelia. The musical still continued onwards, albeit in a different form, with various efforts such as "Cabaret", "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", "Grease", "Hair", "All That Jazz" and "The Blues Brothers" appearing over the next decade. More recently, "Moulin Rouge" and particularly "Chicago" hark back to the glory days of the musical. Right: Liza Minnelli does "Cabaret"

Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)

6.8/10
Director: Allan Arkush
Starring: P J Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard, Dey Young, Mary Woronov, Paul Barte...

"Hey, ho, let's go" with free-spirited Vince Lombardi High student P.J. Soles, as she literally blows the roof off the school and overthrows tyrannica... Read more

Don't Knock the Twist (1962)

5/10
Director: Oscar Rudolph
Starring: Lang Jeffries, Mari Blanchard, Chubby Checker, Gene Chandler, The Dovells, Georg...

TV executive Ted Haver (Lang Jeffries) has one month to come up with the best musical line-up he can get for a special on the newest dance craze, the... Read more

The Heat's On (1943)

5.1/10
Director: Gregory Ratoff
Starring: Victor Moore, Mae West, Almira Sessions, Alan Dinehart, William Gaxton

Mae West is cast as Fay Lawrence, a famous Broadway actress who is loved intensely by her producer Tony Ferris (William Gaxton). Rival producer Forres... Read more

Return To Waterloo / Come Dancing With The Kinks (1985)

Director: Julien Temple, Ray Davies
Starring: Kenneth Colley, Ray Davies

Ray Davies of the Kinks, well-respected as one of rock's best storytellers, makes his filmmaking debut in 'Return to Waterloo' starring Kenneth Colley... Read more

Down to Earth (1947)

6.4/10
Director: Alexander Hall
Starring: Edward Everett Horton, James Gleason, Larry Parks, Marc Platt, Rita Hayworth, Ro...

It's heaven on earth in this delightful musical comedy sequel to the enormously successful "Here Comes Mr. Jordan." Rita Hayworth plays an incredibly... Read more

Astaire and Rogers: The Gay Divorcee / Swing Time / Top Hat / Shall We Dance (1937)

7.9/10
Director: Mark Sandrich, George Stevens
Starring: Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers

THE GAY DIVORCEE - In this beloved musical, Mimi Glossop (Ginger Rogers) journeys to England to seek a divorce from her absentee husband. When Mimi me... Read more

Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

6.9/10
Director: Martin Davidson
Starring: Tom Berenger, Michael Pare, Joe Pantoliano, Ellen Barkin

In the early 1960's, Eddie Wilson (Michael Pare) and his band, The Cruisers, enjoyed a brief fling with success, but their career came to a halt when... Read more

That'll Be The Day (1973)

6.7/10
Director: Claude Whatham
Starring: David Essex, Billy Fury, Rosemary Leach, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon

Tells the story of a young man (David Essex) growing up in the dreary working-class world of Britain who comes of age and finds his proper outlet in t... Read more

Astaire and Rogers: Roberta / Follow the Fleet / Flying Down to Rio / The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)

7.9/10
Director: Mark Sandrich, Thornton Freeland, William A Seiter
Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers

ROBERTA - John Kent (Randolph Scott), visiting Paris with his bandleader friend, Huck Haines (Fred Astaire), suddenly inherits his aunt's fashionable... Read more

Wild Rose (2018)

7.3/10
Director: Tom Harper
Starring: Jessie Buckley, Sophie Okonedo, Julie Walters

Fresh out of prison, a Scottish woman juggles her job and two children while pursuing her dream of becoming a country music star. She soon gets her ch... Read more