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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"

Screen Legends: Starring Bing Crosby (1936)

5.6/10
Director: Leo McCarey, Mark Sandrich, Norman Z McLeod, Victor Schertzinger
Starring: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, Fred Asta...

A collection of four Bing Crosby classics. "Pennies From Heaven" (1936) - Legendary crooner Bing Crosby sings and dances his way through this charming... Read more

Stowaway (1936)

7.2/10
Director: William A Seiter
Starring: Shirley Temple, Robert Young, Alice Faye, Eugene Pallette, Helen Westley

In this musical adventure Shirley Temple stars as Ching-Ching an orphan on the streets of Shanghai who inadvertently finds herself aboard a ship to Am... Read more

Dimples (1936)

6.8/10
Director: William A Seiter
Starring: Shirley Temple, Frank Morgan, Robert Kent, Helen Westley

This classic Shirley Temple features both the original black-and-white and the newly colorized versions. Although he's kind and lovable, 'Professor' E... Read more

Rhythm on the Range / Rhythm on the River (1936)

Director: Norman Taurog, Victor Schertzinger
Starring: Bing Crosby, Frances Farmer, Martha Raye, Mary Martin, Basil Rathbone, Oscar Lev...

A Bing Crosby Double Bill. 'Rhythm on the Range' (1936) sees the crooner playing a casual cowpoke opposite feisty love interest Frances Farmer. In '... Read more

Swing Time (1936)

7.7/10
Director: George Stevens
Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in a nostalgic film about the high life in Manhattan during the Twenties, when fortunes where made and lost in an eveni... Read more

Princess Tam Tam (1935)

Director: Edmond T Greville
Starring: Josephine Baker

A young Bedouin girl, Alwina (Josephine Baker), becomes the object of desire and inspiration for an idealistic French writer, Max (Albert Prejean). Ma... Read more

Roberta (1935)

7.1/10
Director: William A Seiter
Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Irene Dunne, Lucille Ball, Randolph Scott

The lively dancing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers highlights this Jerome Kern-Otto Harbach musical, set in 1920s Paris and featuring Irene Dunne an... Read more

The Littlest Rebel (1935)

6.9/10
Director: David Butler
Starring: Shirley Temple, John Boles, Karen Morley, Jack Holt

Virgie Cary's (Shirley Temple) happy Southern plantation life is shattered when war breaks out and her dear dad (John Boles) must go fight, while her... Read more

Top Hat (1935)

7.8/10
Director: Mark Sandrich
Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton

Commonly called the quintessential Astaire-Rogers musical, Top Hat is a breathless combination of glorious music, marvelous dance routines which seem... Read more

Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)

7.5/10
Director: Busby Berkeley
Starring: Adolphe Menjou, Alice Bradley, Dick Powell, Gloria Stuart

It's the summer season at a swanky resort, and none of the employees have any qualms about fleecing the rich guests for all they're worth in this madc... Read more