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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"

Baby Take A Bow (1934)

6.6/10
Director: Harry Lachman
Starring: Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Claire Trevor, Alan Dinehart

Shirley Temple stars in this lighthearted musical comedy about an ex-con struggling to stay straight and the adorable daughter who keeps him away from... Read more

Dames (1934)

7.2/10
Director: Ray Enright
Starring: Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Zasu Pitts, Guy Kibbee

Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler only have eyes for each other in this tale of stage hopefuls battling a disapproving decency group. And all audience eyes... Read more

Laurel & Hardy: Bogus Bandits ( aka The Devil's Brother ) (1933)

4.7/10
Director: Charles R Rogers, Hal Roach
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd, James Finlayson

Olio and Stanlio are a couple of incompetent bandits hired by Fra Davolio (the Devil's brother), a real-life bandit also known as Marquis de San Marco... Read more

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

8.1/10
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Starring: Warren William, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Guy Kibbee, Ginger Roge...

The show must go on in Busby Berekeley's classic, crazed Depression-era extravaganza about a trio of dancers and their struggle to pay the rent when t... Read more

42nd Street (1933)

7.6/10
Director: Lloyd Bacon
Starring: Dick Powell, George Brent, Guy Kibbee, Ruby Keeler, Warner Baxter, Una Merkel

The archetypical backstage musical given depth, life and power by the extravagant touch of Busby Berkeley. Warner Baxter is Julian Marsh, the 'musical... Read more

Footlight Parade (1933)

7.8/10
Director: Lloyd Bacon
Starring: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler

One of Busby Berkeley's best, featuring out-of-this-world musical mumbers and songs like 'Honeymoon Hotel" and "Shanghai Lil". James Cagney is a down-... Read more

Love Me Tonight (1932)

7.7/10
Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Starring: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Charlie Ruggles, Myrna Loy

An inventive musical romance with Maurice Chevalier as a charming Parisian tailor whose efforts to help shady nobleman Charlie Ruggles out of a jam ma... Read more

Le Million (1931)

7.6/10
Director: Rene Clair
Starring: Rene Lefevre, Annabella

A totally charming musical comedy about two penniless artists who win the lottery and become millionaires. But the lottery tickets are in a coat that... Read more

The Jazz Singer ( Blu-ray ) (1927)

6.7/10
Director: Alan Crosland
Starring: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland

It's more than a movie; it's history - this groundbreaking production is heralded as the first feature-length film with spoken dialogue ('talkie'). Ri... Read more

The Jazz Singer (1927)

6.7/10
Director: Alan Crosland
Starring: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland

It's more than a movie; it's history - this groundbreaking production is heralded as the first feature-length film with spoken dialogue ('talkie'). Ri... Read more