Movie Musicals of 1946
compiled by JCMarion
Blue Skies - Starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, with Joan Caulfield and Billy DeWolfe. Features 21 mostly older songs by Irving Berlin. Outstanding dance number by Astaire to "Puttin' On The Ritz" as a farewell routine by his retirement (which would only last until 1948). Noted new Berlin tune - "You Keep Coming Back Like A Song".
Breakfast In Hollywood - starring Tom Brennan and Bonita Granville, with Spike Jones, the King Cole Trio, Andy Russell, Zasu Pitts, Billie Burke, Beulah Bondi, and Hedda Hopper. New song - "If I Had A Wishing Ring".
Centennial Summer - Starring Jeanne Crain, Cornel Wilde, and Linda Darnell, with Walter Brennan, Constance Bennett, and Dorothy Gish. Jerome Kern's last score with lyrics by Leo Robin, the film about the Philadelphia Exposition in 1876 was directed by Otto Preminger. Memorable song - "In Love In Vain".
Cross My Heart - Starring Betty Hutton and Sonny Tufts featuring music by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke. Songs include "That Little Dream Got Nowhere" and "Love Is The Darndest Thing".
Do You Love Me ? - Starring Dick Haymes and Maureen O'Hara, with Harry James & his Orchestra. Features the title song written by Harry Ruby.
Doll Face - Starring Dennis O'Keefe and Vivian Blaine with Perry Como,Carmen Miranda, and Reed Hadley. Songs include "Here Comes Heaven Again", "Someone's Walking In My Dreams" and "Dig You Later".
Earl Caroll's Sketch Book - Starring Constance Moore and William Marshall with Edward Everett Horton and Vera Vague. Filmed recreation of Caroll's vaudeville shows of the 20s and 30s, a mainstay of Broadway.
Easy To Wed - Starring Esther Williams and Van Johnson with Lucille Ball, Keenan Wynn, Ben Blue, and Ethel Smith. Features the title song written by Johnny Green and Ted Duncan.
The Harvey Girls - Starring Judy Garland and John Hodiak with Ray Bolger, Virginia O'Brien, Preston Foster, Angela Lansbury, Cyd Charisse, Marjorie main, and Chill Wills. Set in the Wild West days in New Mexico featuring the Alhambra saloon. The score by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer produced the big hit song "On The Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe".
Holiday In Mexico - Starring Walter Pidgeon and Jane Powell, with Jose Iturbi, Ilona Massey, Roddy McDowell, and Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra.
If I'm Lucky - Starring Perry Como and Vivian Blaine with Carmen Miranda, Phil Silvers, and the Harry James Orchestra. Features the title tune written by Josef Myrow and Eddie Delange.
The Jolson Story - Starring Larry Parks and Evelyn Keyes with William Demarest and Bill Goodwin. Famous and hugely successful biopic that launched a comeback for Jolson who dubbed in the singing on the soundtrack for parks. All the familiar Jolson tunes are present.
The Kid From Brooklyn - Starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo, with Steve Cochrane, Vera-Ellen, Eve Arden, Fay Bainter, and Lionel Stander. Music by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn featured tune - "You're The Cause Of It All".
Make Mine Music - Animated Disney feature with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, Andrews Sisters, Nelson Eddy, Jerry Colonna, Andy Russell, Sterling Holloway, and the Pied Pipers on the sound track. The title song was written by Ken Darby and Elliot Daniel.
Night And Day - Starring Cary Grant and Ginny Sims, with Jane Wymann, Mary Martin, Monty Wooley, and Eve Arden. Composer Cole Porter (Grant) gets the biopic treatment. Features all the well known Porter songs.
No Leave No Love - Starring Van Johnson and Pat Kirkwood with Keenan Wynn, Edward Arnold, Leon Ames, Marie Wilson, and the bands of Xavier Cugat and Guy Lombardo. Features the songs "Love On A Greyhound Bus" and "All The Time".
The Road To Utopia - Starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour, with Hillary Brooke. The Klondike area gets the "road" treatment by the cast and features the hit song "Personality" written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke and the tune "Put It There Pal".
Song Of The South - Disney live action / animated feature of the Uncle Remus tales of Joel Chandler Harris. Stars Bobby Driscoll with Hattie McDaniel. The Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert song "Zip-Ah Dee-Doo-Dah" is an all time classic.
The Stork Club - Starring Betty Hutton and Don Defore, with Andy Russell, Bill Goodwin, Robert Benchley, and Barry Fitzgerald. Produced the number one hit record of "Doctor Lawyer, Indian Chief" written by Hoagy Carmichael and Paul Francis Webster and sung in the movie and on record by Hutton.
Sweetheart of Sigma Chi - Starring Phil Brito who recorded the song from the movie "Five Minutes More" by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn which was a number one record for Frank Sinatra.
Tars And Spars - Starring Alfred Drake and Janet Blair with Sid Caesar. Styne and Cahn again provided the music which included the songs "I'm Glad I Waited For You" and "Love Is A Merry-Go-Round".
Three Little Girls In Blue - Starring June Haver, Vivian Blaine, Celeste Holm, Vera-Ellen, with George Montgomery. Josef Myrow and Mack Gordon provided the score with the hit tunes "You Make Me Feel So Young", "This Is Always", Somewhere In The Night" and "On The Boardwalk In Atlantic City".
The Thrill Of Brazil - Another in the line of "exotic locale" musicals, starring Tito Guizar, Evelyn Keyes, and Keenan Wynn. Music by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher.
The Time, The Place, and The Girl - Starring Dennis Morgan and Janis Paige, with Jack Carson, Martha Vickers, S.Z. "Cuddles" Sakall, Alan Hale, and the Carmen Cavallaro Orchestra. Music by Arthur Schwartz and Leo Robin includes the hit song "A Gal In Calico".
Two Sisters From Boston - Starring Kathryn Grayson and June Allyson, with Peter Lawford, Jimmy Durante, Ben Blue, and opera star Lauritz Melchior. Music written by Sammy Fain and Ralph Freed.
The Zigfeld Follies - The film directed by Vincente Minelli recreated the revue format pioneered by Flo Zigfeld on Broadway during the first thirty years of the 20th century. An all star cast that included Fred Astair, Red Skelton, Jimmy Durante, Fanny Brice, Lena Horne, Esther Williams, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, gene Kelly, Victor Moore, Edward Arnold, Kathryn Grayson, William Powell, and others provided the entertainment. Many old songs were featured throughout, but a new standout was the harry Warren-Arthur Freed written "This Heart Of Mine".
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