WISHLIST dancing

by bderoes | created - 26 Nov 2017 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

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1. The Singing Marine (1937)

Passed | 105 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Bob Brent, a young Marine from Arkansas, impresses his comrades with his singing ability, and they pitch in to send him to New York to compete in an amateur contest. Success in the contest,... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Dick Powell, Doris Weston, Lee Dixon, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 169

2. Coronado (1935)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Southern California's Hotel Coronado caters to and is frequented by members of the social upper-crust. Although she lives on the wrong side of the San Diego track, in a tent-city with her ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Johnny Downs, Betty Burgess, Jack Haley, Andy Devine

Votes: 20

3. Don't Gamble with Love (1936)

65 min | Drama

A reformed gambler returns to his old ways despite the fact that it means losing his wife.

Director: Dudley Murphy | Stars: Ann Sothern, Bruce Cabot, Irving Pichel, Ian Keith

Votes: 15

The Nicholas Brothers, but credited separately

4. One Mile from Heaven (1937)

Approved | 67 min | Drama

A newspaper woman believes she has a Scoop when she finds a 'Quadroon-Mulatto' woman who is thought by all to be the mother of a 'White' child.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Claire Trevor, Sally Blane, Douglas Fowley, Fredi Washington

Votes: 39

Bill Robinson, but not in his soundtracks

5. Taxi (1932)

Passed | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Independent cab drivers struggling against a taxi company consortium find a leader in Matt Nolan.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: James Cagney, Loretta Young, George E. Stone, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 1,022

6. Captains of the Clouds (1942)

Approved | 114 min | Action, Drama, War

Inspired by Churchill's Dunkirk speech, brash, undisciplined bush pilot Brian MacLean and three friends enlist in the RCAF but are deemed too old to be fliers.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Dennis Morgan, Brenda Marshall, Alan Hale

Votes: 1,270

7. The Kid from Texas (1939)

Passed | 71 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

A loud-mouthed Texas cowpuncher tries his hand at polo finding himself at odds with high society and trying to save a floundering Wild West show.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Florence Rice, John Hubbard, Jessie Ralph

Votes: 114

8. They Met in Argentina (1941)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A Texas oil millionaire, after failing to secure oil lands in Argentina, seeks out a famous race horse in Buenos Aires and order his representative to buy the nag at any price. Ellison has ... See full summary »

Directors: Leslie Goodwins, Jack Hively | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, James Ellison, Alberto Vila, Buddy Ebsen

Votes: 110

9. The Countess of Monte Cristo (1948)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Romance

This musical tells the tales of two movie extras who abscond to an expensive resort with their costumes and pretend to be aristocrats. Included in the film are ice skating numbers and songs.

Director: Frederick De Cordova | Stars: Sonja Henie, Olga San Juan, Dorothy Hart, Michael Kirby

Votes: 64

10. Dancing Feet (1936)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Peyton Wells (Ben Lyon) rescues Judy Jones (Joan Marsh) from a very dull young man, at a sedate party given for her by her multi-millionaire grandfather Silas P. Jones (Purnell Pratt.) Judy... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Santley | Stars: Ben Lyon, Joan Marsh, Edward J. Nugent, Isabel Jewell

Votes: 43

11. Hands Across the Border (1944)

Passed | 72 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Horse breeders Adams and Brock are vying for the Army contract. When Adams is killed trying to ride his horse Trigger, Roy saves the horse from being shot. He trains him and then plans to ride him in the race to win the contract.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Ruth Terry, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams

Votes: 86

12. On Your Toes (1939)

Approved | 94 min | Music, Comedy

A young hoofer quits vaudeville to become a composer and hooks up with a Russian ballet troupe.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Vera Zorina, Eddie Albert, Alan Hale, Frank McHugh

Votes: 179

Donald O'Connor

13. Get Hep to Love (1942)

Approved | 71 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Orphan prodigy singer runs away from her oppressive aunt and tricks a rural couple into adopting her.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Gloria Jean, Donald O'Connor, Jane Frazee, Robert Paige

Votes: 34

Jivin' Jaclcs and Jills, Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan

14. Give Out, Sisters (1942)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Music

Peggy (Peggy Ryan)), a messenger, delivers a telegram to The Flamingo Club where the Andrews Sisters (The Andrews Sisters) and Bob Edwards' Orchestra are appearing. Peggy learns that the ... See full summary »

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: Laverne Andrews, Patty Andrews, Maxene Andrews, Grace McDonald

Votes: 39

Dan Dailey, Jivin' Jacks and Jills, Grace McDonald, Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan

15. It Comes Up Love (1943)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Victoria Peabody (Gloria Jean) and her younger sister, Constance (Mary Lou Harrington), go to New York City to live with with their father, Tom Peabody (Ian Hunter). The two girls become ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Gloria Jean, Ian Hunter, Donald O'Connor, Frieda Inescort

Votes: 23

Gloria Jean, Jivin' Jack and Jills, Donald O'Connor

16. What's Cookin' (1942)

Approved | 69 min | Comedy, Music

A group of entertainers visit the home of a radio singer to try to get her to book them on her show.

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: The Andrews Sisters, Patty Andrews, Maxene Andrews, Laverne Andrews

Votes: 36

Jivin' Jacks and Jills, Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan, Susan 'Tag-a-long' Levine

17. When Johnny Comes Marching Home (1942)

74 min | Comedy, Musical

War hero Johnny Kovacs works with his superiors to hide from a star crossed lover while on leave and falls in love while living at a boarding house.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Allan Jones, Jane Frazee, Gloria Jean, Donald O'Connor

Votes: 41

Four Step Brothers, Gloria Jean, Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan

18. Mister Big (1943)

Passed | 64 min | Comedy, Music

At the Davis School of the Theatre, run by Jeremy Taswell, where teen-age kids study drama and the serious arts, instructors Johnny Hanley and Alice Taswell are in love. The students, ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Gloria Jean, Peggy Ryan, Robert Paige

Votes: 53

Jivin' Jacks and Jills, Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan

19. Top Man (1943)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Musical

Musical in which a family puts on a show to boost the morale of the local factory workers.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Susanna Foster, Lillian Gish, Richard Dix

Votes: 39

Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan

20. Bowery to Broadway (1944)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy

Two Bowery vaudevillians find success in producing shows on Broadway, but when one of them suddenly departs to work for a beautiful woman, a feud erupts.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Maria Montez, Jack Oakie, Susanna Foster, Turhan Bey

Votes: 46

Jack Oakie, Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan

21. Chip Off the Old Block (1944)

Approved | 71 min | Comedy, Music

The son of a strict Navy officer falls for the daughter of a musical-comedy star.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan, Ann Blyth, Helen Vinson

Votes: 35

Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan

22. The Merry Monahans (1944)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

When Jimmie Monahan's father is absent to aid the war effort, young Jimmie works hard to lift his family's spirits. Finding he has a dancing and musical talent he organizes a show at the nearby aircraft plant to raise morale.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan, Jack Oakie, Ann Blyth

Votes: 63

Jack Oakie, Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan

23. Patrick the Great (1945)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Musical

Talented youngster Pat Donahue is working in the Berkshires. He learns of a great part in New York City and auditions. But after winning the role he finds out it was originally intended for... See full summary »

Director: Frank Ryan | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan, Frances Dee, Donald Cook

Votes: 27

Jivin' Jacks and Jills, Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan

24. Are You with It? (1948)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy

Milton Haskins, a math genius known for his infallibility with numbers, quits his job with an insurance company when he discovers he made a mistake, and hooks up with a traveling carnival. ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Hively | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Olga San Juan, Martha Stewart, Lew Parker

Votes: 60

Louis DaPron, Donald O'Connor, George O'Hanlon

25. Yes Sir, That's My Baby (1949)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Music, Sport

At a college, a group of ex-GIs clash with their wives about over playing football.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Charles Coburn, Gloria DeHaven, Joshua Shelley

Votes: 62

Donald O'Connor

26. Is Everybody Happy? (1929)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

This is the story of Ted Lewis, popular band leader and clarinettist.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Ted Lewis, Alice Day, Ann Pennington, Lawrence Grant

Ann Pennington

27. Show of Shows (1929)

Passed | 128 min | Musical

It's 1929. The studio gave the cinema its voice gave offered the audiences a chance to see their favorite actors and actresses from the silent screen era to see and for the first time can ... See full summary »

Director: John G. Adolfi | Stars: Frank Fay, William Courtenay, H.B. Warner, Hobart Bosworth

Votes: 317

Dancers, two choruses - one black one white

28. Thunderbolt (1929)

Passed | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A criminal known as Thunderbolt is imprisoned and facing execution. Into the next cell is placed Bob Moran, an innocent man who has been framed and who is in love with Thunderbolt's girl. ... See full summary »

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: George Bancroft, Fay Wray, Richard Arlen, Tully Marshall

Votes: 459

Nina Mae McKinney; avail from ioffer vendor

29. George White's Scandals (1934)

Passed | 1 min | Musical

Opening with a credit line that reads "Entire production conceived, created and directed by George White," a film evolves where the only plot line is a thin backstage romance between Jimmy ... See full summary »

Directors: Thornton Freeland, Harry Lachman, George White | Stars: Rudy Vallee, Jimmy Durante, Alice Faye, Adrienne Ames

Votes: 45

Dixie Dunbar

Dixie Lee

31. The Big Broadcast of 1937 (1936)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Musical

A cream-of-the-crop gathering of 1930's radio stars, who lend themselves to a storyline about a failing radio station which needs to put on a huge ratings winner to have any chance of ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Jack Benny, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bob Burns

Votes: 249

Louis DaPron and Eleanore Whitney

32. The Music Goes 'Round (1936)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Harry Wallace (Harry Richman) is the star of a musical comedy who, while on a leave of absence from Broadway, encounters a troupe of untalented showboat players and takes them to New York ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Schertzinger | Stars: Harry Richman, Rochelle Hudson, Walter Connolly, Douglass Dumbrille

Votes: 7

Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson and Johnny Taylor, Ananias Berry

Buck and Bubbles, Nicholas Brothers

35. The Life of the Party (1937)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Dr. Molnac and his musical troupe; Beggs, the manager; Mitzi Martos, a singer; Mitzi's agent Pauline; society scion Barry Saunders and his "keeper" Oliver Goodwin, are en route to Santa ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Joe Penner, Gene Raymond, Harry Parke, Harriet Nelson

Votes: 123

Ann Miller

37. You're a Sweetheart (1937)

Approved | 96 min | Musical, Romance

Hal Adams tries to win the heart of Broadway star Betty Bradley.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Alice Faye, George Murphy, Ken Murray, Charles Winninger

Votes: 65

Alice Faye, George Murphy

38. Radio City Revels (1938)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A songwriter uses the songs one of his pupils writes while sleeping for his own contract.

Director: Benjamin Stoloff | Stars: Bob Burns, Jack Oakie, Kenny Baker, Ann Miller

Votes: 93 | Gross: $0.51M

Ann Miller

39. Tarnished Angel (1938)

Passed | 67 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

The ex-fiancée of a young rich man becomes the companion of a jewel thief, forming a vaudeville act with face "cure", but after she discovers, that she can really cure people, she decides ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Goodwins | Stars: Sally Eilers, Lee Bowman, Ann Miller, Alma Kruger

Votes: 90

Ann Miller

40. Up the River (1938)

75 min | Comedy

In this lampoon on prison movies, con men go to jail and become stars of the football team.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Preston Foster, Tony Martin, Phyllis Brooks, Slim Summerville

Votes: 11

Bill Robinson

41. Walking Down Broadway (1938)

Approved | 75 min | Drama

Five closely knit showgirls sign a pact to reunite one year after the closing of their Broadway production, but the lives of all five take many different turns, often for the worse.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Claire Trevor, Phyllis Brooks, Leah Ray, Dixie Dunbar

Votes: 19

Dixie Dunbar

42. My Son Is Guilty (1939)

Approved | 63 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Honest cop Tim Kerry struggles to keep his son Ritzy from becoming involved in a crime ring.

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Bruce Cabot, Julie Bishop, Harry Carey, Glenn Ford

Votes: 28

Nicholas Brothers

43. Hit Parade of 1941 (1940)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A small radio station is saved of getting bankrupt by a backer, who invests money for a TV equipment, if the owner allows, that his dancing daughter Annabelle can dance and sing on the ... See full summary »

Director: John H. Auer | Stars: Kenny Baker, Frances Langford, Hugh Herbert, Mary Boland

Votes: 27

Ann Miller

44. Melody Ranch (1940)

Passed | 84 min | Music, Romance, Western

His Arizona hometown of Torpedo invites Gene back to be the honorary sheriff of the Frontier Days Celebration.

Director: Joseph Santley | Stars: Gene Autry, Jimmy Durante, Ann Miller, Barton MacLane

Votes: 175

Ann Miller

45. Four Jacks and a Jill (1942)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Four struggling musicians lose their vocalist at the insistence of her gangster boyfriend. They find a replacement in an innocent young woman being courted by a cabbie pretending to be a king.

Director: Jack Hively | Stars: Ray Bolger, Anne Shirley, June Havoc, Desi Arnaz

Votes: 112

Ray Bolger

46. Sweetheart of the Campus (1941)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

A college Principal objects to a nightclub opening near his campus.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Ruby Keeler, Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, Gordon Oliver

Votes: 112

Ruby Keeler

47. Washington Melodrama (1941)

Passed | 80 min | Drama

Calvin Claymore is a wealthy businessman trying to get a bill passed to help the starving children of Europe at the outbreak of World War 2. He meets a dancer at a night club, escorts her ... See full summary »

Director: S. Sylvan Simon | Stars: Frank Morgan, Ann Rutherford, Kent Taylor, Dan Dailey

Votes: 160

Dan Dailey, Virginia Grey

48. Born to Sing (1942)

Approved | 82 min | Action, Crime, Musical

Show promoter Cartwright has stolen the songs that Frank wrote while he was in the big house. The boys go to Cartwright to get Frank credit for his work, and Cartwright has them arrested ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Virginia Weidler, Ray McDonald, Leo Gorcey, Douglas McPhail

Votes: 148

Ray McDonald

49. Broadway (1942)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Music