Musical Monday: The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957)

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.

pied piper5This week’s musical:
The Pied Piper of Hamlin (1957) – Musical #723

Studio:
NBC

Director:
Bretaigne Windust

Starring:
Van Johnson, Claude Rains, Lori Nelson, Jim Backus, Kay Starr, Brian Corcoran, Doodles Weaver, Stanley Adams, Rene Kroper

Plot:
The people of Hamelin are working to build a clock tower for a visit from the king. Because of this, they are driven by the mayor (Rains) to work constantly, with play and schooling outlawed. When the town is invaded by rats, a magical Pied Piper (Johnson) is called to play a special tune to rid the town of the rodents — the pure of heart won’t be able to hear his tune. After the piper frees the town of rodents, the mayor refuses to pay the piper, who says they will rue the day. Townsman Truson (also Johnson) begs the town to pay the piper before it’s too late and he fulfills his threat.

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Musical Monday: Let’s Face It (1943)

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.

let's face it 2This week’s musical:
Let’s Face It (1943) – Musical #722

Studio:
Paramount Pictures

Director:
Sidney Lanfield

Starring:
Bob Hope, Betty Hutton, Zasu Pitts, Phyllis Povah, Dave Willock, Eve Arden, Dona Drake, Marjorie Weaver, Raymond Walburn, Andrew Tombes, Joyce Compton (uncredited), Yvonne de Carlo (uncredited), Kay Linaker (uncredited), Noel Neill (uncredited), Barbara Pepper (uncredited),

Plot:
Three wives — Maggie Watson (Arden), Cornelia Figeson (Pitts) and Nancy Collister (Povah) — are suspicious of their husbands who went on a “fishing trip.” Staying at a health farm near an Army base, the women connect with soldier Jerry Walker (Hope) and ask if he and two friends can come to the Hamptons with them to get back at their husbands. The problem being that Jerry is supposed to be getting married to his long term girlfriend, Winnie Porter (Hutton), who also runs the health farm.

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Musical Monday: No Love, No Leave (1946)

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.

no love no leave6This week’s musical:
No Love, No Leave (1946) – Musical #716

Studio:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Director:
Charles Martin

Starring:
Van Johnson, Keenan Wynn, Pat Kirkwood, Edward Arnold, Marie Wilson, Selena Royale, Leon Ames, Marina Koshetz, Joey Preston, Arthur Walsh
Themselves: Guy Lombardo, Xavier Cugat

Plot:
Sgt. Mike Hanlon (Johnson) is home from the war on leave and is a decorated hero. When Mike is invited on a radio show hosted by Susan Duncan (Kirkwood), he’s reluctant to be in the spotlight, eager to get home to his sweetheart and his mother. Mike has his friend Slinky (Wynn) pose in his place on the radio program — but regrets it when a surprise is that Mike’s mother (Royale) calls in to speak with him. His mother also shares a private message with Susan — to keep Mike occupied and in New York City until she arrives to break bad news about his sweetheart. However, Susan believes Slinky is Mike, causing confusion and complications.

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Musical Monday: Salute for Three (1943)

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.

saluteThis week’s musical:
Salute for Three (1943) – Musical #719

Studio:
Paramount Pictures

Director:
Ralph Murphy

Starring:
Betty Jane Rhodes, Macdonald Carey, Marty May, Cliff Edwards, Minna Gombell, Noel Neill, Frank Faylen (uncredited), Charles Smith (uncredited)
As themselves: Dona Drake, Lorraine and Rognan

Plot:
Press Agent Jimmy Gates (May) is trying to build up an unknown singer, Judy Ames (Betty Jane Rhodes), hoping she will land a spot on the “Girl I Left Behind” radio program. When war hero Buzz McAllister (Carey) returns home on leave, Jimmy cooks up a plot to create a phony romance between Judy and Buzz. But as the two spend time together, perhaps the romance isn’t so phony after all.

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Musical Monday: The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966)

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.

ghost in the invisible2This week’s musical:
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966) – Musical #715

Studio:
American International Pictures

Director:
Don Weis

Starring:
Tommy Kirk, Deborah Walley, Aron Kincaid, Quinn O’Hara, Jesse White, Harvey Lembeck, Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Patsy Kelly, Susan Hart, Nancy Sinatra, Claudia Martin, Francis X. Bushman, Benny Rubin, Bobbie Shaw, George Barrows, Luree Holmes, Mary Hughes, Salli Sachse, Patti Chandler, Piccola Pupa

Plot:
Hiram Stokley (Karloff) has recently died. He is visited in his crypt by the ghost of his wife Cecily, (Hart), who is still young and pretty like the day she died many years before. Cecily tells Hiram that his relatives will soon be reading his will and dividing his wealth. His heirs include Chuck Phillips (Kirk), Lili Morton (Walley) and Aunt Myrtle Forbush (Kelly). In addition to the heirs, a group of swinging teens arrive to party at the old mansion. Hiram and his ghost wife keep a close eye on the inheritance proceedings, because he doesn’t trust his lawyer Reginald Ripper (Rathbone) or his daughter Sinistra (O’Hara) as they are out for the money themselves, who try to scare the teens off through scare tactics.

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Musical Monday: The Horror of Party Beach (1964)

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.

horror of the beach party11This week’s musical:
The Horror of Beach Party (1964) – Musical #718

Studio:
Distributed by 20th Century Fox

Director:
Del Tenney

Starring:
John Lyon (billed as John Scott), Alice Lyon, Marilyn Clarke, Eulabelle Moore, Allan Laurel, Damon Kebroyd

Plot:
When radioactive waste is dumped into the ocean, skeletons in the ocean are turned into sea monsters that survive on human blood. The first monster kills a young woman attending a beach party (complete with music from the Del-Tones). Monsters continue terrorizing the town, invading a slumber party and visitors. A doctor (Laurel) works to search

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Musical Monday: Pennies from Heaven (1936)

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.

pennies from heavenThis week’s musical:
Pennies from Heaven – Musical #193

Studio:
Columbia Pictures

Director:
Norman Z. McLeod

Starring:
Bing Crosby, Edith Fellows, Madge Evans, Louis Armstrong, Donald Meek, John Gallaudet, Nana Bryant, Tom Dugan,

Plot:
Larry Poole (Crosby), who lives like a roaming minstrel, is tasked with finding two people: Gramp Smith (Meek) and a little girl, Patsy Smith (Fellows). Larry was just released from jail and one of his fellow inmates on his way to the electric chair wants Larry to tell Gramp and Patsy that he killed Patsy’s father, and to give the pair some property. While Larry does this, a welfare worker, Susan (Evans), is working to check in on Patsy to see she if she is raised properly or will have to go to an orphanage.

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Musical Monday: The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.

shocking miss pilgrimThis week’s musical:
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947) – Musical #717

Studio:
20th Century Fox

Director:
George Seaton

Starring:
Betty Grable, Dick Haymes, Anne Revere, Allyn Joslyn, Gene Lockhart, Elizabeth Patterson, Elisabeth Risdon, Arthur Shields, Charles Kemper, Roy Roberts, Coleen Gray, Lillian Bronson (uncredited)

Plot:
Set in 1874, Cynthia Pilgrim (Grable) graduates as a star student from the Packard Business College of New York. She’s thrilled when she lands a typist job at the Pritchard Shipping Company in Boston. But her boss John Pritchard (Haymes) is not thrilled with having a woman in his office. And Cynthia discovers finding room and board in Boston as a working woman is a challenge. She gets involved in the suffrage movement, which Mr. Pritchard also doesn’t like.

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Musical Monday: Let’s Do It Again (1953)

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.

This week’s musical:
Let’s Do It Again (1953) – Musical #300

let's do it again

Studio:
Columbia Pictures

Director:
Alexander Hall

Starring:
Jane Wyman, Ray Milland, Aldo Ray, Leon Ames, Valerie Bettis, Karin Booth, Mary Treen, Tom Helmore, Dick Wessel, Kathryn Givney, Herbert Hayes

Plot:
Constance Stuart (Wyman) is a musical star and her husband Gary Stuart (Milland) is a composer for stage musicals. Gary told Constance he was going out of town, when really he was in town the whole time, attending jazz sessions and carousing. When he returns home one morning, he finds Constance left the night before with another man and hasn’t returned. When she arrives in her evening clothes and saying they had car trouble, he doesn’t believe her and the two separate. During their separation, Gary tries to win back Constance, even while she’s being romanced by another man (Ray).

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Musical Monday: Rise and Shine (1941)

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.

rise and shine2This week’s musical:
Rise and Shine (1941) – Musical #433

Studio:
20th Century Fox

Director:
Allan Dwan

Starring:
Jack Oakie, Linda Darnell, George Murphy, Donald Meek, Milton Berle, Walter Brennan, Sheldon Leonard, Raymond Walburn, Emma Dunn, Donald MacBride, William Haade, Dick Rich

Plot:
To keep Clayton College open, they must have more students enroll. And the way to do that is have a winning football team. However, the star football player Boley Bolenciecwcz (Oakie) is facing scrutiny, because his grades aren’t up to snuff. Boley goes to stay with the family of student and cheerleader Louise Murray (Darnell), including her eccentric parents (Meek, Dunn) and grandpa (Brennan), so he can have a quieter atmosphere to study and sleep. However, a gangster (Leonard) wants Boley kidnapped, because he wants Notre Dame to win against Clayton.

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