Musical Monday: Somebody Loves Me (1952)

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:
Somebody Loves Me (1952) – Musical #457

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Studio:
Paramount Pictures

Director:
Irving Brecher

Starring:
Betty Hutton, Ralph Meeker, Robert Keith, Adele Jergens, Billie Bird, Sid Tomack, Henry Slate, Nick Adams (uncredited)
Themselves: Jack Benny

Plot:
Biographical film on entertainer Blossom Seeley (Hutton) and her rise to fame and her marriage to performer Benny Fields (Meeker). The film begins in 1906 the night of the San Francisco earthquake and goes through the 1920s.

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Musical Monday: Show of Shows (1929)

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:
Show of Shows (1929) – Musical #721

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Studio:
Warner Bros.

Director:
John G. Adolfi

Starring:
Master of Ceremonies: Frank Faylen

Armida, Johnny Arthur, Mary Astor, William Bakewell, Richard Bartelmess, Noah Berry, Sally Blane, Monte Blue, Irène Bordoni, Joseph A. Burke, Marion Byron, Georges Carpentier, Ethlyne Clair, James Clemens, Ruth Clifford, William Collier Jr., Betty Compson, Chester Conklin, Heinie Conklin, Dolores Costello, Helene Costello, Jack Curtis, Viola Dana, Alice Day, Marceline Day, Sally Eilers, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Louise Fazenda, Pauline Garon, Albert Gran, Alexander Gray, Lloyd Hamilton, Julanne Johnston, Sôjin Kamiyama, Lupino Lane, Frances Lee, Lila Lee, Ted Lewis, Winnie Lightner, Beatrice Lillie, Jacqueline Logan, Myrna Loy, Nick Lucas, Tully Marshall, Shirley Mason, Otto Matieson, Philo McCullough, Patsy Ruth Miller, Bull Montana, Lee Moran, Chester Morris, Jack Mulhal, Edna Murphy, Carmel Myers, Marian Nixon, Molly O’Day, Sally O’Neil, Gertrude Olmstead, Kalla Pasha, Anders Randolf, Rin Tin Tin, Bert Roach, Sid Silvers, Ann Sothern, Ben Turpin, Ada Mae Vaughn, Alberta Vaughn, Lolita Vendrell, Edward Ward, Alice White, Ted Williams, Lois Wilson, Grant Withers, Loretta Young, John Aasen

Plot:
With 23 songs and skits, there is little plot to this film. It is a talent revue to exhibit the speaking and singing talent of Hollywood stars during the dawn of sound.

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Musical Monday: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

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.

chitty4This week’s musical:
Chitty Chitty Ban Bang (1968) – Musical #724

Studio:
United Artists

Director:
Ken Hughes

Starring:
Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Gert Fröbe, Anna Quayle, Benny Hill, James Robertson Justice, Heather Ripley, Adrian Hall, Desmond Llewelyn

Plot:
Caractacus Potts (Van Dyke) is a down-on-his-luck inventor restores a former winning race car. He takes his children (Hall, Llewelyn) and an acquaintance, Truly Scrumptious (Howes), on a picnic where he tells them a magical adventure story about the car.

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Musical Monday: Cinderella (1965)

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.

cinderella 1965 11This week’s musical:
Cinderella (1965) – Musical #144

Studio:
CBS

Director:
Charles S. Dubin

Starring:
Lesley Ann Warren, Stuart Damon, Walter Pidgeon, Ginger Rogers, Pat Carroll, Barbara Ruick, Celeste Holm, Jo Van Fleet, Trudi Ames, Betty Noyes, Bill Lee,

Plot:
Set to music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the story focuses on Cinderella (Warren), a lonely young woman whose father has died and she lives only with her stepmother (Fleet) and stepsisters (Ruick, Carroll). Her stepmother and stepsisters have made Cinderella their servant, while Cinderella dreams of a better life. The Prince (Damon) is in search of a wife, and the King and Queen (Pidgeon, Rogers) hold a ball so he can find a wife. Cinderella’s fairy godmother (Holm) helps her get to the ball, but she must leave by midnight.

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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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