Warner Bros. continues to entertain the world with films passionately produced, selectively acquired, carefully preserved and impeccably curated for both the casual and ultimate movie lover to enjoy forever. The epic musicals included are:
The Jazz Singer (1927) Jakie Rabinowitz goes into show business despite his family’s protestations that he should become a cantor like his father. Changing his name to Jack Robin, Jakie follows his passion for jazz and ragtime music, but in doing so, he alienates himself from his family and his Jewish roots. Al Joelson and May McAvoy star.
The Broadway Melody (1929) This historically important film (first talkie to win Best Picture Oscar) is about two sisters (Anita Page, Bessie Love) competing for a producer (Charles King). Jed Prouty and Kenneth Thompson also star.
42nd Street (1933) The classic musical comedy about the problems a Broadway producer encounters before opening night. Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels and George Brent star.
The Great Ziegfeld (1936) William Powell stars in MGM’s Academy Award-winning tribute to the Broadway figure. Luise Rainer was the Best Actress Oscar winner for her portrayal of Anna Held. Myrna Loy and Frank Morgan also star.
Wizard of Oz (1939) This beloved movie featuring Scarecrow, Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and many more starred Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Margaret Hamilton and many more. Follow the Yellow Brick Road!
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) James Cagney shines in his Oscar-winning turn as songwriter-showman George M. Cohan. Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, and Irene Manning also star.
An American In Paris (1951) This Oscar winner for Best Picture features Gershwin songs and Gene Kelly-Leslie Caron dance numbers. Oscar Levant, Nina Foch and Georges Guetary star.
Show Boat (1951) Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and Ava Gardner in a colorful version of Jerome Kern’s melodious 1928 classic about Mississippi riverboat life. Joe E. Brown, Marge and Gower Champion, Agnes Moorehead, William Warfield. Songs: “Make Believe,” “Ol’ Man River,” “Bill,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” “You Are Love” and “Why Do I Love You?”
Singin’ In The Rain (1952) Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor star in this hilarious spoof of moviemaking in the late 1920s, a blend of delightful performances and beautifully staged numbers performed with verve. Kelly and Stanley Donen directed.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) Howard Keel and Jane Powell star in Stanley Donen’s classic about kidnapped brides on a snowbound farm in 1850. Johnny Mercer-Gene de Paul won the Oscar for Best Score.
A Star Is Born (1954) George Cukor’s lavish semi-musical remake of the 1937 classic about Hollywood’s tragic ups and downs. Judy Garland, James Mason and Jack Carson star.
The Music Man (1962) Adaptation of Meredith Willson’s Broadway hit about a fast-talking salesman and a librarian in 1912 Iowa. Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Paul Ford and Buddy Hackett star.
Viva Las Vegas (1964) Sports-car racers (Elvis Presley, Cesare Danova) compete for a singer (Ann-Margret). Nicky Blair, William Demarest also star and George Sidney directed.
Camelot (1967) Joshua Logan’s version of the Broadway hit about King Arthur (Richard Harris), Queen Guinevere (Vanessa Redgrave) and Sir Lancelot (Franco Nero) in long-ago Britain. The memorable Alan Jay Lerner-Frederick Loewe songs include “I Wonder What the King Is Doing Tonight,” “The Lusty Month of May,” and “Follow Me.”
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) A poor little boy wins a ticket to visit the inside of a mysterious and magical chocolate factory. When he experiences the wonders inside the factory, the boy discovers that the entire visit is a test of his character. Gene Wilder stars.
Cabaret (1972) Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey and director Bob Fosse won Oscars for this dramatic musical set in 1931 Berlin during the rise of the Nazis. Michael York and Marisa Berenson also star.
That’s Entertainment (1974) This compilation of show-stoppers from nearly 30 years of MGM musicals, features Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Mickey Rooney, Esther Williams, Clark Gable, James Stewart, June Allyson and many more.
Victor/Victoria (1982) Julie Andrews is a singer posing as a male in drag, and James Garner is her confused suitor in this Blake Edwards sex farce set in 1934. Robert Preston and Lesley Ann Warren also star.
Little Shop of Horrors (1986) In this hit comedy/musical all sorts of odd things occur in a Skid Row flower shop because of a most unusual plant. Rick Moranis and Vincent Gardenia star.
Hairspray (1988) John Waters’ satire of the early ’60s features Divine as the mother of a teen (Ricki Lake) who’s a huge success on a popular dance show.