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Musical films of the late 50s

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AnninGlos Report 26 Mar 2013 08:56

I was just thinking, I started going with my other half when I was 15 in 1956 and we got married in 1960. Between those years we saw lots of (what was then) big musical films. I have listed some, have I missed any,? I am sure I have.

Sound of Music
South Pacific
Student Prince
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
White Christmas
Hans Anderson
High Society
Little Richard ????

I think there is another Mario Lanza one and I can't remember the Little Richard title.


Sharron Report 26 Mar 2013 08:59

The Great Caruso, we had the LP with songs from both films.

Wasn't there a musical called the Flower Drum Song ?


ButtercupFields Report 26 Mar 2013 09:03

Porgy and Bess

Brenda from Wales

Brenda from Wales Report 26 Mar 2013 09:18

The first Mario Lanza film was......That Midnight Kiss....thought it was lovely...told mum and she was a fan then for the rest of her life..
We played him singing I'll Walk with God at her funeral.


JustJohn Report 26 Mar 2013 09:29

Mum and Dad were on stage every year at GRand in Wolverhampton for South Staffs Operatic. Remember most of these. Also Belle of New York, the Arcadians,King and I.

Student Prince? Think that was my favourite song "Drink, drink, drink, let every true lover salute his new heart" or something like that.

Carousel always been my favourite. Still makes me cry now at end when Billy comes back and talks to his daughter (sob, sob).


AnninGlos Report 26 Mar 2013 09:36

Carousel was my favourite too. 'Our song' has always been "If I loved you".

Yes, think there was Flower Drum song but may have been earlier than 56, Don't remember the film Porgy and Bess BC was that is those years too?
The great Caruso was the one I was thinking of I think, don't remember That Midnight kiss so it may have been earlier.


AnninGlos Report 26 Mar 2013 09:45


that Midnight kiss 1949 (no wonder I didn't see it!)
Flower Drum Song 1961
Porgy & Bess 1959
Great Caruso 1951


JustJohn Report 26 Mar 2013 09:56

Oklahoma was when I learned Surrey was not always an English county :-D

These shows were so colourful. Homes seemed drab in those days and highlight of TV was The Grove Family and Cisco Kid. And the Brains Trust!!!! :-( :-(

Trying to remember which show had a harpist as part of the orchestra. I can always remember my dad's indignation when South Staffs Operatic hired a harpist for their week at the Grand. "Good gracious, she wants £2 a pluck!!!!!"


AnnCardiff Report 26 Mar 2013 09:56



AnninGlos Report 26 Mar 2013 10:04

Kismet 1944 then 1955, remember the name but I don't think we saw it. Maybe it stopped circulating by 1956.


AnninGlos Report 26 Mar 2013 10:18

Cheating Now. looked them up There are loads but these are the ones we saw.

No Business Like Show Business
dadddy Longlegs
Guys and Dolls
Young at Heart
Hit the Deck
Lady and the Tramp
The Tender trap
Anything goes
Benny Goodman story
the Girl can't help it
The King and I (How could I forget that one
Love Me tender
Jailhouse Rock
rock around the clock
The Joker is wild
Pal Joey
St Louis Blues
Tom Thumb


AnnCardiff Report 26 Mar 2013 10:22

think our lives are on a bit of a parallel Ann - met OH 1956, married 1959 - Easter Saturday actually - anniversary this Thursday - went to the pictures many times in the first week or two - films were Seven Brides, The Court Jester, A Town like Alice, The Man who never was - I recall when we were watching Seven Brides and Jane Powell first turned up at Howard Keel's home I commented, rather too loudly, that it looked like his mother's house - which was always a tip - everyone around us fell about laughing!!! and he still married me :-D


AnnCardiff Report 26 Mar 2013 10:23

loved the Benny Goodman Story - "Memories of you"


AnninGlos Report 26 Mar 2013 10:30

I saw the Man who never was on the day I met my OH properly for the first time (23 June 56), But I saw it with another lad who I 'dumped' the following day.


AnnCardiff Report 26 Mar 2013 10:32

met OH April 8th 1956 - his 21st birthday - was due to go to cinema with another boy, but didn't turn up, so when we were queuing to go in I was petrified the other would suddenly appear - he didn't!!!

Brenda from Wales

Brenda from Wales Report 26 Mar 2013 11:13

What about Moulin Rouge......saw this about 1953 with a Greek boyfriend...very handsome.....didnt last long...I was only 18 then.


Sharron Report 26 Mar 2013 11:23

The Lady and the Tramp was the first film I ever saw. I think I was three and,for some reason, I was sat on an usherettes fold-down seat for a few moments,so I jumped off and it sprang up with a termendous bang.


Kense Report 26 Mar 2013 11:31

The only ones I saw in 1956-60 were:
Don't Knock the Rock
Rock Around the Clock
King Creole
Country Music Holiday


RolloTheRed Report 26 Mar 2013 12:23

Show Boat ( 1951 ), Singin' in the Rain ( 1952 ), My Fair Lady ( 1956), The Matchmaker (Hello Dolly) ( 1958),
West Side Story (1959)


PatinCyprus Report 26 Mar 2013 12:25

Sound of music was later about 1965/66.

What about

Singing in the Rain
The Duke Wore Jeans
Tommy the Toreador
Expresso Bongo
Brigadoon :-)

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