AKA all my favorite old Hollywood movie musicals. And there are a ton.
// Mary Poppins – 1964 //
A singing nanny, a cross father, and plenty of magical (and sometimes animated) adventures. This one makes me cry simply because of Saving Mr. Banks (though even before that, ‘Let’s Go Fly A Kite’ always did leave me a little teary). There’s plenty of smart humor in this one, so adults and older teens can enjoy it, too. ‘Feed the Birds’ is simply wonderful. Favorite part of the film? The finale.
// State Fair – 1945 //
Dana Andrews is splendid in this film, but everyone else turns in a great performance, too. The songs give me all the happy feelings, as does the way the whole thing turns out perfectly in the end. (When Elisabeth and I watched this for the first time, we were getting a little worried when there was only about two minutes left and Margie and Wayne were still mopey. Thankfully, it all turned out fine.) Favorite part of the film? All the songs.
// Singin’ in the Rain – 1952 //
For the longest time, this was my favorite movie. And it still is one of my favorites. I love the friendship between Don and Kathy and Cosmo – it’s so fun to watch! (Especially during ‘Good Morning’.) The costumes are the BEST and Jean Hagen totally deserved her Oscar nomination. Fun fact: my siblings and I used to sing the songs to this so often that Mom literally banned it for about a year. Favorite part of the film? Debbie Reynolds.
// The Happiest Millionaire – 1967 //
*siiiiigh* This movie is my happy place. The songs, the story, the characters, the actors…all of it. Cordy’s relationship with her dad is so sweet and the romance is adorable and the Sherman brothers almost outdid their song-writing turn in Mary Poppins with this movie. Plus, it’s so very funny. Favorite part of the film? The ball, I think. Or the whole opening when John is getting used to the Biddles’ way of doing things.
// Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – 1954 //
The first time I watched this film, I hated it for some inexplicable reason. (I was quite young.) Then I watched it just last year and I loved and adored it. It’s so perfect! Millie is one of the best heroines in the history of cinema, in my opinion, and the Pontipee brothers are…unique. And lovable, too. Favorite part of the film? The barn-raising scene, of course.
// The Sound of Music -1965 //
Christopher Plummer kinda makes this movie what it is. I mean, Julie Andrews is QUEEN and all that, but there’s just something about Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp that puts The Sound of Music on my list of favorite musicals. I also enjoy all the children (you really need to read Forever Liesel by Charmian Carr) and Eleanor Parker as the Baroness. Favorite part of the film? Maria’s wedding. ❤
// White Christmas – 1954 //
Favorite Christmas movie and one of my very favorite movies in general. Most of the songs make me feel like my heart is filled with sparkles and little glittery hearts and diamonds. Love it. Also, the characters are great, especially Judy and Betty, and Dean Jaggers as General Waverly makes me cry and it’s just…gahhhh. So amazing. Favorite part of the film? Either ‘Count Your Blessings’ or the bit where they surprise the General. I can’t decide. Oh, and all the costumes.
How many of these movie musicals have you seen? What are some of your favorites?