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A Fan’s View of the Top 20 Best Movie Musicals

Written on:January 29, 2017
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January 29, 2017

This past Friday TCM had a 24 hour movie tribute to Debbie Reynolds. Reynolds had a long career and some of her movies were musicals. Her breakout role was in the great MGM musical “Singin’ In The Rain” with Donald O’Connor and Gene Kelly.

In my view “Singing’ In The Rain” is the best musical to come out during the heyday of Hollywood Musicals. And my favorite all time movie musical.

Many year’s ago I put together a list of what I felt were the 10 best musicals ever made. I have long lost that list, so I thought I’d put together another one. This time my Top 20.

“Singin’ In The Rain”
1952 – Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds.

“American In Paris”
1951 – Gene Kelly, Oscar Levant and Lesile Caron. Won Best Picture Oscar

“On The Town”
1949 – Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett and Ann Miller

“Anchors Away”
1945 – Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jerry the Mouse.

“The Harvey Girls”
1946 – Judy Garland, John Hodiak and Ray Bolger

“Into The Woods”
2014 – James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and Meryl Streep

“A Chorus Line”
1985 – Michael Douglas, Audrey Landers, Janet Jones and Vicki Frederick

“All That Jazz”
1979 – Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange and Ann Reinking

“Mary Poppins”
1964 – Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke

“Babes in Arms”
1039 – Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney

“The Wizard of Oz”
1939 – Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley and Bert Lahr

“Rent”
2005 – Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Jesse L. Martin, Iduna Menzel and Rosario Dawson

“1776”
1972 – William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, and Ken Howard

“Easter Parade”
1948 – Judy Garland and Fred Astaire

“Holiday Inn”
1942 – Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby

“Royal Wedding”
1951 – Fred Astaire and Jane Powell

“Jesus Christ Superstar”
1973 – Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson and Yvonne Elliman

“King Creole”
1958 – Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones and Walter Matthau

“Beach Blanket Bingo”
1965 – Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”
1968 – Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes and Lionel Jeffries

If you want to get a taste of the old Hollywood Musicals from MGM watch the 3 volume set of “That’s Entertainment”.

I haven’t seen the new musical “La La Land”, but I hear that it pays homage to a few of those old musicals. Who knows when I see it, “La La Land” may knock one of these off of the list.

Of course this is just my opinion based on what I like and my Fan’s View.

What’s yours?

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