Classic Movie Musicals You May Not Know

by Karen Walch | Oct 12, 2021

Cover Girl
starring Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth

A dancer in a Brooklyn night club catches the eye of a magazine publisher, who sees in her potential as a future cover girl.

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On Moonlight Bay
starring Doris Day and Gordon MacRae

Musical about a family that moves to a small town in Indiana, where their tomboy daughter begins a romance with the neighbor across the street.

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Rose Marie
starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy

Marie de Flor, a glamorous Canadian prima donna, is renowned for her beauty, exquisite voice and fierce temperament. When news arrives that her brother Jack has been wounded in a prison escape, Marie realizes she must go to him despite the danger. Lured into the wilderness, she encounters Sgt. Bruce, who is hunting the fugitive. Sgt. Bruce is soon hot on Marie's trail as well!

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Calamity Jane
starring Doris Day and Howard Keel

 

Calamity Jane is a calamity at love--she's too busy cracking a bullwhip to pay much mind to such girlie things as dresses and perfume.

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game   
starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Esther Williams

Singing, dancing baseball players Dennis Ryan and Eddie O'Brien find their friendship tested when both fall for the new, female owner of their team.

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Harvey Girls  
starring Judy Garland

On a train trip West to become a mail order bride, Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women traveling out to open a "Harvey House" restaurant at a remote whistle stop to provide good cooking and wholesome company for railway travelers. Susan joins the Harvey Girls but the saloon across the street with its alluring worldly-wise women offers them tough competition, fair and foul, and Susan catches the eye of the Ned Trent, the distant but intense proprietor of the bar.

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Meet Me in St. Louis
starring Judy Garland

A coming-of-age film about Rose and her family at the turn of the century, and about the handsome boy next door.

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Damn Yankees
starring Gwen Verdon

Joe Boyd, after seeing his team lose yet again, rashly declares that he would sell his soul to the devil to see his team beat the Yankees. The Devil, who goes by Mr. Applegate now, agrees to the deal.

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The Court Jester
starring Danny Kaye

A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful king.

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