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Hollywood Movie Musicals in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles A-B

Titles A-B

Alexander's Ragtime Band
"Roger and his friend Charlie audition at a saloon in San Francisco's Barbary Coast. The number 'Alexander's Ragtime Band' proves to be a sensation. Charlie soon falls in love with Stella who is the singer of the band. When Roger returns from World War I, he meets Stella and learns she and Charlie have married."

An American in Paris
"Jerry Mulligan, a struggling American painter in Paris, is 'discovered' by an influential heiress with an interest in more than Jerry's art. Jerry in turn falls for Lise, a young French girl already engaged to a cabaret singer. Jerry jokes, sings and dances with his best friend, an acerbic would-be concert pianist, while romantic complications abound."

Anchors Aweigh
"Two lovesick sailors on shore leave in Hollywood fall hard for the same beautiful singer. The race for Susie's heart leads them both into a series of comical and musical adventures."

Annie & Annie (2014)
"The story of the comic strip character Little Orphan Annie, who is adopted by billionaire 'Daddy' Warbucks."

Annie Get Your Gun
"Frank Butler, handsome star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, bags clay pigeons and ladies' hearts. He's the best marksman in the world--until a backwoods hoyden challenges him. Her name? Annie Oakley."

Anything Goes
"Bill Benson and Ted Adams are to appear in a Broadway show together and, while in Paris, each 'discovers' the perfect leading lady for the plum female role. Each promises the prize role to the girl they selected without informing the other until they head back across the Atlantic by liner - with each man having brought his choice along! It becomes a stormy crossing as each man has to tell his 'find' that she might not get the role after all." - Alfred Jingle

Applause
"When talking pictures were first coming to the screen, theater director Rouben Mamoulain shatters the oppressive technical limitations and transforms a backstage melodrama into a stunning cinematic masterpiece. Tells the story of Kitty Darling, a fading burlesque star who tries to save her convent-educated daughter April from following in Mom's footsteps."

Babes in Arms
"Mickey Moran, a talented singer and musician, son of a veteran from the show business. Mickey has a partner, Patsi Barton, a pretty girl and also a very talented singer. One day, a big opportunity arrives for Mickey, a big contract to set up his own show. However, things don't go well, and in order to avoid being sent to a work farm, he'll improvise a show in the country, despite the awful weather conditions. Patsi's in love with Mickey, he loves her too, but for him the show must go on, and his big dream maybe will come true: formally stage his play in a big scenario, with a huge production."

Babes on Broadway
"Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through her gets the idea to promote a show to send orphaned children on a country holiday. But he is only using the kids to get on himself, which Penny soon realises. With his romance off, an engagement in Philadelphia he can't get to, and, indeed, war in Europe, life can be difficult."

The Band Wagon
"Fading movie musical star Tony Hunter, down and out in Hollywood, decides to try his luck on the Broadway stage."

The Barkleys of Broadway
"Josh and Dinah Barkley are a successful (though argumentative) musical-comedy team, yet Dinah chafes as Galatea to her husband's Pygmalion. When serious playwright Jacques Barredout envisions her as a great dramatic actress, Dinah is not hard to persuade."

Bells Are Ringing
"A switchboard operator gets caught up in the personal lives of the clients of an answering service, including that of a playboy."

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
"A sheriff and a proprietess join together not only in romance, but to fight a big city TV crusader in his efforts to expose the Chicken Ranch to public scandal, and thus close it down." 

The Best Things in Life Are Free
"Set in the 1920s, the story depicts the partnership of DeSylva, Brown, and Henderson, who team up to write songs for the George White Scandals, and the problems they incur as success grows. The story includes romance, nostalgic tunes, and good dance routines."

The Boy Friend
"The story of an assistant manager/gofer who is given a big chance after the leading actress hurts her ankle."

Brazil
"Set in exotic South America, the film's light-as-air plot revolves around a fish-out-of-water authoress struck by Cupid's arrow, dual identities, and, of course, those dancing fools, Veloz and Yolanda, the King and Queen of the tango who perform a show-stopping number set to the film's title tune."

 Brigadoon
"Americans Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas, on a hunting vacation in Scotland, discover a quaint and beautiful village, Brigadoon. Strangely, the village is not on any map, and soon Tommy and Jeff find out why: Brigadoon is an enchanted place. It appears once every hundred years for one day, then disappears back into the mists of time, to wake up to its next day a century hence. When Tommy falls in love with Fiona, a girl of the village, he realizes that she can never be part of his life back in America. Can he be part of hers in Brigadoon?"

The Broadway Melody
"This is the first musical to win a Best Picture Oscar. Anita Page and Bessie Love star as two sisters in love with the same man."

Broadway Melody of 1940
"A backstage yarn about two hoofers, Johnny Brett and King Shaw, who are an ambitious dance team working in a dance hall for little or nothing. A mistake in names shoots King instead of Johnny into the lead of a Broadway musical. On opening night King is unable to perform due to intoxication, and Johnny is forced to perform to save his partner's reputation. The show's producers realize their mistake in identity and all is resolved."

Bye, Bye, Birdie
"When rock star Conrad Birdie gets drafted, his manager organizes a nationwide contest in which one lucky girl wins a farewell kiss on The Ed Sullivan show."