Ne Plus Ultra (Musicals Talkies)

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Favorite Films, Musicals Talkies,

"...the perfect or most extreme example of its kind; the ultimate..."

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1. The Cocoanuts (1929)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Musical

69 Metascore

During the Florida land boom, The Marx Brothers run a hotel, auction off some land, thwart a jewel robbery, and generally act like themselves.

Directors: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx

Votes: 7,070

2. The Jazz Singer (1927)

Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Music, Musical

66 Metascore

The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer

Votes: 9,114 | Gross: $7.63M

3. Hallelujah (1929)

Passed | 109 min | Drama, Musical

A sharecropper decides to become a preacher after falling for a vamp from the city.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Daniel L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney, William Fountaine, Harry Gray

Votes: 1,564

4. The Love Parade (1929)

Passed | 107 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

The queen of mythical Sylvania marries a courtier, who finds his new life unsatisfying.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Lupino Lane, Lillian Roth

Votes: 1,986

5. The Broadway Melody (1929)

Passed | 100 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A pair of sisters from the vaudeville circuit try to make it big time on Broadway, but matters of the heart complicate the attempt.

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Bessie Love, Anita Page, Charles King, The Angeles Twins

Votes: 6,527 | Gross: $6.12M

6. Applause (1929)

Passed | 80 min | Drama, Musical

A burlesque star seeks to keep her convent-raised daughter away from her low-down life and abusive lover/stage manager.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Helen Morgan, Joan Peers, Fuller Mellish Jr., Jack Cameron

Votes: 1,287

7. Hearts in Dixie (1929)

Passed | 71 min | Drama, Musical

Nappus, an elderly farmer, resents the fact that his daughter Chloe is married to a lazy layabout named Gummy, who allows Chloe to do all the house and farm work he himself should be doing.... See full summary »

Director: Paul Sloane | Stars: Stepin Fetchit, Clarence Muse, Eugene Jackson, Dorothy Morrison

Votes: 14

8. The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)

Passed | 130 min | Comedy, Music

An all-star revue featuring MGM contract players.

Directors: Charles Reisner, Christy Cabanne, Norman Houston | Stars: Conrad Nagel, Jack Benny, John Gilbert, Norma Shearer

Votes: 1,845

9. Show of Shows (1929)

Passed | 128 min | Musical

It's 1929. The studio gave the cinema its voice and offered the audiences a chance to see their favorite actors and actresses from the silent screen era. For the first time, they can be ... See full summary »

Director: John G. Adolfi | Stars: Frank Fay, William Courtenay, H.B. Warner, Hobart Bosworth

Votes: 371

10. It's a Great Life (1929)

Passed | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Casey and Babe are sisters who work in a department store and each year the store puts on a show. As expected, things are going wrong with every act until Casey comes out to help Babe with ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Rosetta Duncan, Vivian Duncan, Lawrence Gray, Jed Prouty

Votes: 271

11. Glorifying the American Girl (1929)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

The rise of a showgirl, Gloria Hughes, culminating in a Ziegfeld extravaganza "Glorifying the American Girl".

Director: Millard Webb | Stars: Mary Eaton, Eddie Cantor, Helen Morgan, Rudy Vallee

Votes: 636

12. Syncopation (1929)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

This is RKO's first sound musical. It centers on a pair of vaudevillians who are quite close on and off the stage until a dashing millionaire comes around and begins wooing the female partner.

Director: Bert Glennon | Stars: Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians, Morton Downey, Barbara Bennett, Ian Hunter

Votes: 56

13. Broadway Babies (1929)

Unrated | 86 min | Drama, Musical

A Chorus girl who is in love with her stage manager is led to believe that he is in love with another young woman, so, she agrees to marry a bootlegger instead.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Alice White, Marion Byron, Sally Eilers, Charles Delaney

Votes: 158

14. Innocents of Paris (1929)

78 min | Musical, Romance

Maurice, a humble Parisian junk dealer who sells some of his wares at the Flea market, saves a boy from drowning. The boy's aunt Louise is grateful and wins Maurice's affections, but the ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Sylvia Beecher, Russell Simpson, George Fawcett

Votes: 28

15. The Desert Song (1929)

123 min | Musical

The Desert Song is a 1929 American Pre-Code operetta film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring John Boles, Louise Fazenda, and Myrna Loy.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: John Boles, Carlotta King, Louise Fazenda, Johnny Arthur

Votes: 85

16. Broadway (1929)

Passed | 104 min | Crime, Music, Romance

A naive young dancer in a Broadway show innocently gets involved in backstage bootlegging and murder.

Director: Pál Fejös | Stars: Glenn Tryon, Evelyn Brent, Merna Kennedy, Thomas E. Jackson

Votes: 352

18. Jazz Heaven (1929)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A Southern songwriter brings his piano to New York and meets a girl who works on Tin Pan Alley

Director: Melville W. Brown | Stars: Sally O'Neil, Johnny Mack Brown, Clyde Cook, Joseph Cawthorn

Votes: 97

19. The Singing Fool (1928)

105 min | Drama, Musical

A singing waiter and composer (Al Jolson) loves two women (Betty Bronson, Josephine Dunn), conquers Broadway and holds his dying son, singing "Sonny Boy."

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Al Jolson, Betty Bronson, Josephine Dunn, Arthur Housman

Votes: 211 | Gross: $10.90M

20. Sweetie (1929)

Passed | 95 min | Music, Romance, Sport

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Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Nancy Carroll, Helen Kane, Stanley Smith, Jack Oakie

Votes: 64

21. Pointed Heels (1929)

Passed | 61 min | Comedy, Musical

Big-name musical performers experience everyday problems and disappointments during their offstage hours.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: William Powell, Helen Kane, Fay Wray, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher

Votes: 102

22. Tanned Legs (1929)

Passed | 71 min | Comedy, Musical

Peggy and Bill are high society lovebirds, but their marriage plans are put on hold while Peggy spends most of her summer straightening out her wayward parents and her unlucky-in-love ... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Neilan | Stars: Arthur Lake, June Clyde, Dorothy Revier, Ann Pennington

Votes: 142

23. Melody of the Heart (1929)

88 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A young maid from the country looses her job as maid in k.u.k. Budapest, when she stays out too long with her beau, a soldier, who's saving money to buy a horse to open a transport company.... See full summary »

Director: Hanns Schwarz | Stars: Dita Parlo, Willy Fritsch, Gerö Mály, Marcsa Simon

Votes: 15

24. The Dance of Life (1929)

115 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A vaudeville comic and a pretty young dancer aren't having much luck in their separate careers, so they decide to combine their acts and in order to save money on the road, they get married.

Directors: John Cromwell, A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Hal Skelly, Nancy Carroll, Dorothy Revier, Ralph Theodore

Votes: 269

25. Sunny Side Up (1929)

Passed | 121 min | Comedy, Musical

Molly and Bee, sweet young 'working girls,' live in a cheap room over a New York grocery store. Molly's idol, wealthy Jack Cromwell, lives in a Long Island mansion but is markedly less ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Marjorie White, El Brendel

Votes: 366



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