Rare Musicals on TCM – July 2014

A slow start to the month, musical-wise, so I took the long weekend off from updates! But there’s some rare stuff coming up that may be of interest to die-hard musical fans, featuring some big stars in minor works that are a bit difficult to track down normally.

rosemarie-macdonaldMonday July 7
12:15am / Rose Marie (1936)

Canadian love story featuring Jeanette MacDonald as an undercover opera singer and Nelson Eddy as a Mountie—falling in love while both trying to find her fugitive brother (Jimmy Stewart) first. Featured in That’s Entertainment, my review here.

2:15am / The Desert Song (1953)

Moroccan-set musical with Gordon MacRae as the leader of a group of fighters rising against French colonial rule, with Kathryn Grasyon.

4:15am / Lady Be Good (1941)

Married songwriters played by Ann Sothern and Robert Young test the limits of their marriage while putting on a show, with Eleanor Powell along for good measure.

Tuesday July 8
11:15pm / Do You Love Me? (1946)

Maureen O’Hara as a college dean being romanced by swing bandleader played by Dick Haymes.

Sunday July 13
6:00am / Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

Robert Alda as the man himself in a fictionalized biopic of composer George Gershwin, featuring cameos from Gershwin’s real-life friends like Oscar Levant.

Wednesday July 16
2:00am / Yolanda and the Thief (1945)

Fred Astaire as a con-man posing as a wealthy, religious girl’s guardian angel.


Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson are just "Two Guys from Texas"
Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson are just “Two Guys from Texas”

Tuesday July 22
8:30am / Two Guys from Texas (1948)

Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson as vaudevillians on the run, posing as Texan cowboys. Animated sequence spoofs the two comics alongside Bugs Bunny.

Wednesday July 23
10:30am / Naughty But Nice (1939)

Uptight professor Dick Powell accidentally writes a pop hit, while falling for his lyricist, Ann Sheridan.

2:00pm / Lady Be Good (1941)

In case you missed it earlier this month, Lady Be Good airs again.

6:00pm / Three Daring Daughters (1948)

Three sisters (Jane Powell, Mary Eleanor Donahue, and Ann E. Todd) conspire to make sure their widowed mother (Jeannette MacDonald) married the right man.

Who's that handsome Cossack? Found out in "The Chocolate Soldier."
Who’s that handsome Cossack? Find out in “The Chocolate Soldier.”

Monday July 28
4:00pm / Bright Lights (1935)

Busby Berkeley-directed flick about a husband-and-wife vaudeville team (Joe E. Brown and Ann Dvorak) torn apart by success.

Tuesday July 29
2:45pm / Children of Pleasure (1930)

Musical comedy about a love affair between a songwriter and a high society girl, reportedly based on an experience of Irving Berlin’s.

Wednesday July 30
10:00am / The Chocolate Soldier (1941)

Nelson Eddy tests his opera singer wife (Risë Stevens)’s fidelity by posing as another man and attempting to woo her.

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