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Musicals & Westerns


Movies are checked out for one week - unlike music and books.

January list by Nanette Alderman
American Film Institute's Greatest Movie Musicals
Singin' in the Rain
1. Singin' in the Rain
Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, and Rita Moreno, 1952, rated g

Silent movies are giving way to talking pictures, and a hoofer-turned-matinee idol is caught in that bumpy transition, as are his buddy, prospective ladylove, and shrewish costar.

West Side Story
2. West Side StoryGeorge Chakiris, Rita Moreno, Richard Beymer, and Natalie Wood, 1961,
not rated

The greatest love story ever the most acclaimed musical of all time. Experience every sensational song, dazzling dance number, and magical movie moment. This electrifying musical sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in 1950s New York. 

The Wizard of Oz
3. The Wizard of OzFrank Morgan, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton, and Judy Garland, 1939, rated g

The story of Dorothy, a young girl whisked away in a tornado to the magical land of Oz where she encounters many special characters like the Lion, the Tinman, the Scarecrow, and the Wicked Witch of the West.

The Sound of Music
4. The Sound of MusicJulie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, and Peggy Wood, 1965, rated g

An aspiring nun in pre-WWII Austria leaves the abbey to become a governess for the widower Captain von Trapp's seven children and finds herself falling in love.

5. CabaretJoel Grey, Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, and Marisa Berenson, 1972, rated pg

With Hitler rising to power and anti-Semitism growing, the Cabaret is the only place to hide.

Mary Poppins
6. Mary PoppinsDick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews, 1964, rated g

Magical nanny Mary Poppins flies into the life of a proper banker and his two children, who learn from her just how fun life can be.

A Star is Born
7. A Star is BornJames Mason and Judy Garland, 1954, rated pg

As a band singer is discovered and guided to heights of show-business success by an alcoholic ex-matinee idol, she performs one superb song after another in a production that exhilarates with its craft and style even as its story moves toward a heartbreaking finale.

My Fair Lady
8. My Fair LadyRex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn, 1964, rated g

A man makes a bet to turn a rough girl into a lady.

The Kid from Texas
9. An American in ParisGene Kelly and Leslie Caron, 1951, not rated

An ex-G.I. stays in Paris after the war to study painting, supported by a rich American. The young soldier falls in love, but unfortunately, she is engaged to an older man.

Meet Me in St. Louis
10. Meet Me in St. LouisJudy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Marjorie Main, Mary Astor, Tom Drake, June Lockhart, and Chill Wills, 1944, not rated

The setting is St. Louis, the opening days of the 1903 World's Fair. A well-to-do family find out the father is being transfered to New York just as the family girls are falling in love and looking forward to the fair.