50 Fantastic Musicals (DOWSE guide to the movies)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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by Tony Lee editor of Pigasus Press

50 Fantastic Musicals

compiled by Tony Lee

It could be argued that by definition all musicals are wholly fantastic because, as a rule, people don't normally break into song while walking down the street, or whatever, and even if they did it's doubtful that bystanders would join in the chorus and form a spontaneous dance troupe.
However, for the purposes of this list, let's assume that a truly fantastic musical is one which has a certain fantasy element, apart from its soundtrack. Hollywood's first feature-length talkie was a musical of sorts, and although the form hit its peak during the 1940s and early 1950s, musicals have endured the vagaries of film fashion longer than any other movie genre. I cannot vouch for the quality of all these films (some are pretty dire!), so proceed with caution even if you're a diehard fan.

The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai - Across The Eight Dimension (1985)
All That Jazz (1979)
Amadeus (1984)
Babes In Toyland (1934)
Beetlejuice (1988)
Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Breaking Glass (1980)
Camelot (1967)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Cinderfella (1960)
A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court (1947)
Damn Yankees (1958)
Down To Earth (1947)
Dr Dolittle (1967)
Earthgirls Are Easy (1989)
Feel The Motion (1985)
Finian's Rainbow (1968)
Grandview USA (1984)
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
Hearts Of Fire (1987)
High Anxiety (1977)
The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies (1964)
Labyrinth (1986)
The Little Prince (1974)
Little Shop Of Horrors (1987)
The Monster Club (1980)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
One From The Heart (1982)
Phantom Of The Paradise (1974)
The Pied Piper (1971)
Pink Floyd - The Wall (1982)
Popeye (1980)
The Producers (1968)
Return Of Captain Invincible (1982)
Rockula (1989)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Scrooge (1970)
Streets Of Fire (1984)
Tommy (1975)
Toomorrow (1970)
True Stories (1987)
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971)
The Wiz (1978)
The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Xanadu (1980)
Young Einstein (1989)
Young Frankenstein (1974)

(condensed from an article published in Strange Adventures 27, April 1991)

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