The Golden Age of Musicals



Are you a fan of musicals? I’m referring to movies, not stage productions.

Ever since I was a young girl (back in the Stone Age – ha ha), I have enjoyed musicals. Sadly, they don’t make musicals like they used to. Today’s musical movies (Pitch Perfect, Strange Magic, Jem and the Holograms...) can’t compare to classics like Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Grease, Yankee Doodle Dandy and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I do give credit to Into the Woods. That is a recent musical movie that was pretty good.

As a young girl I had so many favorites – Music Man, Dr. Doolittle, Hello Dolly, Singing in the Rain, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, Gigi… the list goes on and on. I love the major productions they would put on in the films including entire streets filled with people singing and dancing. Even the songs were fun and catchy. I often find myself singing a song from a classic musical (I just don’t sing and dance – ha ha).

There are a plethora of musicals from years gone by that I have never even heard of before.

Available today on DVD is a collection of delightful musicals from the golden age of movie musicals. The collection is from Film Chest and it’s called The Golden Age of Musicals. The collection contains a whopping 17 classic musicals featuring famous actors like Danny Kaye, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, James Cagney, Jimmy Stewart and many, many more.

The collection comes on five discs so you can find the exact movie you want to watch quickly and easily.

Here is a breakdown of the titles with a brief synopsis for each.

Something to Sing About (1937), James Cagney stars as a New York City-based band leader who gets offered a Hollywood contract, but doesn’t find a place to his liking.   Evelyn Daw co-stars in this rare non-Warner Bros. film (one of two he did for the short-lived Grand National Pictures) where Cagney gets to sing and dance (a non-gangster role) … included are “Bridal Chorus” (a dance routine with Cagney and Daw), “Any Old Love” (song by Cagney) and Daw sings while Cagney dances in “Out of the Blue” and “Loving You.”

The Duke is Tops (1938) is a black musical starring Duke Davis and Lena Horne from Million Dollar Productions (specialized in casting black talent during the pre-war period) as sweethearts who go their separate ways (doom and gloom), but it all ends on a happy note.   Lena Horne is showcased in two numbers — “I Know You Remember” and “Don’t Let Our Love Song Turn Into a Blues” — plus there are performances by a half-dozen black groups rarely seen by white audiences during this period.

Second Chorus (1940) teams Fred Astaire with Paulette Goddard, with Astaire who has to make a tough decision – college or the girl of his dreams … it’s a tough decision! Over a dozen song and dance numbers are included here.

Pot O’Gold (1941) stars Jimmy Stewart and Paulette Goddard in a fun-filled Irish-themed musical-romantic-comedy (based on a popular radio show of the time) that features Stewart belting out “When Johnny Toots His Horn” and Goddard teaming with Horace Heidt & His Musical Knights for renditions of “Pete the Piper” and “Broadway Caballero.”

All American Co-ed (1941), starring singer Frances Langford as a college girl who gets caught up in a rival college prank delivered by Johnny Downs and still manages to get in — between the romance and comedy hijinks — such songs as “Out of the Silence,” and “Up at the Crack of Dawn” and teams with Downs for “I’m a Chap with a Chip on My Shoulder” and “The Poor Farmers Daughter.”

Private Buckaroo (1942), the Andrew Sisters and Harry James and His Orchestra shine with such delights as “Private Buckaroo,” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” and “Three Little Sisters,” plus Donald O’Connor and Peggy Ryan deliver dancing routines.   And be on the lookout for Three Stooge alumni Shemp Howard and East Side Kid star Huntz Hall in this all-star musical comedy.

Stage Door Canteen (1943), this all-star musical review from World War II has a loose plot about a soldier named Dakota (played by William Terry), who visits a “club” for service men — that is populated by celebrities (dozens of familiar faces do cameos) — and falls in love (Cheryl Walker).   There are something like 18 musical numbers performed during Dakota’s visit … included are “A Rookie and His Rhythm” (performed by the Kay Kyser Band), “She’s a Bombshell from Brooklyn” (performed by Lina Roman, with backing from The Xavier Cugat Orchestra) and Ethel Waters delivers “Quick Sands” (with backing by the Count Basie Orchestra).

This is the Army (1943) is a filmed version of Irving Berlin’s extremely successful Broadway Play — Berlin provides something like 19 tunes for this all star musical comedy starring George Murphy, Rosemary DeCamp, Ronald Reagan and Joan Leslie.   Included in the review are Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America,” George Murphy singing and dancing with “We’re on Our Way to France” and “My Sweetie,” Frances Langford chimes in with “What Does He Look Like” and even Irving Berlin gets in the act with “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning” (he is joined by George Murphy, George Tobias and Charles Butterworth).

Career Girl (1944), songstress Frances Langford returns, this time as a young woman trying to break into show business … she sings four songs during the course of this swiftly-paced film: “A Dream Came True,” “Blue in Love Again,” “Some Day” and “That’s How the Rumba Began.”

People are Funny (1946) features Jack Haley and Ozzie Nelson as radio rivals (the film’s title is based on the Art Linkletter radio show of the same name), Helen Walker is Nelson’s love interest and Rudy Vallee is the clueless sponsor that Haley and Nelson are after.   Blended in with the hyper comedy elements are “time outs” for musical numbers, including Frances Langford’s singing “I’m in the Mood for Love” and The Vagabonds teaming for a trio of numbers.

Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) is the big all-star musical of the Christmas-season of 1946 which was laced together as a biopic for the career of Jerome Kern, but was really a showcase for the talents of June Allyson (“Till the Clouds Roll By” and “Leave it to Jane” with Ray McDonald), Judy Garland (“Look for the Silver Lining,” “Who?” and “Sunny”), Dinah Shore (“The Last Time I Saw Paris”), Lena Horne (“Why was I Born?”), Frank Sinatra (“Ol’ Man River”) and more.

The Fabulous Dorseys (1947) stars Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey as themselves in this United Artists theatrical biopic directed by Alfred E. Green (who did The Jolson Story the year before).   This is a delightful trip down “memory lane,” which is more or less an excuse to showcase over a dozen musical numbers, including two sung by Janet Blair — “To Me” and “The Object of My Affection.”

Inspector General (1949), Danny Kaye is a traveling performer in a “medicine show” who sings a half-dozen songs, romances Barbara Bates and is mistaken for the Inspector General by corrupt town officials in this Golden Globe-winner for Best Musical Score.   Co-stars include Walter Slezak, Gene Lockhart, Alan Hale and Elsa Lanchester.

At War with the Army (1950), a post-war comedy vehicle for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis … between comedy bits involving life in boot camp Dean Martin gets to croon with Polly Bergen with “You and Your Beautiful Eyes” and goes solo with “Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral.”

Royal Wedding (1951), directed by Stanley Donen and starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell … who could ask for more!   Included in the dance routines is Astaire’s classic dancing on the walls and ceiling of his hotel room (done with a rotating gimbal) in “You’re All the World to Me” and “Open Your Eyes,” which features Astaire and Powell in a dance routine on board ship during heavy waves (it’s a hoot).

Road to Bali (1952) finds Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamore in their sixth “Road” movie (which never left California if the truth be known) … a half dozen musical number spark this fun comedy, with Crosby going solo on “To See You” and duets with his sidekick Bob Hope for “Chicago Style,” “Hoot Mon” and “The Whiffenpoof Song.”

The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957) is a made-for-television musical special that aired during Thanksgiving on NBC.  Van Johnson stars as the title character, Lori Nelson is the romantic lead and Claude Rains is the Mayor of Hamelin, with Doodles Weaver and Kay Starr joining in.  There are a dozen musical numbers included in the festivities — “How Can I Tell You?,” “Feats of the Piper,” “Fool’s Gold” and “My Heart Will Fly To Heaven” are counted among these.

I was sent this collection to review. I’ve only heard of a few titles before (but never saw them) – The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Road to Bali and The Fabulous Dorseys. 

I’ve started this collection and I’m half way through the second disc. Since I have never seen any of these movies before I figured I would start from disc one – movie #1.

So far I am really enjoying these films. My husband is not a fan of musicals, so I have been popping in the DVDs in the afternoon.

These are fun to watch. As I mentioned earlier, they really want all out to put on these musicals back in the day.

Some movie are silly and a bit over the top, but that is what makes them fun and entertaining to watch.

I’ve even heard some songs that I recognize, but never knew where they came from.

If you are interested in learning more visit the FilmChestMediaGroup.com website. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Hulu (links are found at the bottom of their website. I do believe this DVD will be available on Amazon, as well as other places where DVDs are sold.

Are you a fan of musical films? Which is your favorite?

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*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Now available on Blu-ray/DVD/VOD – Sing Street (giveaway ends 8/12/16)



The weather outside is “frightful,” and I don’t mean cold. It’s way too hot to be outside. Here in NY we’ve been having a heat wave. The heat and humidity is horrific, which no relief in sight. I cannot wait for the fall weather to arrive. Summer is my least favorite season.

If you are like me, you are probably looking for ways to entertain yourself indoors where the air conditioner can keep you cool and comfortable. One of my favorite indoor activities is watching movies, both at the theater and at home.

There is a new film available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD (Video on Demand) you might be interested in. It’s called Sing Street.

Sing Street is a feel-good, coming of age story written and directed by John Carney (Once, Begin Again) featuring the ultimate soundtrack of the 80’s.


Sing Street takes us back to 1980’s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher.

He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band… yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos

Inspired by writer/director John Carney’s (Once, Begin Again) life and love for music, Sing Street shows us a world where music has the power to take us away from the turmoil of everyday life and transform us into something greater.

The film is rated PG-13.

Check out the film’s trailer.


I am a child of the 80’s. I graduated high school in 1986. I remember all too well the music, the hair, the fashion. Seeing the film’s trailer brought me back to a more simpler time. The 80’s were pretty wild with the big hair, neon clothing and weird music – but it was also a fun time. If anything stands out the most about that decade it’s the music.

Check out the songs featured in the movie’s soundtrack.

Sing Street Soundtrack

I’ve had the song “Pop Muzik” stuck in my mind ever since I read that title on the soundtrack list.

Radio, video
Boogie with a suitcase
Your livin’ in a disco
Forget about the rat race
Let’s do the milkshake, sellin’ like a hotcake
Try some buy some fee-fi-fo-fum

This looks like a fun, coming of age film. I’m looking forward to seeing myself.

If you would like to learn more about the film you can “like” the film on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter and Instagram.

You can find out where you can purchase your copy of Sing Street on Go Watch It!


I have a copy of the film I can give to a lucky winner, as well as a $25 iTunes gift card that the winner could use to purchase the official Sing Street movie sound track. The prizing courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 12, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package – or – what was your favorite song/band of the 80’s?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t quality.

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*I will be receiving the same prize package from Anchor Bay Entertainment for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Check out Justin Timberlake’s new song/video for the upcoming Trolls movie (it’s fun!)


Cant Stop this feeling

Coming to theaters on November 4, 2016 is the animated film Trolls, based on those funky looking trolls with the big head of hair that were popular back in the day.

The film stars the voice talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Quvenzhané Wallis, with John Cleese and Gwen Stefani.

From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny and irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks’ Trolls.  This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach.

DreamWorks’ Trolls is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures.  This autumn, nothing can prepare you for our new Troll world.

The film features original music by Justin Timberlake. In fact, a brand new video has been released for the film’s song Can’t Stop the Feeling. I have posted the video below. You can also find the song on iTunes and Spotify.

I should forewarn you – the song is catchy and it will probably get stuck in your head for the rest of the day. LOL!

For more information about the film you can visit it’s official website, DreamWorks.com/Trolls. You can also find the film on social medial – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. The official hashtag is #DreamWorksTrolls.



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers.


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PEANUTS Greatest Hits special edition, collectible picture disc! (Giveaway ends 4/16/16)


Record player

My family and I are huge fans of the PEANUTS gang – Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Woodstock, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Sally, Pig Pen… we love them all.

Have you seen the PEANUTS movie that was in theaters not too long ago (and is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD)? If you haven’t seen it yet, you should. It’s adorable! You can read my review here – The PEANUTS movie is coming to Blu-ray and DVD. Please note the giveaway in that post is over.

We never miss any of the holiday PEANUTS specials either. If we don’t catch them on TV we make it a point to watch the copies that we have. Just recently we enjoyed It’s the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown on a DVD that we own.

We enjoy their specials so much that we own their greatest hits on CD. We especially love “Christmas Time is Here,” “Linus and Lucy,” and “Little Birdie.”

Now PEANUTS Greatest Hits is available on a special edition, collectible picture disc. It’s an actual LP (long playing) record – the kind we used to enjoy back in the 70’s.


I can’t believe that LP records are coming back. I spend many hours with my record player enjoying LP’s and 45’s when I was a young girl. My brother even still owns the record player my parents had which is a huge piece of furniture. The record player is on one side and the albums are stored on the other side.

My teenage daughter said she wants to get a record player some day and start collecting albums. It’s funny that something so old is new again.

I never thought we’d never see LP’s again now that you can download your music digitally. And to think I threw most of mine out, except some Disney 45’s that are buried somewhere in the basement.

The special edition PEANUTS LP features Charlie Brown’s face on Side A, and Lucy’s face on Side B.

Check it out in action in this brief video (I want that record player! LOL!).


This new compilation (also available digitally and on CD) features 12 of the most memorable recordings from the beloved animated PEANUTS television specials, all with the sophisticated, yet accessible jazz stylings of the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

PEANUTS Greatest Hits includes such favorites as the instantly recognizable “Linus and Lucy,” the “Charlie Brown Theme” from A Boy Named Charlie Brown, the festive “Christmas Is Coming” from A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as the humorous “Little Birdie,”  which features vocals by Vince Guaraldi himself!

I was sent one to review. I don’t have a record player (yet?) to actually play it, but I am going to display it as a collectible. It’s just to cute to hide away.

If you are interested in ordering your own copy you can purchase it here – http://smarturl.it/PGHFaceLP. The link takes you to Amazon (it’s not an affiliate link). The LP sells for $23.99. The audio CD and digital download are also available. If you are a Prime member the LP ships for free.

I also have a copy of the PEANUTS Greatest Hits special edition, collectible picture disc LP to giveaway to a lucky reader.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 16, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

This is ONE album - the images appear on either side.

This is ONE album – the images appear on either side.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me who is your favorite PEANUTS character, favorite special OR favorite PEANUTS song?

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*I received a free copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Jam Jars – a unique way to enjoy your “tunes”


Mason Jars

Mason Jars… they have so many uses. Not only do people use them to can foods, but they are also used as drinking glasses, vases, as storage and in amazing craft projects.

I have a few Mason Jars left over from when I tried making my own jams and jellies. I use them for a variety of things, but mostly for storage.

I love visiting Pinterest (Pinterest is my “happy place,” LOL). If you do a search for “Mason Jars” on you’ll be amazed at how many things come up. It never fails, after I look up a few ideas for Mason Jars I am always inspired to want to do something creative with the ones that I have.

A new use for Mason Jars, one I would have never thought of, is to listen to your favorite music.

How can you listen to music from a Mason Jar?

Matt Gira, a college student, found a unique purpose for Mason Jars – speakers!

Jam Jar

Using a bit of technology, Matt has been able to turn a regular Mason Jar into a speaker. The Mason Jar serves as a vessel to amplify the music. I have heard of people doing something similar with cardboard boxes. A Mason Jar is much more decorative, and when not in use you would never know it’s a speaker.

I was sent a Jam Jar to review. I received one that was colored a bright and cheery yellow color. The Jam Jar also came with the power source and plugs needed to turn it from a decoration to a speaker.

To use the jar as a speaker you simply connect them to your iPod, iPhone or other device through a 3 foot auxiliary cord, the same way you would connect your music device to headphones. You also have to make sure that the Jam Jar is connected to a standard electrical outlet to boost their sound. A power cord is included.


You don’t need to be a “rocket scientist” to set this up. I was “jamming” to my favorite tunes in little over a minute. I just needed to plug the Jam Jar into my iPhone (via the earphone plug outlet on the phone) and plug the jar into the outlet.

Initially there was a little crackling sound, but after a few moments it disappeared.

The Jam Jar amplifies music nicely. You can make it very loud (I don’t out of consideration for my neighbors). It works just as well as any other external speaker I have used.

Jam Jar Etsy

As far as a speaker is concerned – Jam Jar delivers. It’s a very nice speaker. I use it when I am cooking and/or cleaning. I find that listening to music helps make them seem like like a “chore.”

I also like that the Jam Jar serves as a decoration too, when not in use. When it’s unplugged from the outlet and your device it’s just a regular, colorful, Mason Jar.

It’s a fun conversation piece too.

Jam Jar would make a fun gift, especially for someone who loves crafty things, decorating with Mason Jars or anyone who could use an external speaker to listen to their favorite tunes. It’s a fun way to listen to your favorite holiday music.

Honestly, the only “downside” I can come up with is that the electrical outlet plug is very big and heavy. And that is not really a big deal if you ask me.

If you would like to learn more about Jam Jar visit their Etsy shop – Etsy.com/Shop/LioProducts.

I also like that Jam Jar was created by a college student. I am all for supporting small businesses, especially a college student.

Jam Jar Logo


*I recieved a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Holiday Music Giveaway! (ends 12/15/15)



For me and my family the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without listening to holiday music. We listen to it in the car and when we are at home.

I have some personal favorites including It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Andy Williams), White Christmas (Bing Crosby), The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole) and It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (Johnny Mathis) to name a FEW (I have A LOT of favorites).

There are some current/modern versions of the classics that I like (Josh Groban can sing ANYTHING and it would be beautiful), but I mostly like the classics sung by Dean Martin, Julie Garland, Bing Crosby and so forth.

Are you familiar with Spotify? My kids cannot go a day without listening to their music on Spotify (they both have memberships). If you are looking for some great holiday tunes you should check out the holiday playlist on Spotify from UMe (Universal Music Enterprises). Their playlist includes Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder and more.

Check out their playlist (below).


I love it! I could listen to this all day.

Simply click on the song you want to listen. You can listen directly from this blog post. Or better yet listen to UMe’s playlist directly from Spotify. You do not need a membership to enjoy Spotify (membership allows you to skip songs and ads – you can still enjoy Spotify for free).

In addition to this wonderful playlist, UMe also has a fun interactive site that allows YOU to create your own holiday playlist and decorate a Christmas tree with your music (you have to see it to understand what I am talking about). Check it out here – ChristmasClassics.UniversalMusicEnterprises.com. There are many talented artists to choose from (Stevie Wonder, Brenda Lee, John Lennon, The Carpenters, James Taylor, Neil Diamond…) as well as classic songs like Baby It’s Cold Outside, The Christmas Song and The First Noel, to name a few.

Plus! If you share your holiday music tree on social media you’ll be entered for a chance to win Bose Prize Bundle.


This is fun. You should try it.

If you would like to learn ore about Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) visit www.UniversalMusicEnterprises.com.

UMe has generously offered to give a lucky reader the following holiday music CDs to enjoy this holiday season (and for many years to come). Thank you UMe!

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  • Rod Stewart
  • Andre Rieu
  • Beach Boys
  • The Supremes Christmas Collection
  • Neil Diamond – Classic Christmas
  • James Taylor At Christmas

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 15, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what is your all time favorite Christmas song and who sings if (if you happen to know)?

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*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. UMe will be providing the prize package. 

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