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View Are We Down-hearted?
Are We Down-hearted?
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Are We Down-hearted? 1911

Cecil Hepworth’s Vivaphone film features Hay Plumb singing George Robins’ optimistic 1906 ditty.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Armistice 1929

Take your seat for an Armistice concert by military bands playing a medley of songs commonly sung during WWI.

15 mins United Kingdom

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Babymother 1998 15

Neeta and her crew rise to dancehall fame in North West London's Caribbean community, in the first Black British musical.

81 mins United Kingdom Director. Julian Henriques

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Beat Girl
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Beat Girl 1960 12

A cult classic British film about late-fifties youth-rebellion set against an intoxicating Beatnik backdrop.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Edmond T. Gréville

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Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire

Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire 1985 PG

Alan Clarke’s once derided feature is surely the only vampire snooker musical in cinema history and a genuine cult artefact ripe for rediscovery.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan Clarke

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Bob in the Pound
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Bob in the Pound 1943

Fun-filled singalong savings ad with a dangerously catchy theme tune.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Bride & Prejudice
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Bride & Prejudice 2004 12

Gurinder Chadha’s Bollywood retelling of Austen’s classic romance is an all-round joy, adding colour and song to Austen’s evergreen wit.

122 mins United Kingdom Director. Gurinder Chadha

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Britannia of Billingsgate
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Britannia of Billingsgate 1933

A star is born in this effervescent musical comedy that moves between Billingsgate Fish Market and the glamour of the film world.

80 mins United Kingdom

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Cabaret 1945

Set during rehearsals for a cabaret show, this short film features singer Rosalind Melville.

34 mins United Kingdom Director. Frankland A. Richardson

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Chi-Raq 2015 15

Spike Lee’s bold and vivacious hip-hop musical restages an ancient Greek battle-of-the-sexes in 21st-century Chicago.

127 mins USA Director. Spike Lee

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Devil's Rock
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Devil's Rock 1938

Will new open-air microphone technology give Richard Hayward the chance to silence his critics? Watch as Cushendun and Bangor steal the show.

50 mins United Kingdom

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Discoveries 1939

This morale-boosting variety extravaganza – filled with radio personality Carroll Levis' discoveries - is like a wartime Britain's Got Talent.

68 mins United Kingdom

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Expresso Bongo
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Expresso Bongo 1959 12

Val Guest's 1959 London-shot Brit Beat classic charts the fortunes of aspiring musician Bert Rudge (Cliff Richard)

United Kingdom Director. Val Guest

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First a Girl
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First a Girl 1935 U

Sparkling musical comedy about a shop girl who pretends to be a boy in order to perform on stage as a female impersonator.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Victor Saville

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Five Guineas a Week
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Five Guineas a Week 1956

1950s song and dance revue set in a colourful world of boarding houses and coffee bars

33 mins United Kingdom Director. Jacques de Lane Lea

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The Flame of Love
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The Flame of Love 1930 U

Chinese-American star Anna May Wong dazzles as a Chinese dancer forced to give herself to a Russian General in order to save her brother.

74 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Eichberg, Walter Summers

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Gorno's Italian Marionettes
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Gorno's Italian Marionettes 1928

Early sound film of a popular stage puppet show that reveals the unpleasant stereotypes of its age.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Jack Harrison

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Happy in the Morning: A Film Fantasy
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Happy in the Morning: A Film Fantasy 1938

Musical performers Henry Hall and his Orchestra hog the limelight in this promotional film, ostensibly for Ascot gas water heaters.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Alberto Cavalcanti

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A Hard Day's Night
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A Hard Day's Night 1964 U

The Beatles’ freewheeling film debut remains the pinnacle of rock-n-roll cinema; still deliriously entertaining 50 years on.

87 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Lester

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Hot Water and Vegetabuel
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Hot Water and Vegetabuel 1928

"Don't be cruel to a vegetabuel": delightful pair of music hall numbers from the eccentric writer of Jollity Farm.

8 mins United Kingdom

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I've Gotta Horse
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I've Gotta Horse 1965 U

Great British rock and roller Billy Fury buys himself a racehorse in this colourful musical for all the family.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Kenneth Hume

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Jugni 2016

Exuberant Hindi romance about a composer searching for a golden voice, who unexpectedly falls for a vibrant younger performer.

115 mins India Director. Shefali Bhushan

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Kentucky Minstrels
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Kentucky Minstrels 1934

Rarely-seen 1930s British musical about two African American travelling minstrels in search of entertainment work.

84 mins United Kingdom Director. John Baxter

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La La Land
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La La Land 2016 12

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone channel old-school Hollywood glamour in this bright and playful romantic musical from director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash).

128 mins USA Director. Damien Chazelle

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Let's Go Crazy

Let's Go Crazy 1951 U

Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan shine in a series of sketches and multiple roles, in this madcap mixture of music-hall and anarchic comedy.

33 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan J. Cullimore

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London Road
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London Road 2014 15

Daring, startling and wholly original: a musical based on the infamous Ipswich murders of 2006, adapted by National Theatre director Rufus Norris.

99 mins United Kingdom Director. Rufus Norris

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The London Story
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The London Story 1986 U

Sally Potter's lively dance film about spies and government intrigue.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Sally Potter

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Love Me Tonight
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Love Me Tonight 1932

Rouben Mamoulian’s highly inventive romantic comedy set new standards for the use of music in film. And it’s still an utterly charming romantic delight.

104 mins USA Director. Rouben Mamoulian

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The Moon over the Alley

The Moon over the Alley 1975 15

The Moon Over the Alley is a bizarre and compelling musical exploring the problems of multicultural Notting Hill residents in the early 1970s.

102 mins United Kingdom Director. Joseph Despins

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Romeo E Giulietta
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Romeo E Giulietta 1927

Musical short featuring a duet from the Gounod opera

6 mins United Kingdom

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Shooting Stars
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Shooting Stars 1937

Black music hall stars Scott and Whaley perform stereotypical minstrel routines in blackface in this 1937 touring revue.

69 mins United Kingdom

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Sing Street
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Sing Street 2015 12

The third in John Carney’s trilogy of musical films is the utterly charming story a boy who escapes his troubles through fronting a pop band.

106 mins Ireland Director. John Carney

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Song of Freedom
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Song of Freedom 1936

A black London docker becomes a famous opera singer in this stirring musical drama starring Paul Robeson

80 mins United Kingdom Director. J. Elder Wills

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Song of the Builder
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Song of the Builder 1936

A mystery musical short - gorgeous footage of steelworkers with a lively calypso soundtrack

2 mins United Kingdom

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Song of Toledo
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Song of Toledo 1953

This merrily musical short film takes a jovial trip across picturesque 1950s Spain aboard the Talgo Express

32 mins United Kingdom Director. Ted Leversuch

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Splinters 1930

Great songs and great legs in this all-male revue make for an evocative early talkie.

84 mins United Kingdom Director. Jack Raymond

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Streetdance 2010 PG

A streetdance crew are forced to take in some ballet dancers in order to compete at their UK finals. With performances by Diversity and Flawless.

98 mins United Kingdom

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Swingonometry 1943

Short revue film starring female performers Renara, Irene Cutter and Shirley Lenner, plus Harry Parry and his Band.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Horace Shepherd

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There's Reason in Rhumba
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There's Reason in Rhumba 1939

Rhythm and romanticism rules over realism in this recreation of the origins of the rhumba dance

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Herbert R. Parsons

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The Rise and Fall of Nellie Brown 1964

An incredibly joyous TV musical about a young woman's search for her long-lost cousin.

71 mins United Kingdom Director. John Jacobs

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The Wiz
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The Wiz 1978 U

NYC becomes Oz in the cult, urban reimagining of the family favourite, featuring an all-African American cast including Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.

127 mins USA Director. Sidney Lumet

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Twinkling Fingers
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Twinkling Fingers 1940

Pianists Charlie Kunz and Mark Hambourg tickle the ivories for our entertainment in this jolly musical short.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Denis Kavanagh

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