"42nd Street" (1933)

Bebe Daniels sings "You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me" in one of the big numbers by Harry Warren and Al Dubin. It was directed by Busby Berkley. Bebe Daniels later went on to star in a BBC Radio comedy of the early 1950s called "Life With The Lyons". Note the very high waist trousers of the chorus boys. I often wonder what careers these chorus boys went on to as there is no information that I can find.

"Aunt Sally" (1933)

Cicely Courtneidge performs the Apache Dance in her night club spot in the film. She was one of the top British stars of the 1930s and 40s with a long career in the theatre right through to the 1960s.

"The Camels Are Coming" (1934)

A very British rendition of the song "Who's Been Polishing Up The Sun" by popular song and dance star of the 1930s and 40, Jack Hulbert. Music and lyrics by Noel Gay. Jack Hulbert was married to Cicely Courtneidge and they starred in films together as well as on the stage. They toured in theatre productions right up to the 1960s.

"Swing Time" (1936)

Fred Astaire sings "The Way You Look Tonight" while Ginger Rogers finishes her bath. A gentle melody sung with perfect dictation and a light manner, by debonair Fred Astaire. Music and lyrics by Jerome Kern in one of the highly successful Astaire and Rogers films from the RKO studio.

"Stormy Weather" (1940)

The Nicholas Brothers perform their incredible acrobatic dance sequence with musical backing by Cab Calloway. There cannot be any other dance sequence that is better than this any time.

"Good News" (1947)

A very energetic song and dance sequence from the third remake of "Good News" in 1947. Performed by Joan McCracken and Ray McDonald. This is a collegiate musical based around the 1920s, hence the style of dress - particularly the boys.

"Small Town Girl" (1953)

Although this video from YouTube is poor quality (the original film is higher), it demonstrates the quality of a large group of sing and dance stars in Hollywood musicals. Some are more well known than others but Bobby Van here shows how many elements went to form a musical number, as he jumps all through the song. Not only was it a great work-out for the star (whether they wanted it or not), but it shows the originality of some musical numbers.

"The Fastest Gun Alive" (1956)

Just as musicals often had song sequences that didn't really have anything to do with the main story, so other gems are hidden in the other films. Here Russ Tamblyn shows his skills at dancing and using all the props around, but it isn't a song and dance film.