Hollywood Insider - News Entertainment & Culture

Substance & Meaningful Entertainment

Against Gossip & Scandal

Independent Media Network

Global Stories From Local Perspective

Factual Culture News

Hollywood Insider MGM Musicals, Iconic, Movies

Video Version of this Article

Photo/Video: ‘Singing in the Rain’/Loews Inc./Hollywood Insider YouTube Channel

MGM Musicals: The musical-movie genre harkens back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, even the new ones always direct us to those that came before, those iconic films that impacted generation after generation, and without them, Hollywood likely wouldn’t be what it is today. 

Within the musical-movie era, there was a single studio that put out a dizzy rate of musicals in a two-decade span that still holds up today. That studio was MGM. And within the studio, a producer and lyricist, Arthur Freed, rose to prominence, acting as the Kevin Feige of the musical age akin to the Marvel age we live in now. 

And while I could go on for ages listing hidden gems and the many musicals all worth your time, I’ll shorten it to five impactful musicals that if somehow missed, you should mark a week on your calendar and show everyone within your six-foot radius these fun, timeless flicks. 

Related article: 8 Glass-Ceiling Breaking Female Pioneers in Cinema from Old Hollywood to Now

Related article: FACT-CHECKED Series: Rock Hudson & 32 Facts on Gay Hollywood Leading Man

Iconic MGM Musicals:

The Wizard of Oz

Arguably the greatest movie musical ever made, this technicolor masterpiece is a landmark in cinema. From its fantastical set pieces, catchy tunes, a relatable lead in Dorothy, a role that turned Judy Garland into a Hollywood superstar, Wizard of Oz is a classic good versus evil that is sophisticated enough for adults and cheeky in all the ways to keep young kids singing along, even if the Wicked Witch of the West freaks them out for a hot second (let’s be honest: she’s not a nice sight for six-year-olds). 

Though the books preceded the film, Oz had such an impact and an inviting world, from revisionist books, tv appearances, to films and the greatest creation since Oz itself: Wicked (which will finally get a film adaptation in 2021), it spawned a full-on franchise that has lasted decades and shows no signs of slowing down. 

How you should watch: If you can only watch one musical on the list, Oz is your best bet for both craft and historical relevance. Everyone needs to see this ASAP. 

Related article: MUST WATCH – Hollywood Insider’s CEO Pritan Ambroase’s Love Letter to Black Lives Matter – VIDEO

Subscribe to Hollywood Insider’s YouTube Channel, by clicking here. 

Meet Me in St. Louis

This is peak Judy Garland. St. Louis brought with it multiple hits that are covered over and over again: “The Trolley Song,” “The Boy Next Door,” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” (Bet you didn’t know this film is to thank for such a Holiday classic eh?)

The songs mentioned above are so popular, I knew them before I had actually seen the film, but don’t let them overshadow a very American story, and I mean that in the best possible way. Focusing on a family and not one character, a single year puts them through various challenges for each member, all getting a chance to shine and come together even stronger by the end of it. 

How you should watch: No surprise, of all the choices here, this is best viewed with the family. 

Related article: The Power of Positivity: Ikorodu Bois + Chris Hemsworth + Russo Brothers + Sam Hargrave

Limited Time Offer – FREE Subscription to Hollywood Insider – Click here to read more on Hollywood Insider’s vision, values and mission statement here – Media has the responsibility to better our world – Hollywood Insider fully focuses on substance and meaningful entertainment, against gossip and scandal, by combining entertainment, education, and philanthropy. 

An American In Paris

Gene Kelly was the boss during this era. Plain and simple. And this Best Picture-winning film isn’t even his best (don’t worry, that’s next). 

After a practice run in On the Town, a film centered on the fun city streets of New York, Kelly mastered the fun and magical atmosphere cities seemed to hold in the 50s, but instead followed Kelly to Paris. The film blew minds thanks to stunning set design (they couldn’t actually shoot in Paris) and dance ballads that led to six Oscars and proved to many this was a true genre that would inevitably survive the decades. 

How you should watch: AAIP may drag at moments but makes up for mesmerizing choreography and a finale for the age. Young ones may be bored but teens and young adults will certainly enjoy it. 

Related article: The Masters of Cinema Archives: Hollywood Insider Pays Tribute to ‘La Vie En Rose’, Exclusive Interview with Director Olivier Dahan

Related article: A Tribute to Brad Pitt: His Greatest Roles & Transformations – The Winner’s Journey

Singing In The Rain

From a pure film-musical combo standpoint, this classic may be the strongest overall, coming only second to Oz in terms of legacy. The comedic chemistry between Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor is genuine gold, the image of Debbie Reynolds bursting out of a giant celebration cake is as vivid as when I first saw it years ago, and the titular song is literally perfect and works in almost any genre it’s adapted to. 

Singing In The Rain is Kelly at his best here in a story about a major moment in the film industry when The Jazz Singer came and changed everything about filmmaking. 

How you should watch: if you love films equally as much as musicals, this is the one for you. It is a classic in every sense of the word and needs to be absorbed by all, similarly to Oz

Related article: The Rise of Matthew McConaughey: A Tribute to the Powerful Thespian & Superstar Leading Man

Related article: ‘The Undoing’: A Bold Side of Nicole Kidman in HBO’s Newest Suspense Drama


Maybe the least well-known musical masterpiece, Gigi marked the beginning of a decline in movie-musical popularity after twenty years of unbridled success. Gigi had much more adult themes and risqué subject matter than audiences were used to seeing in their musicals. Critically acclaimed, Gigi tackles a story surrounding fame, mistresses, and a complicated relationship (putting it lightly) that sets itself apart from the musicals of the era in many ways. 

How you should watch: Gigi may need a more required taste but could be fulfilling thanks to a change of pace story and stellar performances from its leads Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan who add great depth. It’s a masterpiece that may not always be for everyone, but I’d still recommend it no matter.

And there you have it: five great MGM movie-musicals that I believe everyone should watch at least once in their lives. I’ve given you the good news, now it’s on you to check them off your bucket lists one at a time. And why should you? Because who doesn’t love a good musical, that’s why. 

By Merrick Sinclair

An excerpt from the love letter: Hollywood Insider’s CEO/editor-in-chief Pritan Ambroase affirms, “Hollywood Insider fully supports the much-needed Black Lives Matter movement. We are actively, physically and digitally a part of this global movement. We will continue reporting on this major issue of police brutality and legal murders of Black people to hold the system accountable. We will continue reporting on this major issue with kindness and respect to all Black people, as each and every one of them are seen and heard. Just a reminder, that the Black Lives Matter movement is about more than just police brutality and extends into banking, housing, education, medical, infrastructure, etc. We have the space and time for all your stories. We believe in peaceful/non-violent protests and I would like to request the rest of media to focus on 95% of the protests that are peaceful and working effectively with positive changes happening daily. Media has a responsibility to better the world and Hollywood Insider will continue to do so.”

Vote with a conscience – Register to Vote – Your vote saves lives and ends systemic racism

Ways to support Black Lives Matter Movement to end systemic racism

More Interesting Stories From Hollywood Insider

– Want GUARANTEED SUCCESS? Remove these ten words from your vocabulary| Transform your life INSTANTLY

– Compilation: All James Bond 007 Opening Sequences From 1962 Sean Connery to Daniel Craig

– Do you know the hidden messages in ‘Call Me By Your Name’? Find out behind the scenes facts in the full commentary and In-depth analysis of the cinematic masterpiece

– A Tribute To The Academy Awards: All Best Actor/Actress Speeches From The Beginning Of Oscars 1929-2019 | From Rami Malek, Leonardo DiCaprio To Denzel Washington, Halle Berry & Beyond | From Olivia Colman, Meryl Streep To Bette Davis & Beyond

– In the 32nd Year Of His Career, Keanu Reeves’ Face Continues To Reign After Launching Movies Earning Over $4.3 Billion In Total – “John Wick”, “Toy Story 4”, “Matrix”, And Many More

MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals, MGM musicals

Website It Up