Turner Classic Movies will go the musical route Tuesdays and Wednesdays next month, showcasing 24 hours of the genre on those days, featuring films that debuted from the 1920s-1970s.
All told, the vintage movie service’s 93-film festival will cover the history of musicals, including the first sound film, The Jazz Singer (1927), Oct. 6 at 6 a.m.
The festival will present a number of films choreographed by Busby Berkeley and show Bing Crosby singing his classic, “White Christmas,” in 1942’s HolidayInn Oct. 12 at 10:15 p.m.
Other highlights include: the first musical pairing of Fred Astaire with Ginger Rogers, 1933’s Flying Down to Rio (Oct. 5 at 11:30 p.m.); 1964’s My Fair Lady (Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.); and 1944’s Meet Me in St. Louis (Oct. 13 at 8 p.m.).
TCM will also air Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954, Oct. 19, 8 p.m.) as part of the 50th anniversary of the film, which was nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture, and which won for best scoring of a musical.