But man, the way the studios just pumped these babies out in the '50s! The volume! The variety! Enough so that there sub-genres within sub-genres: jukebox musicals, bandleader bios, remakes of non-musical hits, ballets - all in addition to the standard Broadway adaptations, even re-workings of past stage hits (Anything Goes, for example, completely rewrites a book that had already been re-written). And how do I even categorize something like The Girl Can't Help It? Showcase musical?
Anyway, there are over a dozen musical or musical-adjacent films from 1956. These are the five that were nominated for their score:
The Best Things in Life Are Free
adapting the music of Ray Henderson
third of nine nominations for Musical Score
The Eddy Duchin Story
Morris Stoloff / George Duning
adapting the music of various artists
past two-time winner, 16th of 18 score nominations for Stoloff; fifth and final nomination for DuningOh gosh, how sublime. Haunting and romantic and frivolous, intimate and uproarious. You hear Duchin's sound develop, how he connects to people and life events through his music. It's quite marvelous.
Johnny Green / Saul Chaplin
adapting the music of Cole Porter
past two-time winner, fifth of twelve nominations for Green; past two-time winner, fourth of five nominations for Chaplin
The King and I
Alfred Newman / Ken Darby
adapting the music of Richard Rodgers
eighth of nine wins, 36th of 42 nominations for Newman; first of three wins, first of six nominations for Darby
I'm not about to argue the genius of Richard Rodgers in any form, sorryyyyyyy!
Meet Me in Las Vegas
George Stoll / Johnny Green
adapting the music of Nicholas Brodszky and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
past winner, seventh of eight score nominations for Stoll; past two-time winner, sixth of twelve nominations for Green
Oscar awarded Best Picture nominee The King and I:
STOLOFF / DUNING
THE EDDY DUCHIN STORY
Tomorrow, the nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role: Ingrid Bergman (Anastasia), Carroll Baker (Baby Doll), Katharine Hepburn (The Rainmaker), Nancy Kelly (The Bad Seed) and Deborah Kerr (The King and I).
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