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Sing-a-long with Hollywood’s most beloved musicals this Mother’s Day!

To celebrate the release of the beautifully packaged collector’s box set Must-See Musicals: 10 Film Collection – featuring some of Hollywood’s most beloved musical classics – we have a copy to giveaway!

This guaranteed feel-good collection provides hours of infectious, heart-warming, toe-tapping viewing, with iconic dance routines and stunning production design, that you’ll want to return to again and again.

Must-See Musicals: 10 Film Collection comes in a presentation box decorated with artwork from the original film posters and makes an attractive addition to any DVD collection!

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About the films

42nd Street (1933)

The film that launched the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals, 42nd Street traces the creation of a Broadway show from its first casting call through its blockbuster opening night – when the leading lady twists her ankle and a young chorus girl (Ruby Keller) takes her place and becomes a star.

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien star in this heart-warming tale of the emotional trauma the colourful members of an early 20th Century St. Louis family experience when they learn their father has been transferred and they will have to move to New York.

Easter Parade (1948)

When a famous dancer Don Hewes’ (Fred Astaire) partner, Nadine Hale (Ann Miller) deserts him, he makes a bet that he can make any chorus girl into a star. The chorine he chooses – almost at random – is Hanna Brown (Judy Garland). She starts out a talented nobody, but after singing and dancing her way with Hale through many of the best musical numbers ever filmed, she comes back the star of Easter Parade!

Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

In a musical comedy based on the real-life Western celebrities Annie Oakley (Hutton – Let’s Dance) and Frank Butler (Keel – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) the sparks start to fly when Oakley, who is an incredible shot and a wild, untamed woman, is hired by Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show – threatening the position of the travelling show’s resident sharpshooter, Butler. But love triumphs in the end in this classic tale of the American West.

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Musician Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) rises to stardom during Hollywood’s silent-movie era – paired with the beautiful, jealous and dumb Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). When Lockwood becomes attracted to young studio singer Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds), Lamont has her fired. But with the introduction of talking pictures, audiences laugh when they hear Lockwood speak for the first time—and the studio uses Selden to dub her voice. Set during the advent of “talkies,” this film’s classic song-and-dance numbers celebrate the beginning of movie musicals.

The Band Wagon (1953)

Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse headline this musical comedy about a Hollywood star who returns to the Broadway theatre when no producer wants him for a movie. Egos clash between the movie star, his lithe ballerina co-star and their effete director – and the show bombs in out-of-town tryouts. But the initial failure convinces the stars to work together, re-creating the musical to entertain their audience rather than satisfy their own artistic desires … and they produce a Broadway hit.

Calamity Jane (1953)

Doris Day and Howard Keel star as “Calamity” Jane and “Wild Bill” Hickock in this light-hearted musical based on the lives of two real celebrities of the American West. Calamity Jane is the roughest, toughest gal in the town of Deadwood. And only Wild Bill Hickock is man enough to discover the lady underneath the tough talk and gun belts.

A Star Is Born (1955)

Academy Award winner Judy Garland stars as a young nightclub singer who becomes a star but loses the man she loves – who will not allow himself to hinder her rise to fame once A Star is Born. The career of talented nightclub singer Esther Blodgett (Garland – The Wizard of Oz) is launched by movie star Norman Maine (James Mason), who also wins the young singer’s heart. Esther becomes leading lady Vicki Lester and Mrs. Norman Maine, but as Maine’s career flounders, he sinks into an abyss of alcoholism. Esther chooses to sacrifice her stardom to care for her husband, but he will not allow Esther to abandon her dreams for him.

High Society (1956)

Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby star in this romantic musical comedy with songs by Cole Porter. With socialite Tracy Lord (Kelly) about to remarry, her ex-husband (Cosby) – with the help of a sympathetic reporter (Sinatra) – has 48 hours to convince her that she really still loves him.

Gypsy (1962)

By the time Gypsy Rose Lee became a 1930s burlesque headliner, she had come a long way from vaudeville and out from under her younger sister’s shadow. But there was one force of nature she could never escape: the driving ambition of her mother, the woman who shoved her into the world spotlight. The powerful musical Gypsy is her story. Ringing with the Broadway sass of its score by Jule Stein and Stephen Sondheim, this production sweeps through a grand tour of old-time Vaudeville and the volcanic relationships between Louise (Natalie Wood), the wallflower who would blossom into the sophisticated stripper Gypsy; her mother, Rose (Academy Award winner Rosalind Russel); and Herbie (Academy Award winner Karl Malden), the salesman unfortunate enough to fall in love with Rose.

The films are also available individually on DVD along with other beloved musical classics Little Shop of Horrors, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, By The Light of the Silvery Moon, Love Me or Leave Me, On Moonlight Bay and April in Paris.

Win a copy of Must-See Musicals: 10 Film Collection

To celebrate the release of Must-See Musicals: 10 Film Collection on DVD, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 box set comprising all 10 films. Simply answer the following question…

Q. In what year was A Star Is Born released?

Simply send the answer to Must-See Musicals competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email