Oscar Movies: Best Things in Life Are Free (1956)

Directed by the prolific and versatile Michael (“Casablanca”) Curtiz, “The Best Things in Life Are Free” is a biopic of the songwriting team of DeSylva, Brown, and Henderson, starring Gordon MacRae as Buddy DeSylva, Ernest Borgnine as Lee Brown, and Dan Dailey as Ray Henderson.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Scoring of Musical Picture: Lionel Newman

Oscar Context:

The Oscar stayed in the Newman family:  The winner was Lionel’s brother, Arthur, who won the Oscar for his work with Ken Darby on “The King and I.”