Best Things in Life Are Free, The (1956): Curtiz Musical Biopic

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.

Th movie stars 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.”