What is the definition of a musical? Could the genre include, as critic Peg Aloi suggests, the toe-tapping horror flick “The Wicker Man” (1973)? Film blogger Dean Treadway says yes. His definition: “A musical is a film that has at least four numbers, either with music or dance at its center, working as an alternate way to tell the story.” With those parameters in mind, here is our eclectic top five.
The Cat and the Fiddle (1934)
Writes reader Donald Caplin, “Jeanette MacDonald’s acting is as great as her singing” To which some might say – who? But as a music student torn between love and a career, MacDonald proves that she is a performer you will remember, especially after her number “Try to Forget.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.