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Fictionalized story of the songwriting partnership of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.

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Encomium to Larry Hart (1895-1943), seen through the fictive eyes of his song-writing partner, Richard Rodgers (1902-1979): from their first meeting, through lean years and their breakthrough, to their successes on Broadway, London, and Hollywood. We see the fruits of Hart and Rodgers' collaboration - elaborately staged numbers from their plays, characters' visits to night clubs, and impromptu performances at parties. We also see Larry's scattered approach to life, his failed love with Peggy McNeil, his unhappiness, and Richard's successful wooing of Dorothy Feiner. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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31 December 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ena tragoudi, mia zoi  »

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Trivia

In the marketplace, Judy Garland had two discs of the comically cynical "I Wish I Were in Love Again" - the first recorded at her final Decca session on November 15, 1947, a solo accompanied by the husband-and-wife piano duo, Eadie and Rack; Judy's second on MGM Records, her soundtrack duet with Mickey Rooney, prerecorded on May 28, 1948. Judy's Decca side can be compared to an alternate take on her CD box set from MCA, "The Complete Decca Masters (Plus)." The Rooney-Garland match-up shines on two CD releases: the soundtrack from Sony, along with a Rhino collection, "Romantic Duets From M-G-M Classics." See more »

Goofs

During the "Mountain Greenery" song a dancer drops a platter which breaks and scatters food all over the stage. A few seconds later the platter and the food are gone. See more »

Quotes

Lorenz Hart: Miserable? Me? I'm always happy!
Dorothy Feiner Rodgers: No one's always happy.
Lorenz Hart: Alright, so I'm slightly miserable
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Referenced in Music and Lyrics (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Where's That Rainbow?
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
From the musical "Peggy-Ann" (1926)
Sung and Danced by Ann Sothern, with Ramon Blackburn and Royce Blackburn
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History it ain't!
8 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I sometimes imagine in horror that people, hundreds of years from now, will dig up _Night and Day (1946)_ (qv) or Words and Music and mistake it for actual history. Anachronisms jump off virtually every frame of both films: here for starters, the time line jumps back and forth inexplicably (it's 1925... no 1936! Nope, try a 1927 where everyone dresses like it's 1948). MGM---for obvious reasons--- brushed aside Lorenz Hart's angst over being gay (his actual personality was the polar opposite of Rooney's portrayal), The clothes are all wrong, songs are incorrectly connected to various productions and most glaringly, Perry Como (his last film) inexplicably morphs into himself in the last few minutes. MGM was in dire straits in 1948--- Loew's was breathing down an increasingly out of touch L.B. Mayer's neck over the red ink bleeding across most of the year's releases (1948 could arguably be cited as the beginning of the studio's long slow slide into decline). This is entertaining but, aside from the short shrift given the Rodgers and Hart partnership split and innumerable snubs at marriage proposals, there isn't any real truth in it. It's a collection of good-to-great musical numbers (best: Slaughter on 10th Avenue) tied to a story that never happened. Great R&H songs though... oddly watchable.


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