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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)  »

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Ena tragoudi, mia zoi  »

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Trivia

The vocals by Perry Como and Mel Tormé were not permitted to be included on the MGM soundtrack album. Mr. Como's record label, RCA Victor, issued a single with his commercial recordings of "The Blue Room" and "With a Song in My Heart." Mel, under contract to Capitol Records, waxed another rendition of "Blue Moon." On the Rhino CD, "Mel Tormé in Hollywood," his soundtrack version now is found. 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

Richard Rodgers: That was really black Sunday for me. Shut out twice. Once because I was too young, once because I was too old.
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Featured in Glorious Technicolor (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Manhattan
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
From the musical "The Garrick Gaieties" (1925)
Performed by Mickey Rooney, Tom Drake (dubbed by Bill Lee) and Marshall Thompson
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Five Tough Talents
30 April 2004 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Among the leading cast of "Words and Music" are 5 fine talented performers who posed great problems for future casting. They're all ideally presented here to utilize their best assets.

The stars are Tom Drake, Betty Garrett, Marshall Thompson, Perry Como and Lena Horne. All super-gifted, providing they're given the right forum.

Drake was forever the "boy next door," and his charming, naive persona was seldom as well used as here and in "Meet Me in St. Louis." Garrett had a great personality and contralto voice, who was seldom allowed to show her full potential.

Thompson was the perfect supporting player but, like Tom Drake, limited to lightweight parts which came few and far between.

Como and Horne, while superstars as singers and entertainers, were likewise limited to "specialties" in films rather than leading roles. Como went on to star in his own tv show, which lasted for many seasons. But Horne represented a truly great talent who was wasted in terms of future acting roles and other musical offerings.

They're all presented in "Words and Music" in their element, and come across beautifully. Other stars are well featured in this fictionalized and Hollywoodized bio of two great songwriters, Rodgers and Hart.

What wonderful music this collaboration rendered musical theater, and this film preserves many of their best numbers.


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