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Director:
Writers:
Guy Bolton (story)
Ben Feiner Jr. (adaptation)
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Release Date:
31 December 1948 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The BIGGEST musical! See more »
Plot:
Fictionalized story of the songwriting partnership of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Hollywood bio is salvaged by some nice musical stars... See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

June Allyson ... Alisande La Carteloise (in "A Connecticut Yankee")
Perry Como ... Eddie Lorrison Anders

Judy Garland ... Judy Garland

Lena Horne ... Lena Horne

Gene Kelly ... Gene Kelly

Mickey Rooney ... Lorenz Hart

Ann Sothern ... Joyce Harmon
Tom Drake ... Richard Rodgers

Cyd Charisse ... Margo Grant

Betty Garrett ... Peggy Lorgan McNeil

Janet Leigh ... Dorothy Feiner Rodgers

Marshall Thompson ... Herbert Fields

Mel Tormé ... Mel Tormé

Vera-Ellen ... Vera-Ellen

Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Hart
Richard Quine ... Ben Feiner Jr.
Clinton Sundberg ... Shoe Clerk
Dee Turnell ... Dee Turnell
Edward Earle ... James Fernby Kelly
Harry Antrim ... Dr. Rogers
Ilka Grüning ... Mrs. Rogers
Emory Parnell ... Mr. Feiner
The Blackburn Twins ... Specialty Dancers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gower Champion ... Dancer
Dick Haymes ... Dick Haymes

Dorothy Abbott ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... Hollywood Realtor (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Maid (uncredited)
Ramon Blackburn ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Royce Blackburn ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Brakeman (uncredited)
George Boyce ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Jack Brady Jr. ... Birthday Party Guest (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Man Backstage Calling for Doctor (uncredited)
John Butler ... Dancer (uncredited)
William Cabanne ... Birthday Party Guest (uncredited)
Marietta Canty ... Mary (uncredited)
George M. Carleton ... George (uncredited)
Sue Casey ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Nora Christy ... Baby Party Guest (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Cop in Park (uncredited)
Joe Cook Jr. ... Cabbie (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Italian Waiter (uncredited)
George Davis ... Waiter (uncredited)
Mary Jo Ellis ... Nurse (uncredited)
Peter Ellis ... Baby Party Guest (uncredited)
William Fawcett ... Doorman (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ... Western Union Messenger (uncredited)
Mary Ellen Gleason ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Bob Graham ... Eddie (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Tommy (uncredited)
Don Hayden ... Baby Party Guest (uncredited)
June Hedin ... Mary, Age 12 (uncredited)
Eilene Janssen ... Linda, Age 8 (uncredited)
Doris Kemper ... Housekeeper (uncredited)
Bob Manning ... Baby Party Guest (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... (uncredited)

Allyn Ann McLerie ... Singer in Garrick Gaeities (uncredited)
George Meeker ... Producer (uncredited)
Lora Lee Michel ... Mary, Age 5 (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Martha Montgomery ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Backstage Well-Wisher (uncredited)
Damian O'Flynn ... Producer (uncredited)
Kathleen O'Malley ... Girl in Park (uncredited)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Butler (uncredited)
Rita Rend ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Waiter (uncredited)
Robert Seiter ... Baby Party Guest (uncredited)
Irving Smith ... Porter (uncredited)
George Spaulding ... Doctor (uncredited)
Sandra Spence ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Robert Spencer ... (uncredited)
Helen Spring ... Mrs. Feiner (uncredited)
Mary Stack ... Mary - Age 2 (uncredited)
Jack Sterling ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Garrick's Gaieties Audience Member (uncredited)
Robert Stevenson ... Theatre Electrician (uncredited)
Al Thompson ... Waiter (uncredited)
Candy Toxton ... Showgirl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Norman Taurog 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Guy Bolton  story
Ben Feiner Jr.  adaptation
Fred F. Finklehoffe  writer
Jean Holloway  story

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lennie Hayton (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Rosher 
Harry Stradling Sr. 
 
Film Editing by
Albert Akst 
Ferris Webster 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Richard Pefferle  (as Richard A. Pefferle)
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
Valles 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
Dorothy Ponedel .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Dave Friedman .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dolph Zimmer .... assistant director (as Dolf Zimmer)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... sound
John A. Williams .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Barnes .... grip
Jerome Hester .... still photographer
John M. Nickolaus Jr. .... camera operator (as John Nickolaus Jr.)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lennie Hayton .... musical director
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Robert Tucker .... vocal arranger
 
Other crew
Robert Alton .... choreographer
James Gooch .... associate technicolor color director
Eylla Jacobs .... script supervisor (as Eylla Jacobus)
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Alex Romero .... assistant choreographer
 

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Runtime:
120 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Trivia:
Rodgers and Hart had been working on Broadway successfully since 1919 (their first collaborative production, "A Lonely Romeo" ran for an impressive 222 performances). This film, historically speaking, is wildly inaccurate. The innumerable anachronisms include clothes, hairstyles, cars, musical numbers are attributed incorrectly to various productions, an unmentioned 7-year age difference between Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers, Hart's homosexuality is obviously not addressed (conflict seemingly changed to anxiety over his height), strange leaps in time (The 1936 Garbo poster from Camille (1936) is shown soon after their 1925 hit revue Garrick Gaieties--- the film itself is depicted as a silent picture (!). One of the main productions depicted is 1927's hit musical comedy "A Connecticut Yankee" that shows up on screen long after the Garbo poster. Hart's 1930 trip to Hollywood depicts him being reacquainted with Judy Garland who would've been 7-1/2 years old at the time. More oddly, Perry Como's character Eddie Anders incongruently shifts to Perry Como (!) in the last minutes of the film. Although entertaining, the film is so riddled with inaccuracies (even more so than the oft criticized - - but strangely similar - - Night and Day (1946)) that it should be considered completely fictional.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 26-year-old Judy Garland plays herself set in a scene in which she would have really been around 10 years old.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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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in It's a Great Feeling (1949)See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Hollywood bio is salvaged by some nice musical stars..., 8 January 2004
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

If you have the patience to sit through one of Mickey Rooney's most frantic and hyperactive performances in which Larry Hart becomes a caricature, you'll be rewarded by some typically stylish MGM musical interludes with stars like Judy Garland, Lena Horne, June Allyson, Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen. Perry Como and Mel Torme both have a chance to warble a couple of Rodgers & Hart tunes too.

The musical numbers have the glossy MGM touch but the main storyline is diminished by allowing Rooney to chew so much scenery that he ends up resembling a frantic wind-up toy--and he's less than convincing when he attempts the heavier melodramatics of the final scenes. He throws the whole picture off gear and makes us yearn for the music to start so we can see cameo turns by MGM's roster of stars. His only good moment is a song routine with Judy Garland that he does in typical Rooneyesque manner.

By contrast, the restrained and natural performances of Tom Drake (as Richard Rodgers) and Janet Leigh (as the girl who becomes his wife Dorothy) are a welcome relief. Betty Garrett does well to in a supporting role as Rooney's highly fictional girlfriend.

The only musical number which failed to charm me was the routine given Ann Sothern for the Garrick Gaieties number. A weak song with even weaker choreography. All of the other numbers are done in high style, especially Judy Garland's solo on the "Johnny One-Note" song and June Allyson's delightful "Thou Swell". Lena Horne also gets a chance to strut her stuff with "The Lady Is A Tramp".

Fans of MGM musicals will love this one--with reservations, perhaps, about its inaccuracies and Rooney's sledgehammer acting. A more serious attempt to play Hart is sorely needed--preferably with another actor in the part.



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