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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 »
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THE BEST OF MGM'S ALL-STAR MUSICALS See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

June Allyson ... June Allyson
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:
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)
Gower Champion ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Nora Christy ... Baby Party Guest (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Cop in Park (uncredited)
Joe Cook Jr. ... Cabbie (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Italian Waiter (uncredited)
Jeanne Coyne ... Showgirl (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)
Matt Mattox ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bert May ... Dancer (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)
Alex Romero ... Dancer (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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Did You Know?

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:
Continuity: After an opening chorus "Oooo's" and "Ahhh's" to the music of the song, "Lover," Tom Drake says, "You have just heard some words and music written by Rodgers and Hart," even though we have heard no words.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Glorious Technicolor (1998) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
ManhattanSee more »

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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
THE BEST OF MGM'S ALL-STAR MUSICALS, 3 September 1999
Author: Suzanne Frasuer

During the 1940's, MGM produced a number of All-Star musicals. The most notable being The Ziegfeld Follies, Till the Clouds Roll By, and Words and Music. The Ziegfeld film is most remembered for its comedy routines: Fanny Brice, Red Skelton, Victor Moore, and Judy Garland's satirical "The Great Lady Gives an Interview". The other two films are idealized biographies of Jerome Kern ("Clouds") and Rodgers and Hart ("Words"), of which the latter is far and away the more entertaining. The Kern film followed closely on the death of the revered composer and is too respectful for its own good. "Words and Music", on the other hand, benefits greatly from the presence of Mickey Rooney (as Larry Hart) and the always delightful Betty Garrett. But, most of all, it's the wide variety of songs that Rodgers and Hart produced that make it such a joy to watch. From June Allyson's lively "Thou Swell" (a highlight in her career) to the dramatic "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" ballet with Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen (a forerunner of the sensual ballet's that Kelly performed in "An American in Paris" and "Singing in the Rain". And of course, there's the wonderful (and final) teaming of Rooney and Judy Garland (the amusing "I Wish I Were in Love Again").

From beginning to end, this is the best of MGM. Don't miss it.

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