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Release Date:
31 December 1948 (USA) See more »
14 Stars! 22 Songs! 2 Love Stories! 14 Spectacular Scenes! See more »
Fictionalized story of the songwriting partnership of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Notable only for its many musical numbers. See more (34 total) »


  (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
Ramon Blackburn ... One of the Blackburn Twins
Royce Blackburn ... One of the Blackburn Twins
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dick Haymes ... Dick Haymes

Dorothy Abbott ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... Hollywood Realtor (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Maid (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Brakeman (uncredited)
Norman Borine ... Dancer (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)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Blond haired dancer (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 ... Minor Role (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)

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 
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
Sig Frohlich .... stand-in: Mickey Rooney (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
120 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

Cut from the film was the Perry Como rendition of "Lover." However, in the movie trailer, Mr. Como partially sings the waltz. The MGM Studio Orchestra plays "Lover" as the movie's opening credits run. Bonuses on the 2007 DVD, issued by Warner Home Video, include the trailer and footage of Mr. Como's two deleted songs, "Lover" (in a reconstruction of the film's opening) and four takes of "You're Nearer." Audio-only numbers on the DVD include Betty Garrett's complete rendition of "Way Out West (On West End Avenue)," which was shortened in the release print; "My Funny Valentine," sung by Miss Garrett; "My Heart Stood Still" and "I Feel at Home With You," sung by Mr. Como; "Falling in Love With Love," sung by Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen (probably dubbed by Anita Ellis); an extended version of "Manhattan," sung by Mickey Rooney, Tom Drake and Marshall Thompson; plus an extended version of the sequence comprised of "On Your Toes/The Girl Friend/This Can't Be Love," sung by Eileen Wilson (who dubbed Cyd Charisse), Dee Turnell and chorus.See more »
Anachronisms: After he is rejected by Joyce Harmon, Richard Rodgers attends a showing of Camille (1936). This event is shown as taking place prior to the Broadway premiere of _A Connecticut Yankee_, even though the film was released in 1936 and the premiere of _A Connecticut Yankee_ took place in 1927. The clip from "Camille" is shown as if the picture were a silent film, when in fact "Camille" was (and is) one of Garbo's most celebrated talking pictures.See more »
Peggy Lorgan McNeil:I don't think I quite understand.
Lorenz Hart:You will after you've known me ten or fifteen years.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in It's a Great Feeling (1949)See more »
This Can't Be LoveSee more »


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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Notable only for its many musical numbers., 17 February 2003
Author: hrd1963 from Philadelphia, PA

A sanitized account of the personal lives and professional partnership of Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart. Tom Drake is his usual bland self as Rogers and Mickey Rooney is characteristically over-the-top as the self-destructive, troubled Hart. (According to the film, Hart's problems stemmed from a failed romance with a singer, played here by Betty Garrett. In truth, Hart was gay but this was only part of what contributed to his complicated personality.) The film is notable only for its many musical numbers. Among the highlights: Lena Horne's masterful rendition of "Where or When" and "The Lady is a Tramp"; June Allyson and the Blackburn Twins' charming "Thou Swell"; and Judy Garland and Rooney's spirited "I Wish I Were In Love Again" as well as Garland's dynamic "Johnny One Note". The show-stopper, however, is the brilliant jazz ballet, "Slaughter On Tenth Avenue", choreographed by Gene Kelly and danced expertly by Kelly and the fabulous Vera-Ellen. It, alone, is worth the price of admission.

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