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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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Musical Moments Salvage Weak, Inaccurate Story and Dialogue 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:
Royce Blackburn ... Specialty Dancer (as The Blackburn Twins)
Dick Haymes ... Dick Haymes

Dorothy Abbott ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... Hollywood Realtor (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Maid (uncredited)
Ramon Blackburn ... Specialty Dancer - The Blackburn Twin (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)

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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120 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Trivia:
Judy Garland was scheduled only to sing with Mickey Rooney in this film, and producer Arthur Freed offered her $50,000 (or half of what she owed the studio for medical bills) to do one take. At the first public screening, the fans asked for more of her, so Freed offered her another $50,000 to do a second song. By the time her scenes were filmed, she had paid back the studio but had made nothing.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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:
Featured in Glorious Technicolor (1998) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Wish I Were in Love AgainSee more »

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32 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Musical Moments Salvage Weak, Inaccurate Story and Dialogue, 13 August 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

To describe the 1948 WORDS AND MUSIC as a "whitewashed" version of the famous song-writing team Rogers and Hart is a gross understatement. Lorenz Hart (1895-1943) was a homosexual in an era when such was flatly unacceptable; the pressures of the closet drove him into a wildly self-destructive alcoholism that ultimately killed him. Richard Rogers (1902-1979)was Hart's polar opposite, a highly disciplined individual who had zero tolerance for Hart's extremes. Their friendship and working relation was stormy, to say the least.

Needless to say, there was no way on earth that 1940s Hollywood could approach these facts. What we get instead is the story of the brilliant but glitchy Hart (Mickey Rooney) who is disappointed in love by singer Peggy McNeil (Betty Garrett), never gets over it, and falls apart as Rogers (Tom Drake) and his wife Dorothy (Janet Leigh) look on in dismay. It's pretty much a lot of pap, but fortunately for all concerned the movie gives us a lot of music along the way.

Most of the music is the form of cameos by a wash of MGM's musical stars. Perry Como has unexpected screen presence; Lena Horne, saddled with the excessive gesticulation and odd costumes typically inflicted upon her during her Hollywood years, still manages to give truly memorable performances of "Where or When" and "The Lady Is A Tramp;" June Allyson does a charming "Thou Swell;" Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen offer a memorable version of the jazz ballet "Slaughter on 10th Avenue." Other notables include Anne Southern, Cyd Charisse, and Mel Torme.

The big noise among the cameos is Judy Garland, who was battling MGM over withheld salary at the time and finally agreed to do two numbers to even out what the studio said she owed them. The result would be the final pairing of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in a motion picture, the two performing a charming duet of "I Wish I Were In Love Again," with Rooney clearly trying to break Garland up--and often succeeding. It's tremendous fun and followed by Garland's hard-belting and equally enjoyable "Johnny One Note."

Cameos aside, the primary cast is quite good with Rooney a stand out as Hart; one wonders at what performance he might have given if the script had been a no-holds-barred account. Granted, WORDS AND MUSIC is the sort film you watch for the musical moments rather than the plot--but when all is said and done it does what it does extremely well. Recommended, but primarily for musical fans.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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