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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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User Reviews:
Five Tough Talents 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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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:
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:
Continuity: 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:
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 »
Soundtrack:
ManhattanSee more »

FAQ

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Five Tough Talents, 30 April 2004
Author: harry-76 from Cleveland, Ohio

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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