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Words and Music (1948)

Fictionalized story of the songwriting partnership of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.

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Norman Taurog

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
June Allyson ... June Allyson
Perry Como ... Eddie Lorrison Anders
Judy Garland ... Judy Garland
Lena Horne ... Lena Horne
Gene Kelly ... Gene Kelly
Mickey Rooney ... Lorenz 'Larry' Hart
Ann Sothern ... Joyce Harmon
Tom Drake ... Richard 'Dick' Rodgers
Cyd Charisse ... Margo Grant
Betty Garrett ... Peggy Lorgan McNeil
Janet Leigh ... Dorothy Feiner
Marshall Thompson ... Herbert Fields
Mel Tormé ... Mel Tormé (as Mel Torme)
Vera-Ellen ... Vera-Ellen
Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Hart
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Storyline

Encomium to Larry Hart (1895-1943), seen through the fictive eyes of his song-writing partner, Richard Rodgers (1902-1979): from their first meeting, through lean years and their breakthrough, to their successes on Broadway, London, and Hollywood. We see the fruits of Hart and Rodgers' collaboration - elaborately staged numbers from their plays, characters' visits to night clubs, and impromptu performances at parties. We also see Larry's scattered approach to life, his failed love with Peggy McNeil, his unhappiness, and Richard's successful wooing of Dorothy Feiner. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

22 Terrific Rodgers and Hart Tunes! 2 Exciting Love Stories! 5 Great Broadway Musicals Rolled Into One! 14 Spectacular Girl-Filled Production Scenes! 14 Sensational Singing and Dancing Stars! and Color by Technicolor See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ena tragoudi, mia zoi See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,799,970 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Judy Garland's two songs "I Wish I Were in Love Again" and "Johnny One Note" are sung at the same party, but they were filmed four months apart from each other. You can tell based on the longer length of her hair in the second number and the thicker, belt-less waistline (from a slight weight gain) in the dress she is wearing. See more »

Goofs

After he is rejected by Joyce Harmon, Richard Rodgers attends a showing of Camille. 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

Richard 'Dick' Rodgers: That was really black Sunday for me. Shut out twice. Once because I was too young, once because I was too old.
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Connections

Features Camille (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

This Can't Be Love
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
From the musical "The Boys from Syracuse" (1938)
Danced by Cyd Charisse and Dee Turnell with ballerinas
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History it ain't!
8 July 2009 | by jbacks3See all my reviews

I sometimes imagine in horror that people, hundreds of years from now, will dig up _Night and Day (1946)_ (qv) or Words and Music and mistake it for actual history. Anachronisms jump off virtually every frame of both films: here for starters, the time line jumps back and forth inexplicably (it's 1925... no 1936! Nope, try a 1927 where everyone dresses like it's 1948). MGM---for obvious reasons--- brushed aside Lorenz Hart's angst over being gay (his actual personality was the polar opposite of Rooney's portrayal), The clothes are all wrong, songs are incorrectly connected to various productions and most glaringly, Perry Como (his last film) inexplicably morphs into himself in the last few minutes. MGM was in dire straits in 1948--- Loew's was breathing down an increasingly out of touch L.B. Mayer's neck over the red ink bleeding across most of the year's releases (1948 could arguably be cited as the beginning of the studio's long slow slide into decline). This is entertaining but, aside from the short shrift given the Rodgers and Hart partnership split and innumerable snubs at marriage proposals, there isn't any real truth in it. It's a collection of good-to-great musical numbers (best: Slaughter on 10th Avenue) tied to a story that never happened. Great R&H songs though... oddly watchable.


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