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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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Guy Bolton (story), Ben Feiner Jr. (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"It Never Entered My Mind," sung by 'Betty Garrett (I)', was deleted from the movie. Miss Garrett's vocal is not contained on the soundtrack CD from Sony. See more »

Goofs

26-year-old Judy Garland plays herself set in a scene in which she would have really been around 10 years old. A similar thing happens with the 31-year-old Lena Horne: she would have been about 12 or 13 years old. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Lorgan McNeil: I don't think I quite understand.
Lorenz 'Larry' Hart: You will after you've known me ten or fifteen years.
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Connections

Spoofed in It's a Great Feeling (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

There's a Small Hotel
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
From the musical "On Your Toes" (1936)
Sung by Betty Garrett
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All singing, all dancing, all star cast of thousands
20 February 2007 | by morgana-31See all my reviews

I first saw this movie on TV in 1963. I was only 13 years old. What caused me to sit down and watch was the mention of Mel Torme in the opening credits. I had only just become favorably aware of this man's music but had never seen as much as a photo of him.

This was my first experience of 'The Musical' genre of film and I was enchanted from beginning to end. Well apart from the Mel Torme bit. I think we got more of Larry Hart looking miserable, and his mother looking out of the window (no doubt wondering when this party was going to end. It's 4am and she probably needed her beauty sleep) than we did of Mel.

I was stunned by the brilliant 'Slaughter On 10th Avenue' sequence. There was stuff like this available and yet kids my age were listening to the Beatles? What on earth was wrong with the world? And Lena Horne's out-standing performance of The Lady Is A Tramp just blew me away.

Plot? OK it was sanitized but I didn't know that at the time. Homosexuality was never mentioned back then. I just figured that anyone who would write a song like 'My Funny Valentine' would never score with the ladies.

"Your looks are laughable - unphotographable" Come on. You can't be serious?

I finally found this on DVD a few days ago and couldn't believe my luck. I had wanted to see it again ever since reading in Mel Torme's autobiography that he and Richard Rodgers had had a falling out over how to handle the vocals on 'Blue Moon'. Mel had wanted to go with the meaning of the lyrics, example 'you heard me saying a prayer... (pause) for someone I really could care for.

Rodgers had insisted that he stick with the rhyme, example you heard me saying a prayer for (pause) someone I really could care for.

Sorry, Dick, but I'm with Mel on that one.


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