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Words and Music (1948)

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

Director:

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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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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Budget:

$2,799,970 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cut from the film was Perry Como's rendition of "Lover," leaving only the choral backup and the MGM studio orchestra to play over the opening credits. However, the movie's trailer includes a snippet of Como singing several lines of the waltz. Bonuses on the 2007 DVD release include the trailer and footage of Como's two deleted songs, "Lover" (in a reconstruction of the film's opening sequence, minus the credits) and four takes of "You're Nearer." Audio-only numbers on the DVD include Betty Garrett's complete rendition of "Way Out West," which was truncated in the release print; "My Funny Valentine," also sung by Garrett; "My Heart Stood Still," sung by Como; "I Feel at Home With You" and an extended version of "Manhattan," sung by Mickey Rooney, Marshall Thompson and Tom Drake (dubbed by Bill Lee); "Falling in Love With Love," sung by Gene Kelly; "You Took Advantage of Me" sung by Kelly and Vera-Ellen (in what appears be the only evidence of her own singing voice being used in a Hollywood film), and an extended version of the sequence comprised of "On Your Toes/The Girl Friend/This Can't Be Love," sung by Dee Turner and Cyd Charisse (dubbed by Eileen Wilson) and chorus. See more »

Goofs

When Judy is singing "Johnny One Note," and gets to the line "... and hear the drum," it is obvious that the snare drummer is not playing what we are hearing. See more »

Quotes

June Allyson: [singing] Thy words are queer, Sir; Unto mine ear, Sir; Yet thou'rt a dear, Sir, to me; Thou could'st woo me...
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Connections

Edited into American Masters: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Where or When
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
From the musical "Babes In Arms" (1937)
Performed by Lena Horne
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Watch it for the musical numbers.
10 September 2003 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

I just saw it on TCM, and a fresh viewing of it gives rise to so many ironies regarding the real Lorenz Hart. Many critics have attacked the film because it so clearly ignores the facts. But what mainstream film do *you* know from 1948 that features an openly gay protagonist? When the studio is sweetness-and-light MGM you simply have to buy the premise and move on. (Note through all of Mickey Rooney's pursuit of Betty Garrett, she keeps alluding to 'something' about him that keeps her from marrying him. Foreshadowing?) Rooney, to his credit, seems to go for pathos in his performance but just overacts the role, and winds up making Hart into some kind of wind-up toy about to explode. Later in the film when he's wallowing in loneliness (punctuated in the party sequence with the song "Blue Moon"), the drama is much better. But more than anything else, there are the exhibits of the glorious songs: "Manhattan," "Thou Swell," "Small Hotel," "With A Song In My Heart," a double-bill of Judy Garland alone and with Rooney (the song "I Wish I Were In Love Again" is a standout); "Where Or When" and "The Lady Is A Tramp" given the chanteuse treatment by Lena Horne; "Blue Room" sung by Perry Como and danced (or, more accurately, spun like a top) by hostess Cyd Charisse; and the sexy "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" finale with Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen. Entertainment at its classiest, nothing more or less.


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