Biography of songwriter, Broadway pioneer, Jerome Kern. Unable to find immediate success in the USA, Kern sought recognition abroad. He journeyed to England where his dreams of success became real and where he met his future wife Eva.
Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through... See full summary »
Acrobat Eddie Marsh is in the army now. His first act is to become friendly with Kathryn Jones, the colonel's pretty daughter. Their romance hits a few snags, including disapproval from her... See full summary »
Rich kid Danny Churchill (Rooney) has a taste for wine, women and song, but not for higher education. So his father ships him to an all-male college out West where there's not supposed to ... See full summary »
A bumbling pants presser at an upscale hotel's valet service nurses an unrequited crush on a Broadway star. He gets more than he bargained for when she agrees to marry him, to spite her womanizing fiance, and encounters Nazi saboteurs.
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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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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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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