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A Life in Words and Music (2007)

Though the MGM Musical "Words and Music" celebrates the brilliant body of work by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, the studio misrepresented Hart by omitting his excessive drinking and ... See full summary »

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Peter Fitzgerald
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice LaMarche ... Narrator
Mickey Rooney ... Himself
Mary Rodgers Mary Rodgers ... Herself
Ted Chapin Ted Chapin ... Himself
Richard Barrios Richard Barrios ... Himself
Miles Kreuger ... Himself
Patricia Ward Kelly Patricia Ward Kelly ... Herself
Noel Taylor Noel Taylor ... Himself
Lorenz Hart ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Rodgers ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Drake ... Himself (archive footage)
Alexis Smith ... Linda Lee Porter (archive footage)
Angela Lansbury ... London Speciality (archive footage)
Janet Leigh ... Dorothy Feiner Rodgers (archive footage)
Dorothy Rodgers Dorothy Rodgers ... Herself (archive footage)
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Though the MGM Musical "Words and Music" celebrates the brilliant body of work by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, the studio misrepresented Hart by omitting his excessive drinking and homosexuality as well as Rodgers' crankiness and perfectionism. Written by Peter Fitzgerald

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 2007 (USA) See more »

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New Wave Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

Manhattan
Sung by Mickey Rooney
by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
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A Life in Words and Music was an excellent short documentary on the life and career of Lorenz Hart and his collaboration with Richard Rodgers
28 July 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This was an extra on the Words and Music DVD which discussed the life and impact of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, especially the latter. Among the interviewees is Mary Rodgers, Richard's daughter. Also discussed is the movie in which it's made clear how much M-G-M couldn't depict of Hart's life especially that of being a homosexual, a no-no at the time. As a result, much of it was fictionalized. Some of the performances are also discussed like that of Lena Horne, Judy Garland performing again on film with Mickey Rooney, and Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen concerning the "Slaughter on 10th Avenue" sequence. There's also the mention of what would eventually split the team, namely Hart's not wanting to do what eventually became "Oklahoma!" which led to Rodgers to team with Oscar Hammerstein II for the first time. So on that note, I recommend A Life in Words and Music.


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