I Won't Dance

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"I Won't Dance" is a song composed by Jerome Kern, with lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto Harbach, for the 1934 London musical Three Sisters. However, Three Sisters flopped and was quickly forgotten, so when the time came to film the Kern-Harbach musical Roberta, the song was interpolated into the film.[1] It became such a hit that it is now included in all stage revivals and recordings of Roberta.

For the RKO film Roberta (1935), Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh changed the lyrics of the song, only keeping the title, which Hammerstein originated. It is the Fields and McHugh lyrics which are best known today.

The song is anachronistically used as a musical number performed by Felicia Day in the made-for-television biography of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Warm Springs, which largely takes place in the year 1924.

The song was also performed by Lucille Bremer and Van Johnson for the 1946 Kern bio-pic Till the Clouds Roll By. Since the scene takes place in a 20s nightclub, its appearance in the chronology of the film is, again, anachronistic.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, John Russell; Jackson, Arthur (1971). The Hollywood Musical. New York: McGraw-Hill. pp. 28–29. 
  2. ^ "Memoirs of the Elephant Man (1999) >". 
  3. ^ "Grey Gardens (2005) > Soundtrack". Internet Movie Database. IMDb. imdb.com. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 

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