Words and Music (1948 film)
|Words and Music|
|Directed by||Norman Taurog|
|Produced by||Arthur Freed|
|Written by||Guy Bolton (story)
Ben Feiner Jr.
|Music by||Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
|Release dates||December 31, 1948|
|Running time||120 minutes|
Words and Music is a 1948 film loosely based on the creative partnership of the composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart. The film starred Mickey Rooney as Hart and Tom Drake as Rodgers, along with Janet Leigh, Betty Garrett, Ann Sothern and numerous musical stars. It is best remembered for the final screen pairing between Rooney and Judy Garland and fine showcasing of the Rodgers and Hart catalogue of songs.
The film sanitized Hart's complex psychological problems and self-destructive behavior. At the movie's beginning, Drake appeared in character as Rodgers to address the audience and introduce the story, as if Rodgers were playing himself.
Though the film performed very well at the box office, it proved to be quite an expensive production and, as a result, barely recouped its cost in its first release.
- Tom Drake as Richard Rodgers
- Mickey Rooney as Lorenz Hart
- Janet Leigh as Dorothy Feiner Rodgers
- Marshall Thompson as Herbert Fields
- Betty Garrett as Peggy Lorgan McNeil
- Jeanette Nolan as Mrs. Hart
- Ann Sothern as Joyce Harmon
- Perry Como as Eddie Lorrison Anders / Himself, in Finale
- Cyd Charisse as Margo Grant
- Richard Quine as Ben Feiner Jr.
- June Allyson performs "Thou Swell."
- Judy Garland performs "Johnny One Note" and "I Wish I Were in Love Again."
- Lena Horne performs "The Lady Is a Tramp" and "Where or When."
- Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen dance "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue."
- Mel Tormé performs "Blue Moon."
- H. Mark Glancy, 'MGM Film Grosses, 1924-28: The Eddie Mannix Ledger', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 12 No. 2 1992 p127-144 at p140
- Words and Music at the Internet Movie Database
- The Judy Garland Online Discography "Words And Music" pages.
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