Words and music based on the lives and music of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
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The life stories of Broadway tunesmiths Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart are prettified for the screen in MGM's Words and Music. Billed fourth, the colorless Tom Drake plays Rodgers, but never mind that: the film belongs to Mickey Rooney, as the dynamic, self-destructive Lorenz Hart. Understandably, Hart's bisexuality is downplayed. According to MGM, his biggest problem in life is that he was never satisfied with his work. We are, however, especially when those great Rodgers & Hart tunes are performed by the likes of Judy Garland, Janet Leigh, Perry Como, Lena Horne, June Allyson, Cyd Charisse, Betty Garrett, Ann Sothern, Mel Torme, Allyn McLerie, Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen. The musical highlights include Garland's powerhouse rendition of Johnny One-Note, Kelly's Slaughter on 10th Avenue dance solo, Horne's interpretation of Where or When, Allyson's take on Thou Swell, and, best of all, Rooney's premiere performance of I'll Take Manhattan, which he allegedly had just written on the back of an automobile advertisement! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart team up in the 1920s to write songs, about 24 of which are heard here.
Hart, Lorenz, -- 1895-1943 -- Drama.
Composers -- United States -- Drama.
Lyricists -- United States -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Burbank, CA :Distributed by Warner Home Video,2007
|Other Titles|| Songs.
Finklehoffe, Fred F.
(Fred Franklin), 1911-1977.
Bolton, Guy, 1884-1979.
Feiner, Ben, -1965.
Alton, Robert, 1897-1957.
Freed, Arthur, 1894-1973.
Taurog, Norman, 1899-1981.
Allyson, June, 1917-2006.
Como, Perry, 1912-2001.
Kelly, Gene, 1912-1996.
Sothern, Ann, 1909-2001.
Drake, Tom, 1918-1982.
Garrett, Betty, 1919-2011.
Thompson, Marshall, 1925-1992.
Tormé, Mel, 1925-1999.
Hayton, Lennie, 1908-1971.
Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979. Songs.
Warner Home Video (Firm)
June Allyson, Perry Como, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, Mickey Rooney, Ann Sothern, Tom Drake, Cyd Charisse, Betty Garrett, Janet Leigh, Marshall Thompson, Mel Torme, Vera-Ellen.
Lennie Hayton, musical director.
English dialogue, English or French subtitles; closed-captioned.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1948.
Special features: Commentary by historian Richard Barrios; new featurette; extensive audio outtakes; vintage short and classic cartoon; Lover and You're nearer outtakes; theatrical trailer.
DVD; full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono., dual-layer.
1 videodisc (121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.