Words and music based on the lives and music of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart

Language and/or Subtitles: English
Format: DVD 2007
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor Film & Audio - Musicals DVD Words
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Collection  Second Floor Film & Audio - Musicals
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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.
Additional Information
Subjects Rodgers, Richard, -- 1902-1979 -- Drama.
Hart, Lorenz, -- 1895-1943 -- Drama.
Composers -- United States -- Drama.
Lyricists -- United States -- Drama.
Feature films.
Musical films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Publisher Burbank, CA :Distributed by Warner Home Video,2007
Edition Full screen.
Other Titles Songs.
Contributors Finklehoffe, Fred F. (Fred Franklin), 1911-1977.
Bolton, Guy, 1884-1979.
Holloway, Jean.
Feiner, Ben, -1965.
Alton, Robert, 1897-1957.
Freed, Arthur, 1894-1973.
Taurog, Norman, 1899-1981.
Allyson, June, 1917-2006.
Como, Perry, 1912-2001.
Garland, Judy.
Horne, Lena.
Kelly, Gene, 1912-1996.
Rooney, Mickey.
Sothern, Ann, 1909-2001.
Drake, Tom, 1918-1982.
Charisse, Cyd.
Garrett, Betty, 1919-2011.
Leigh, Janet.
Thompson, Marshall, 1925-1992.
TormeĢ, Mel, 1925-1999.
Vera-Ellen, 1921-1981.
Hayton, Lennie, 1908-1971.
Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979. Songs.
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Participants/Performers 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.
Other Contributors Lennie Hayton, musical director.
Language English
English dialogue, English or French subtitles; closed-captioned.
Notes 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.
System Details DVD; full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono., dual-layer.
Description 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 1419844407
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