Words and Music

Starring: Mickey Rooney Director: Norman Taurog
Words and Music
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1948
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Mono 1.0 English

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Product Description:

Film biography of Rodgers and Hart with back-to-back showstoppers from a constellation of stars.

Plot Synopsis:

A musical biography of song and show composers Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.
Rodgers, who penned the music, managed to live a reasonably happy and normal life, with a stable marriage and comfortable home. Lyricist Hart, by contrast, gradually grew more and more depressed, and never succeeded in finding the relationship he longed for; he died when only 47 years of age.
The film features numerous musical and choreographic interludes, performed by some of MGM's best-known stars.

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Production Notes:

  • Story adaptation by Ben Feiner, Jr.
  • Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart ended their collaboration in 1941, only two years before Hart's death. Rodgers then began a fruitful partnership with Oscar Hammerstein II, with whom he created such classics as "Oklahoma!," "Carousel," "South Pacific," and "The Sound of Music."
  • Color by Technicolor.
  • Songs include:
    "Where or When"
    "Lady Is a Tramp"
    "Mountain Greenery"
    "There's a Small Hotel"
    "With a Song in My Heart"
    "My Heart Stood Still"
  • Musical numbers include:
    June Allyson singing "Thou Swell" from "Connecticut
    Judy Garland singing "Johnny One-Note"
    Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney singing "I Wish I Were in
    Love Again"
    Lena Horne singing "Where or When" and "Lady Is a Tramp"
    Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen dancing to "Slaughter on 10th
    Mel Torme singing "Blue Moon"
  • The film uses an excerpt from the 1937 film "Camille," directed by George Cukor.
  • Dee Turnell also appears in the film as herself.

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Customer Rating: Rating 4.3
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Rating 4.5 Great songs Movie Lover: from LaGrange, GA US -- August, 11, 2007

Great songs. Tom Drake is great as Rodgers. Mickey Rooney is over the top as Hart. Great songs and well worth the effort if you like Rodgers and Hart.

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  • Sales Rank: 77,201
  • UPC: 012569795327
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