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  • Format: DVD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Runtime: 126
  • Cat Number: WHV79532DVD
  • Barcode: 12569795327
  • Release Date: April 1, 2004

The life stories of Broadway tunesmiths Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart

Starring Mickey Rooney Perry Como Judy Garland June Allyson Lena Horne and Gene Kelly.

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 &amp 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 All Movie Guide.

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