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Mickey Rooney, Tom Drake, Betty Garrett, Janet Leigh, and a host of topmusical performers headline this extravagant biographical tribute to theprolific songwriting duo of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. In theearly 1920s, the diminutive Hart (Rooney) teams up with Rodgers (Drake)to launch a successful 24-year music career, penning nearly 500 songswith him until Hart's death in 1943 at the age of 47. Rodgers marrieshis dream girl (Leigh) while Hart pines after Peggy (Garrett),eventually spiraling into depression and death after her rejection. JuneAllyson, Perry Como, Ann Sothern, Mel Tormé, Cyd Charisse, Judy Garland,and Lena Horne are just some of the singing sensations featured. This isthe last movie in which Garland and Rooney appeared together]]>
- Commentary by historian Richard Barrios
- New featurette
- Extensive audio outtakes
- Vintage short
- Classic cartoon
- Outtakes: "Lover" and "You're Nearer"
- Theatrical trailer
Top Customer Reviews
Granted, this is a somewhat fictionalized account of the songwriting partnership of Rodgers and Hart, the film contains many a classic tune and musical number performed by many of the greatest MGM stars, including June Allyson, Perry Como, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, Ann Sothern, Cyd Charisse, Vera-Ellen, and Judy Garland, all making cameo appearences.
Not to be completely outdone by Mr. Rooney, equally impressive are Tom Drake as Richard Rodgers, who was the "solid" one of the partnership, Janet Leigh as Dorothy Rodgers, and Betty Garrett as a girlfriend of Hart.
Anyone who appreciates the pomp and circumstance that MGM put into their musical films will find this film a treat for the senses.
Forget the plot, it is the musical numbers that are so fresh and exciting even today.
I love Ann Sothern's "Where's That Rainbow" and June Allyson's "Thou Swell", and all the musical numbers.
I loved Garland(even though she appeared frail and unwell). Perry Como with Cyd Charisase "Blue Room" was heaven, and Mountain Greenery with Perry Como. Lena Horne sings the definitive "Lady is a Tramp" and "Where or When" and most underrated Betty Garrett, sings a delightful "Small Hotel". This was musical talent at it's greatest, and to include the "Slaughter Ballet", "On Your Toes Ballet" etc, it is breathtaking. Forget the plot, although Mickey Rooney is a live-wire, and Tom Drake effective as a dull Rodgers, and Janet Leigh as the nice wife.
A must see. The best Composers and the wonderful MGM stars and class.
Needless to say, there was no way on earth that 1940s Hollywood could approach these facts. What we get instead is the story of the brilliant but glitchy Hart (Mickey Rooney) who is disappointed in love by singer Peggy McNeil (Betty Garrett), never gets over it, and falls apart as Rogers (Tom Drake) and his wife Dorothy (Janet Leigh) look on in dismay. It's pretty much a lot of pap, but fortunately for all concerned the movie gives us a lot of music along the way.
Most of the music is the form of cameos by a wash of MGM's musical stars. Perry Como has unexpected screen presence; Lena Horne, saddled with the excessive gesticulation and odd costumes typically inflicted upon her during her Hollywood years, still manages to give truly memorable performances of "Where or When" and "The Lady Is A Tramp;" June Allyson does a charming "Thou Swell;" Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen offer a memorable version of the jazz ballet "Slaughter on 10th Avenue." Other notables include Anne Southern, Cyd Charisse, and Mel Torme.
The big noise among the cameos is Judy Garland, who was battling MGM over withheld salary at the time and finally agreed to do two numbers to even out what the studio said she owed them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just fun to see all these classic stars sing all these classic songs. Storyline is, of course, pretty much not accurate as a biography.Published 3 months ago by S. Johnson
A little disappointed when compared to other musicals following the lives of composers -- but, naturally, it contained some good songs.Published 5 months ago by C. del Uno
I loved this as a very young girl and feel the same today. The 'Slaughter on 10th Ave' music and dance are an all-time favorite. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Judy Wucherer
Classic - My mother loves it. It's a bit crazy at times (plot-wise) but the music by Rodgers and Hart is fabulous!Published 6 months ago by Gayle
This one is also on my list to watch. I am getting ready for a trip, so not too much time for movies. I will enjoy them when I get home.Published 7 months ago by Barbara S. Beagle
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I agree! Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were a way to get the attention of Warner Brothers on the best movies we would buy in a minute if they were put out on DVD with a really good transfer of video and audio. This one is priceless for the "Slaughter on 10th Avenue danced by Gene Kelly... Read More
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