Words And Music
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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
great to see these stars in their youth,very enjoyable musicalPublished 27 days ago by norman staton
i saw this on tcm and decided i wanted it. so far i have enjoyed it and am glad that i bought it.Published 29 days ago by Scott Gunsalus
This DVD wouldn't play on any DVD player(4) that I have tried. Something about security codes being compatible. You win most but this one is a loose,loose situation.Published 3 months ago by R. Babcock
While 'Words and Music' may not have reflected a particularly accurate portrail of the lives of Rodgers and Hart as a musical it was absolutely superb. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Genders
Since the glenn Miller story, I'm in love with June Allison's voice.... This movie is certainly not the best musical at all, but it's quite pleasant, and the song's so lovely.Published 4 months ago by Stark h
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