Words and Music
MGM, 1948 ( Color, 119 minutes, Production No. 1427 ) 
MGM RECORDS 3771
 
Words and Music is a biographical musical based on the partnership of Richard Rodgers (Tom Drake) and Lorenz Hart (Mickey Rooney). The story line is rather weak (OK, very weak), and Rooney's portrayal of Hart is downright depressing. Though apparently inaccurate, as are most musical biographies, it is a very enjoyable tribute to the great music of this famous duo. Most of MGM's major stars are on hand to deliver some of America's best music as only MGM could do it. Highlights of the film include Judy and Mickey's rendition of "I Wish I Were in Love Again", Judy's "Johnny One Note", Perry Como's "Mountain Greenery", June Allyson's "Thou Swell", and Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen's interpretive ballet, "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue". If you're looking for a great movie, watch something else, but if you want to see a thrilling Rodgers and Hart concert, this is it!
 
~ all songs recorded for the 1948 M-G-M film "Words and Music"
Music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart
 

Track Listing

Title Music: "Lover"
Orchestra and Chorus [ 1:41 ]
 
Manhattan   
Mickey Rooney, Tom Drake 
and Marshall Thompson [ 2:08 ]
 
There's a Small Hotel
Betty Garrett  [ 2:30 ]
 
Mountain Greeneryrecordings featuring Perry Como
Perry Como with Allyn Ann McLerie and Chorus  [ 4:42 ]
 
Where's That Rainbow?
Ann Sothern and Chorus  [ 4:10 ]
 
On Your Toes / The Girl Friend / This Can't Be Love
Eileen Wilson, Dee Turnell and Chorus [ 4:58 ]
 
Blue Roomrecordings featuring Perry Como
Perry Como and Chorus  [ 4:59 ]
 
Thou Swell
June Allyson and The Blackburn Twins  [ 5:43 ]
 
With a Song in My Heart
Tom Drake  [ 1:49 ]
 
Where or When
Lena Horne  [ 3:01 ]
 
The Lady Is a Tramp
Lena Horne [ 2:56 ]
 
I Wish I Were In Love Again
Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney  [ 2:25 ]
 
Johnny One Note
Judy Garland  [ 2:13 ]
 
Blue Moon ( Mel Tormι ) [ 2:07 ]
 
Slaughter on 10th Avenue
Orchestra [ 7:46 ]
 
With a Song in My Heartrecordings featuring Perry Como
Perry Como and Chorus
 
Closing Montage
Cast) [ 3:31 ]
 
Way Out West - outtake
Betty Garrett
 
recordings featuring Perry Como recordings featuring Perry Como
 
Unreleased tracks by Perry Como 
recorded for Words and Music and cut from the film
You're Nearer   MGM Matrix No. 27474 /  Not Used
Lover   MGM Matrix No. 27501 /  Not Used
My Heart Stood Still   MGM Matrix No. 27502 /  Not Used
Musical Direction: Lennie Hayton
Orchestration: Conrad Salinger
Vocal Arrangements: Robert Tucker
Musical numbers staged and directed by: Robert Alton

       

        Credits

Produced by: Arthur Freed
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Screenplay by: Fred Finklehoffe
— story by Guy Bolton and Jean Halloway, 
based on the lives of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, adaptation by Ben Feiner
Musical Direction: Lennie Hayton
Orchestration: Conrad Salinger
Vocal Arrangements: Robert Tucker
Musical numbers staged and directed by: Robert Alton
Photography: Charles Rosher, Harry Stradling
Editors: Albert Akst, Ferris Webster
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith
Released: December 1948

        Cast

Mickey Rooney — Lorenz Hart
Perry Como
— Eddie Lorrison Anders
Ann Sothern
— Joyce Harmon
Tom Drake
— Richard Rodgers
Betty Garrett
— Peggy McNeil
Janet Leigh
— Dorothy Feiner
Marshall Thompson
— Herbert Fields
Jeanette Nolan
— Mrs. Hart
Richard Quine
— Bob Feiner, Jr.
Clinton Sundberg
— Shoe Clerk
Harry Antrim
— Dr. Rodgers
Ilka Gruning
— Mrs. Rodgers

        and Guest Stars:

June Allyson, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, 
Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Mel Torme, 
Vera-Ellen, Dee Turnell, Emory Parnell, 
Helen Spring, Edward Earl, The Blackburn Twins

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