Words and Music

Directed By: Norman Taurog Starring: Mickey Rooney

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This is the story of rogers and hart, the brilliant composer and lyricist who together created the classic movie musicals of the '30s and '40s.


Studio Warner
SKU 204408398
UPC 012569795327
UPC 14 00012569795327
Format DVD
Release Date 7/24/2007
Rating NR
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Film biography of Rodgers and Hart with back-to-back showstoppers from a constellation of stars.
Plot Summary
Summary 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.
Norman Taurog
Mickey Rooney
Cast & Crew
Albert Akst - Editor
Arthur Freed - Producer
Ben Feiner, Jr. - Screenplay
Cedric Gibbons - Art Director
Charles Rosher - Cinematographer
Cyd Charisse - Actor
Ferris Webster - Editor
Fred F. Finklehoffe - Screenplay
Gene Kelly - Featuring
Guy Bolton - Based On Story By
Harry Stradling, Sr. - Cinematographer
Jack Martin Smith - Art Director
Janet Leigh - Actor
Jean Holloway - Based On Story By
Judy Garland - Featuring
Lena Horne - Featuring
Mickey Rooney - Actor
Norman Taurog - Director
Perry Como - Actor
Tom Drake - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1948
Catalog ID 79532
UPC 00012569795327
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 121 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource Bright Lights Film Journal
Review "Is Words and Music, MGM's 1948 ""and then they wrote"" biopic of songwriters Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, a masterpiece? Although long available on video, the film has inspired remarkably little praise. Yet it probably contains more first-rate production numbers than any other Hollywood musical ever made...Mickey Rooney, as Lorenz Hart, gets most of the screen time in Words and Music. Rooney, still alive and kicking as the twentieth century gets ready to fade into the sunset, is regarded as something of a joke today, if he's noticed at all. Yet in his heyday, he really was ""the biggest star in Hollywood,"" as he'll be glad to tell you...Words and Music saves the best for last: a rousing, over the top version of ""Slaughter on Tenth Avenue,"" a jazz ballet tale of Love and Death set among Manhattan's demimonde...This is kitsch that never gets old."
Reviewer Alan Vanneman
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Channel 4 Film ...a roll-call of musical comedy giants...energy and enthusiasm.
Michael E. Grost, Classic Film & Television ...good song numbers...

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