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Director: Norman Taurog     Starring: Mickey Rooney
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Format: DVD
Sku: 204408398
UPC: 012569795327
UPC 14: 00012569795327
Category Keywords: Theatrical Release
Rating: NR
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The Biggest Musical! 14 Stars! 22 Songs! 2 Love Stories! 14 Spectacular Scenes!
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.

"...a roll-call of musical comedy and enthusiasm.  Channel 4 Film
"...good song numbers...  Michael E. Grost, Classic Film & Television

Editor's Note
Film biography of Rodgers and Hart with back-to-back showstoppers from a constellation of stars.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, French, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/24/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 121 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 79532
Video UPC UPC: 00012569795327
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Cyd Charisse
Video Cast Info Janet Leigh
Video Cast Info Mickey Rooney
Video Cast Info Perry Como
Video Cast Info Tom Drake
Video Cast Info Albert Akst - Editor
Video Cast Info Arthur Freed - Producer
Video Cast Info Ben Feiner, Jr. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Cedric Gibbons - Art Director
Video Cast Info Charles Rosher - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Ferris Webster - Editor
Video Cast Info Fred F. Finklehoffe - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Gene Kelly - Featuring
Video Cast Info Guy Bolton - Based On Story By
Video Cast Info Harry Stradling, Sr. - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Jack Martin Smith - Art Director
Video Cast Info Jean Holloway - Based On Story By
Video Cast Info Judy Garland - Featuring
Video Cast Info Lena Horne - Featuring
Video Cast Info Norman Taurog - Director
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

Bright Lights Film Journal 10 of 10
"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." - Alan Vanneman

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