Words and Music (1948)

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Fictionalized story of the songwriting partnership of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.



  • Janet Leigh and Tom Drake in Words and Music (1948)
  • Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen in Words and Music (1948)
  • Lena Horne in Words and Music (1948)
  • Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in Words and Music (1948)
  • Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in Words and Music (1948)
  • Cyd Charisse and Perry Como in Words and Music (1948)

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9 July 2009 | wes-connors
| Mickey Rooney Takes Manhattan
Even when you consider how these whitewashed Hollywood musical biopic extravaganzas usually play out, "Words and Music" is embarrassingly ill-conceived. MGM might have been wiser to borrow Abbott & Costello from Universal for the roles of Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers. But, the movie is beautifully produced at all times, by Arthur Freed and the studio. And, the musical numbers range from terrific to indispensable. For a song, listen to Mel Tormé doing "Blue Moon"; it's one of the most beautiful renditions of that standard, and became a Capitol hit for Mr. Tormé. For a dance, observe Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen doing "Slaughter on 10th Avenue"; it's a superbly performed and choreographed vignette, and belongs with the best of Mr. Kelly's work.

****** Words and Music (12/9/48) Norman Taurog ~ Mickey Rooney, Tom Drake, Gene Kelly

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