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Words and Music

USA, English, 156 mins

  • Director: Norman Taurog
  • Writer: Guy Bolton; Ben Feiner Jr.
  • Producer: Arthur Freed

CGiii Comment

Larry's lyrics were gay and clever and witty but in them all was the note of sadness...

Hollywood and truth - like oil and water...here, Lorenz Hart is a small, sad, unlucky-in love kind-of-guy...not the repressed, depressed, hard-drinking homo that he actually was.

A squeaky clean hatchet job...the truth at the expense of bums on seats - never an issue with Hollywood - bums all the way.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Encomium to Larry Hart (1895-1943), seen through the fictive eyes of his song-writing partner, Richard Rodgers (1902-1979): from their first meeting, through lean years and their breakthrough, to their successes on Broadway, London, and Hollywood. We see the fruits of Hart and Rodgers' collaboration - elaborately staged numbers from their plays, characters' visits to night clubs, and impromptu performances at parties. We also see Larry's scattered approach to life, his failed love with Peggy McNeil, his unhappiness, and Richard's successful wooing of Dorothy Feiner.

Cast & Characters

June Allyson as Alisande La Carteloise;
Perry Como as Eddie Lorrison Anders / Himself;
Judy Garland as Herself;
Lena Horne as Herself;
Gene Kelly as Himself;
Mickey Rooney as Lorenz Hart;
Ann Sothern as Joyce Harmon;
Tom Drake as Richard Rodgers;
Cyd Charisse as Margo Grant;
Betty Garrett as Peggy Lorgan McNeil;
Janet Leigh as Dorothy Feiner Rodgers;
Marshall Thompson as Herbert Fields;
Mel Torme as Himself;
Vera-Ellen as Herself;
Jeanette Nolan as Mrs. Hart

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