Words And Music
M-G-M (1948)
Fri, Aug 11, 10:00 am - 12:15 pm
Recital Hall, The Shedd Institute
As with all biopics about songwriters, M-G-M's 1948 Words And Music is more about Rodgers and Hart's words and music than about Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. The more interesting of the pair, the tortured, self-destructive lyricist Larry Hart (here portrayed by Mickey Rooney) had passed away 5 years earlier, days after the revival of A Connecticut Yankee, his last project with Rodgers, who had finally given up on his Hart and begun a new career with Oscar Hammerstein II. But Hart's complicated life wasn't exactly fare for mid-century Hollywood movies and Rodgers' life was, well, boringly normal. Poor Tom Drake, who played Rodgers, had a tough assignment here! But forgetting the dubious excuse for a plot, the film offers a simply wonderful assortment of 1940s-style settings of Rodgers and Hart hits, performed by a star-studded cast that includes, besides Rooney in his last on-screen appearance with Judy Garland doing "I Wish I Were In Love Again" (she also does "Johnny One Note"), Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen ("Slaughter On Tenth Avenue"), Lena Horne ("The Lady Is A Tramp" and "Where Or When"), Mel Tormé ("Blue Moon"), Perry Como ("Mountain Greenery", "The Blue Room" and "With A Song In My Heart"), Betty Garrett ("Way Out West" and "There's A Small Hotel"), June Allyson ("Thou Swell"), Ann Southern ("Where's That Rainbow?"), and more, including plenty of dancing by Cyd Charisse and several of the aforementioned. So a great entertainment, all told, featuring a huge number of the greatest entries in the classic Songbook.
Event Personnel
Howard Schuman, host
Soundtrack
 The Lady Is A Tramp
(1937) Babes In Arms
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 Manhattan
(1925) Garrick Gaieties
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 Where Or When
(1937) Babes In Arms
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 I Wish I Were In Love Again
(1937) Babes In Arms
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 Johnny One Note
(1937) Babes In Arms
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 Lover
(1932) Love Me Tonight
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 Spring Is Here
(1938) I Married An Angel
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 Where's That Rainbow?
(1926)
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 This Can't Be Love
(1938) The Boys From Syracuse
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 On Your Toes
(1936) On Your Toes
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 Thou Swell
(1927) A Connecticut Yankee
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 Way Out West
(1937) Babes In Arms
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 Mountain Greenery
(1926) Garrick Gaieties 1926
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 The Blue Room
(1926) The Girl Friend
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 Blue Moon
(1934)
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
(1936) On Your Toes
Music by Richard Rodgers
 There's A Small Hotel
(1935) On Your Toes
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 With A Song In My Heart
(1929) Spring Is Here
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Lorenz Hart, 1895-1943
Richard Rodgers, 1902-1979
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Recital Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000
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